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George Wyth State Park, Waterloo

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The George Wyth Memorial State Park is a state park of Iowa in the United States. The park was dedicated in 1940 as "Josh Higgins Parkway", named for a popular radio character of the day. In 1956, it was renamed George Wyth Memorial State Park after a well-known Cedar Falls businessman and conservationist.
The park is located near Waterloo and Cedar Falls. Its large expanse of woodland is abundant with many varieties of wildlife. Bird-watchers have observed more than 200 different species and white-tailed deer can be seen year-round. The park has been designated as a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary.
The campground has 69 camping units with modern showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come, first-served basis, while the remainder require reservations.
George Wyth has 5.5mi of paved multi-purpose trails created for biking, in-line skating and walking. These trails are linked to a 80mi trail network within the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. George Wyth also has 6mi of grass hiking trails. In winter, sports such as cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are also popular.
The Lake-to-Lake State Park Bike Route is a 50mi route connecting Pine Lake and George Wyth Memorial State Parks. This route primarily utilizes county highways, and established bike routes and paths once inside Cedar Falls/Waterloo.
The park is unique in that it has several water areas: Brinker Lake, George Wyth Lake, Fisher Lake, Alice Wyth Lake and the Cedar River. Sailboating and windsurfing are also popular. George Wyth beach is a popular swimming spot in the community. The lakes and river provides anglers a variety of fish. Boat ramps are available on the river and lakes. Arrange to visit George Wyth State Park and other attractions in Waterloo using our Waterloo driving holiday planning site.
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  • Wonderful stop on our trip! The only thing that didn't make it 5 stars was not having water hookups. Our site #8 was very spacious. New playground, bath house is old but amazing water pressure in... 
    Wonderful stop on our trip! The only thing that didn't make it 5 stars was not having water hookups. Our site #8 was very spacious. New playground, bath house is old but amazing water pressure in...  more »
  • Winter time is such an underrated time to take in the overall gorgeous park that George Wyth has to offer. Just be sure to bundle up on the cold windy days! 
    Winter time is such an underrated time to take in the overall gorgeous park that George Wyth has to offer. Just be sure to bundle up on the cold windy days!  more »
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  • Really nice campground. So many trees and a beautiful river. Bugs weren't too bad. Flies do bite, but nice little beach area, tons of baby frogs when we went. Plenty of spots and we'll worth the price!! Very affordable and showers are kept up.
  • I loved the George Wyth beach and park when I was living in Waterloo Iowa it was fun at the park because there is a playground and you can fish there and grill out there and at the beach you could buy snacks and food and fish bait and drinks and you can rent some things to play on and you can even fish there to. I live with my fiance and our daughter her name is lily she is 3 mouth's she will be 4 mouths on this Friday on the 22ed I live in Manitowoc Wisconsin now that's why if my mom and dad and brothers if they go there I am not with them when they go. This is our daughter 😊

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