- The City of Charles City (pop. 7,457) is home to the City's WhiteWater Recreation Park and Charley Western Recreational Trail.
- The whitewater park is Iowa's first of its type and has three distinct features playable at multiple river flows and skill levels. The Charley Western Recreation Trail runs through Charles City on a former historic railway and along the Cedar River. Public art sculptures and maintained gardens can be seen along the trail.
- At Floyd County's (pop. 15,744) Fossil and Prairie Park Preserve, visitors can collect their own Devonian fossils, hike trails through native prairies and the fossil quarry, and observe the historic beehive kilns used by the Rockford Brick and Tile Co. The preserve is located just a few minutes southwest of the City of Rockford (pop. 834).
- In the City of Nora Springs (pop. 1,371), there is a huge round mass of granite with a large crack on the surface. Based on a popular Native American tale, the granite is named, "The rock with a broken heart".