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Mount Trashmore Trails & Overlook

Notable for its flat geography, the highest point in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, isn’t a towering skyscraper. It’s an overlook atop years of solid waste — a landmark we designed to turn a landfill into a community asset. The beloved Mount Trashmore Trails and Overlook stands nearly 950 feet above sea level, adding character to the flat Midwestern landscape. 

Before its transformation, Mount Trashmore opened its doors as a landfill in 1965 and took in waste until its 2006 closure. Two years later the unthinkable happened. Local rainfall and heavy northern snowmelt caused the Cedar River to crest at more than 31 feet — 19 feet above flood stage. Ten square miles were inundated with floodwater, causing the sixth largest Federal Emergency Management Agency declaration ever. Flood water entrenched the community for days, forcing entire buildings, houses and structures to be completely demolished.

The need for waste disposal was dire. It became clear that reopening Mount Trashmore would accelerate cleanup. Over the next four years, more than 430,000 tons of storm debris added 30 feet to the top of Mount Trashmore.

When the landfill closed for good in 2012, the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency began to imagine how the space could be repurposed. The solution — create the best viewpoint in Linn County — a first-of-its-kind overlook with views of historic downtown Cedar Rapids. 

Building on a longtime partnership, the agency brought us in to design the breathtaking space. Mount Trashmore Trails and Overlook features a pavilion with four levels of terraced seating, a viewing deck, picnic areas and benches surrounded by an 18-acre pollinator zone. We also developed an annual inspection plan that specifies continuous monitoring of the closed landfill for elevation change and settlement issues.

The landmark features three trails: a nearly one-mile long walking/hiking trail, a multi-use trail for hikers and bicyclists, and a “flow” trail for seasoned riders. The trails were custom-designed by a Colorado-based mountain biking trail expert, and connect to the nearby 51-mile Cedar Valley Trail network.


Mount Trashmore Park

This article is about the Virginia Beach site. For other uses, see Mount Trashmore (disambiguation).

"Mount Trashmore" in Virginia Beach

Mount Trashmore Park, also known simply as Mount Trashmore, is a city park located in Virginia Beach, Virginia which opened in 1974,[1][2] Mount Trashmore is an example of landfill reuse, as its creation consisted of the conversion of an abandoned landfill into a park. The park spans 165 acres (0.67 km2) with hills larger than 60 feet (18 m) high and 800 feet (240 m) long. Facilities include three large, two medium, and six small picnic shelters, playground areas, four volleyball areas, parking, vending machines and restrooms. Mount Trashmore Park also has multiple walking trails - a Perimeter Trail that measures 1.95 miles (3.14 km), a Lake Trail that measures 1.45 miles (2.33 km), and a Mountain Trail that measures 1.30 miles (2.09 km). The Lake Trail and the Hill Trail may be combined for a trail measuring 2.75 miles (4.43 km). The park also features two lakes where fishing is permitted. Since its opening in the 1970s, it ranks as the most popular park in Virginia Beach, with attendance of over one million visitors a year.[3]

The park is open 7 days a week from 7:30 a.m. until sunset.[4] In warmer weather, the area does still occasionally smell of garbage.[2]

Kids' Cove[edit]

"Kids' Cove" playground at Mount Trashmore Park
The "new" Kids' Cove playground opened in 2010

Kids' Cove, an innovative playground designed for children using children's ideas and input, is also located at Mount Trashmore Park, and opened in 1993. The playground is handicapped accessible and it was constructed totally by volunteers and coordinated by the Virginia Beach Jr. Woman's Club.[5]

A new, $1.4 million Kids' Cove reopened to the public in December 2010. The new playground is nearly twice the size of its predecessor.[6]

Skate Park[edit]

Mount Trashmore Skate Park is located in the northeast corner of the park, where numerous professional skateboarders have made appearances, including Tony Hawk.[7] The 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) skate park opened in August 2003 features an extensive street course including an above-ground, 7-foot-deep (2.1 m) bowl.[5] The park also has a competition-sized vert ramp over 13 feet (4.0 m) tall and 40 feet (12 m) wide. On 16 August 2006, a fire damaged a significant portion of the skate park.[8] The skate park was completely rebuilt as of March 2007.


  1. ^"Mount Trashmore Park"(PDFre). City of Virginia Beach. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  2. ^ abHartough, Sarah. "Mount Trashmore".
  3. ^Garrow, Hattie Brown (2007-03-01), "Trashmore has million(.35) reasons to celebrate", The Virginian-Pilot, archived from the original on 2007-09-26, retrieved 2007-10-05
  4. ^"Virginia Beach Attractions". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  5. ^ abMt. Trashmore Park, Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation, retrieved 2010-06-19
  6. ^"New Mount Trashmore playground opens today".
  7. ^Whelan, Paul (2006-07-06), "The birdman cometh - Tony Hawk", Richmond Times-Dispatch
  8. ^Bourne, Dwayne (2006-08-17), "Fire damages skateboard park at Mount Trashmore", The Virginian-Pilot, archived from the original on 26 September 2007, retrieved 2007-10-05

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Coordinates: 36°49′52″N76°07′24″W / 36.8310°N 76.1232°W / 36.8310; -76.1232

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Mount Trashmore

What You Need to Know

The site access hours are Tuesday - Friday 9:00am-6:00pm,  Saturday - Sunday 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday - Closed.


