Waterloo IA United States 50703
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.CampingThe 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.TrailsGeorge 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.LakeThe 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.