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Best Trails in Cedar Rapids for Hiking, Biking and More!

Best Trails in Cedar Rapids for Hiking, Biking and More!

What’s your favorite trail to bike or hike in Cedar Rapids? If you don’t have one yet, or you’re looking for something new, we can help with that. We asked around town to learn about everyone’s favorite trails for biking, hiking and running, as well as your favorite places to stop along the way. We narrowed it down to your top five trails. Best scenic trail in Cedar Rapids The Sac & Fox Trail Crushed limestone; 7.1 miles  This peaceful, shady gem, maintained by the City of Cedar Rapids, runs seven miles long Indian Creek and the Cedar River on...
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SOKO Outfitters - A Cedar Rapids Outdoor Store Year in Review

SOKO Outfitters - A Cedar Rapids Outdoor Store Year in Review

As SOKO Outfitters celebrates one year open in Cedar Rapids, a look back at the past year -- and what’s to come As SOKO Outfitters approaches its one-year Grand Opening anniversary in October, one thing is clear: this community is coming together around SOKO, which together with its customers is contributing in a meaningful way to growing the active outdoor scene in a place where some would say it’s least expected. From an incredible trip to the Grand Canyon, to massively successful events like Paddle Day, to presentations and pint nights and yoga and rock climbing and so much more,...
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Manager Visit: ON Running Shoes & Gear

Manager Visit: ON Running Shoes & Gear

We’re on cloud nine coming back from Portland, Oregon! Paul and myself were invited out by ON Running to learn about the brand/technology, go on epic runs, enjoy the downtown district, and meet people from stores just like ours! And if you’ve never heard about ON, they are a Swiss company that was born from the idea of soft landings, followed by explosive take-offs – what they call “running on clouds.” DAY ONE: We started our day touring their USA HQ, where we were greeted with a huge wall of shoes (photo above) – all available for us to demo....
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Brands Offered at SOKO Outfitters

Brands Offered at SOKO Outfitters

Let's face it, when you're looking for outdoor gear, the brand matters. When you're in the middle of a camping trip, a climb, hiking, fishing or any other outdoor activity, the last thing you want is for your gear to break down. That's why we've cultivated relationships with the best names in the industry. These include some of the best hiking boots and outdoor gear you can buy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You can read about them here or stop by the store in early September to check them out for yourself! Kuhl A better hat design is where Kuhl...
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Everything you need to know about kayaking in Eastern Iowa

Everything you need to know about kayaking in Eastern Iowa

Looking for fun and adventure in Iowa? Then you should be looking from the seat of a kayak. Kayaking is arguably one of the best recreational activities available in Iowa. You’ll take in gorgeous views like towering limestone bluffs, dense hilly woods, and iconic Iowa fields. You’ll get to see plenty of wildlife in its natural habitat, like bald eagles, painted turtles, and swallowtail butterflies. You’ll get an upper body workout, if you want - or you can relax, paddling only to steer. Paddle with a big group or choose a more remote water trail and enjoy the peace and...
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