Morgan Creek Park

Morgan Creek Park trail development and bridge 2021Morgan Creek Park is located just west of the Cedar Rapids city limits in Linn County providing a wide variety of natural and recreational features within this 352-acre area.  Steep, wooded hills in the east and gently rolling hills in the west combine with the stream valley of Morgan Creek.  Over 4 miles of trails allow you to explore every corner of the park throughout the year. Enjoy the bluebells in spring, the summer prairie flowers, fall colors in the arboretum and cross-country-skiing in the winter.

A major redevelopment is taking place south of the current park, which is where the new day use entrance will be located. 


Morgan Creek Park (new entrance as of May 21, 2022 on south side of park)7212 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids
Morgan Creek Park Campground (north side of park)
7287 Worcester Rd, Palo
Morgan Creek Park Arboretum parking lot (north side of park) 
7439 Worcester Rd, Palo


Family Campground

Campgrounds are open generally from April 15 - October 15, ground conditions permitting. Morgan Creek Family Campground has modern sites with electricity and water. Campsites are equipped with a fire-pad and picnic table, with showers and restrooms nearby. Sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A dumping station is available for use by campers who camped in the park. Camping discount booklets are also available from the park office and campground hosts. Firewood is available at the campground host site.

  • All campers must self-register and pay the required Camping Fee.
  • Visit this link to take a Virtual Tour  of the Morgan Creek Park campground.

Group Campground

A "pack-in" group campground is located at the south end of the day-use area. A short walk is required to reach the campground. Capacity is 15 tents or 45 people. Facilities provided include: six picnic tables, two fire rings with grills, water spigot and a primitive (pit) restroom. The group campground can be reserved online.

Morgan Creek Shelter

The new Morgan Creek Shelter is located within the new development site. it is an open air facility that can be reserved during the park operating season of April 15 - October 15. 

View amenities and make a reservation.

Arboretum & Butterfly Garden

The entrance to the Arboretum is east of the family campground entrance off Worcester Road. A one mile crushed limestone trail loops and winds through over 250 species of trees and shrubs. The collections include: native and exotic shade trees; ornamental trees and shrubs; prairie grasses and forbs; crab apples; lilacs; and the butterfly garden.

Morgan Creek Arboretum
Butterfly Garden Arbo Morgan Creek Park