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Explore Waverly, Iowa – Home of Wartburg College

Located East of New Day Dairy GuestBarn just 20 minutes, you’ll find the collegiate town of Waverly! Home to Wartburg College Waverly is a booming community!

Outdoor Fun in Waverly, Iowa

Waverly is perfect for those who love the outdoors! Situated along the Cedar River, you can enjoy boating, kayaking, and tubing! If you don’t want to travel with all your gear, don’t worry! CrawDaddy Outdoors has everything you can think of to make your trip successful…for rent! Canoes, Kayaks, paddles, dry packs, fishing kayaks, and more are available to rent by the day, weekend, or week! And, they are conveniently located in downtown Waverly, just 2 blocks from the river! (Psssst… you’ll enjoy Waverly’s Main Street district!)

downtown main street businesses

The City of Waverly also offers over 20 different parks that offer a variety of playground equipment, shelters, a beautiful and artfully created bandshell, and more! Brookwood Park offers disc golf. Fishing is also very popular here! In Kohlmann Park (along the Cedar River), you’ll find a play unit, swings, a paved trail, shelter houses, restrooms, fishing, and more!

Memorial Park is centrally located in Waverly and is home to their swimming pool, restrooms, picnic shelters, concession stands, and Kid’s Kingdom, which is a large wooden play unit, a favorite of our guests & our local friends!

Ride the Rail Trail

Trailhead sign for Bike Trail with picnic shelter behind

Ready to take your bike for a spin? We recommend heading to Waverly and jumping on the Waverly Rail Trail. This paved trail not only is a beautiful and short trip out and back across the countryside (7 miles to the junction), it also connects to the Denver Jefferson Trail and the Readlyn Grump Trail!

The trailhead is located in Waverly right behind a Kwik Start which offers modern restrooms to use before or after using the trail! There is parking available at both the Kwik Star and at the trailhead right behind it. You’ll also find a shelter to use to have a picnic if you so choose!

bike trail sign and a shelter in the background

Heading East out of town, the trail takes you across fields and prairies, under roads, over bridges, and through tunnels. It’s quite a fun ride and fairly easy! There are a few small hills, but nothing that isn’t manageable. You’ll even find porta potties along the route and benches to take a rest on!

man and little girl riding bikes with a tunnel ahead of them

Once you return to town, head across the main drag through town (Bremer Ave) and cross the Cedar River on a stunning bridge before coming upon the Nestle factory! From there you can continue on the “bike trail” which takes you on city streets, but does loop through several parts of town!

wooden bridge across a river

Indoor Fun in Waverly

Located on Waverly’s quintessential Main Street, find Tee Up for some golf simulation fun & Chill Axe for all your ax throwing excitement!  Find a climbing wall, indoor pool with a slide, and more at The W on Wartburg’s campus.

Eating in Waverly

Waverly offers several different delicious options to choose from when it’s time to eat! There are several chain restaurants, but also a great variety of locally owned establishments as well!

Places like Sub City (located right on the bike trail) is a local icon serving up fresh sub sandwiches out of the historic depot! Baked goods from The Mixing Bowl are the perfect sweet treat after your ride or to take home for later! If you need to cool off, head across the river to 4 Queens Ice Cream!

Bremer Brewing Company is usually open only Thursday-Mondays in the evenings. It’s a great location for casual dining and tasting the local brews. They have simple selection of party food and often have live music (as well as a selection of board games for you to use!)

Looking for somewhere to dine on Sunday evening or Monday?  El Sol (mexican) and The Other Place (pizza, pasta, burgers) are the best options in Waverly.  Both long-time staples & favorites of the community these are great options anytime.

Other options to check-out most anytime include:

  • Z’s Pizza & Diner, a fantastic family pizzeria with fun pizza options along with other salad and wrap options.
  • The Dirty Dog is a wonderful bar and grill near the Wartburg campus that boasts beautiful artwork & atmosphere, a variety of brews on tap, and tasty food.
  • Sasquatch Jacks is also near the Wartburg campus and won Iowa’s Best Pork Tenderloin a few years back as well as serving a great locally sourced bison burger.
  • Fredricks Sips & Eats is located on Waverly’s Historic & Beautiful Main Street and opened this year.  It boats some great artwork, large selection of brews, and unique food options.

As always, please check with these restaurants before heading to dine as hours are always subject to change.

train depot turned into a subway shop

Enjoying Waverly

While you’re staying with us at the New Day Dairy Guest Barn, we want you to experience the area and that means heading a little East to Waverly! There is a lot of fun to be had in this community complete with parks, a bike trail, delicious restaurants, a great main street, and more! We know you’ll enjoy your trip to Waverly!


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