The Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Byway consists of 30 miles of outdoor recreation, education, and sports facilities along Highway 13 and encompasses five municipalities: Bertram, Cedar Rapids, Central City, Coggon, and Marion, as well as rural Linn County. Book-ended by the Wapsipinicon and Cedar Rivers, the byway is a collection of over 20 sites including county parks, sports fields, non-profit education centers, and many others.
By recognizing the similarities and shared passion the partners have in creating the byway, the region is able to capitalize the people, who come together from many different backgrounds to take advantage of the parks and sports opportunities offered by the byway, create new partnerships, and live healthier lives.
The Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Byway provides a foundation for the region to support more livable communities, become a tourist destination, and expand its economic base.
The Cedar-Wapsi Recreational Byway was designated an Iowa Great Place in 2014 and re-designated in 2019.