Mount Trashmore is a former landfill with 6 million tons of garbage. The former landfill is being transitioned into a recreational site. As it looks like a park and has park like features, it is still a landfill. At the top of Mount Trashmore you will find the best view in Linn County! Come see for yourself! If you like to mountain bike, bring out your mountain bike and ride our unique gravity fed flow trail! It's something you won't want to miss!

Please be aware there is increased TICK activity this year. Make sure to check yourself and pets after using the trails.  The Solid Waste Agency is taking steps to limit tick exposure, including mowing vegetation adjacent to trail surfaces and spraying tick repellent along the trails.

All users must check in before using the site. Find more information below. 

Check-In at Recreation BuildingMount-Trashmore-Trails-Check-In.jpg

All users are required to check in before using the site, you will find check-in kiosks inside of the recreation  building. Trail users can bike or walk in from the Cedar Valley Nature Trail or use parking lot adjacent to  the recreation building.

Inside the building you will find: check-in kiosks, restrooms, hydration station, bike fix-it stations, gathering space, picnic tables, benches, & trail staff.

Per current CDC guidelines, while in the recreation building, visitors who have not had the COVID-19 vaccine should wear a mask and maintain 6ft of distance from other users. Those who have had the vaccine do not need to wear a mask. 

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Mt. Trashmore Challenge 

Visitors will have the chance to take part in the Mount Trashmore Challenge.   Information about the Challenge can be found here:  Mount Trashmore Challenge  


Mount Trashmore Rules and Responsibilities

Mount Trashmore Trails are built on a closed and capped landfill. The area is not a public park, but continues to be a regulated and permitted site. Our goal is to provide access to a great view, but with safety as our first priority.

  • Stay on trails! Off-trail use is prohibited. 
  • All trail users (bikers & walkers)  MUST CHECK-IN at kiosks in recreation building. 
  • Bike helmet use is strongly recommended!
  • There are stairs on the Stumptown Trail;  strollers can only be used on the Overlook Trail.
  • When the building is closed, the trails are closed. 
  • Use trails at your own risk. Agency is not responsible for injury or damaged equipment.
Overlook of Mount Trashmore
  • No driving to the top of Mount Trashmore (Visitors with a handicap placard are allowed to drive to the top, stop at recreation building for staff assistance)
  • No smoking & no alcohol.
  • Due to time constraints, walkers will need to be on trails 30 minutes before closing time. 
  • 2 inch or wider tires are recommended for Trashmore Trail.  Mountain bikes or fat tire bikes are recommended

Watch for truck traffic! Trails are adjacent to an operational compost facility with a shared entrance and roads.

Trails at Mount Trashmore

Stumptown trail is for walking and runTrashmore Trailning only. This trail is 5,000ft (appx. 1 mile). No bikes or strollers. This is the longest trail at Mount Trashmore. You will encounter board walks and stairs. Caution: steep grade in sections of trails. Hiking-the-Trails.jpg






Trashmore TrailTrashmore Trail is a downhill bike trail only. No walkers/runners allowed. This trail is a gravity-fed flow trail with mountain biking features and should be ridden carefully. Two inch or wider tires are recommended. Biking-the-Trails-at-Mount-Trashmore.jpg 

Overlook Trail is a multi-use trail that includes bikers and walkers. Overlook of Mount TrashmoreThis trail is 3,400ft (appx. 5/8 mile) and is the shortest way to the top of Mount Trashmore. You may encounter vehicles who are accessing the ADA parking spot at the overlook.  






Trashmore Trail Map

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Trails & Overlook Recreation Coordinator

Zac Hornung is the Recreation Coordinator for the Mount Trashmore trails and overlook. Zac coordinates public access to the trails and overlook, manages the trail system, scenic overlook activities, and promotes the unique site throughout the community. Zac is the contact for tours and event requests at the Mount Trashmore trails and overlook. Interested in volunteering with the trails or working at Mount Trashmore? Give him a call at 319-377-5290 ext. 123 or send him an email.

Mount Trashmore Park - The BEST Park When Living In Virginia Beach!
World-renowned Mount Trashmore Park encompasses 165 acres and is comprised of two man-made mountains, two lakes, two playgrounds, a skate park and vert ramp, and multi-use paths. The main mountain, Mount Trashmore, now 60 feet in height and 800 feet long, was created by compacting layers of solid waste and clean soil. Recognized for its environmental feat, this former landfill features a water-wise garden that boasts xeriscaping which requires minimal water. The park also features a smaller mountain, Encore Hill, and two lakes. Lake Windsor (located along South Blvd.) is brackish water fed by Thalia Creek. Lake Trashmore (located along Edwin Drive) is freshwater and hosts various species of fish. Fishing is permitted from land only and requires a Virginia freshwater fishing​ license​. Anglers must adhere to all State regulations regarding creel and size limits. No boats, swimming or wading is allowed in the lakes. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Kayaks are permitted at Lake Windsor.​ Amenities: - Three Large Picnic Shelters with Charcoal Grills - Two Medium Picnic Shelters with Charcoal Grills - Six Mini Picnic Shelters with Charcoal Grills - Two Volleyball Courts - Horseshoe Pits - Playgrounds - Skate Park - Shared-Use Path - Vending Machines - Public Restrooms - Concessions (seasonal) - Outdoor Fitness Stations​ - Boardwalk Equipment Available for Check Out​ The following items can be checked out of the park office for free with a driver license or other form of photo identification: badminton equipment, corn hole boards and bags, footballs, frisbees, horseshoes, rubber playground balls, soccer balls, volleyballs, volleyball nets and wheelchairs.​ Shelter Reservations​ For shelter reservations, please call 757-385-PARK.​
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