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Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

219.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

White River Trail

3 mi
State: NE
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Portions of the Cowboy Trail are closed because of damages from flooding of the Elkhorn River in 2010. Please refer to Nebraska's Game & Parks website for updates. The Cowboy Trail, one of the country’s ...
NE 219.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The White River Trail runs westward for 3 miles from the park at the intersection of 1st Street and Main Street in Crawford to Fort Robinson State Park. The trail, which is surfaced with crushed rock, ...
NE 3 mi Ballast

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White River Trail

NE - 3 miles

The White River Trail runs westward for 3 miles from the park at the intersection of 1st Street and Main Street in Crawford to Fort Robinson State Park. The trail, which is surfaced with crushed rock, ...

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

NE - 219.3 miles

Portions of the Cowboy Trail are closed because of damages from flooding of the Elkhorn River in 2010. Please refer to Nebraska's Game & Parks website for updates. The Cowboy Trail, one of the country’s ...

White River Trail

NE - 3 miles

The White River Trail runs westward for 3 miles from the park at the intersection of 1st Street and Main Street in Crawford to Fort Robinson State Park. The trail, which is surfaced with crushed rock, ...

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

NE - 219.3 miles

Portions of the Cowboy Trail are closed because of damages from flooding of the Elkhorn River in 2010. Please refer to Nebraska's Game & Parks website for updates. The Cowboy Trail, one of the country’s ...

White River Trail

NE - 3 miles

The White River Trail runs westward for 3 miles from the park at the intersection of 1st Street and Main Street in Crawford to Fort Robinson State Park. The trail, which is surfaced with crushed rock, ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Condition depends on where you are

March, 2017 by tadavis1

My son and I drove up from Omaha to Norfolk and on to Long Pine for a biking, hiking, fishing weekend. Only rode the trail from Norfolk west for 5 miles, about halfway to Battle Creek. That part of the trail was very nice - 2 miles of concrete and 3 miles of pea gravel. Nice bridge over the Elkhorn River. However, further west the trail parallels Hwys. 275 & 20. We could see a lot of it from the road as we drove and the further west we drove, the worse it looked. There were sections where it was almost completely overgrown with weeds. Would not want to ride there at all. It's too bad, this could be a very nice trail, but central sections are very neglected if maintained at all. Hence, the 3 star rating.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

SAND BURS SAND BURS SAND BURS DID I MENTION SAND BURS

October, 2016 by usamade21

This trail has great potential but is just flat out ignored, poorly maintained never open all the way through and very rarely traveled without a flat tire, bring a spare or patches.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

East end MUCH nicer than West end

May, 2015 by glhaberman

After a not very pleasant ride on the west end of this trail last fall, tried the East end in May 2015. Much nicer trail. Started in Norfolk and went out 1 mile past Battle Creek before impending rain forced me to turn around and head back. No issues at all in the 11 miles from Norfolk to just past Battle Creek. Except for getting rained on, very nice ride!

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Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Washboard trail

April, 2015 by glhaberman

We did a 40 mile ride in October 2014, starting in Valentine and, except for the first 5 miles, the trail was not in good condition. A 2 or 3 mile stretch of continuous washboard almost made us turn around. At about mile 18, we hit a stretch that was very overgrown with weeds and our tires become covered in stickers. That did make us turn around. (We did a few miles around town to give us a nice round 40 miles.)

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

2014 Norfolk to Battle Creek part of Cowboy Trail

September, 2014 by juzzell

I ride the trail regularly. There is a new mile that starts on south 1st Street--south of where it appears the town ends, so keep going until you see the parking lot and a bridge for the trail. It is cement thru Ta-Ha-Zouka Park--which is on S. Hwy. 81, and is where the trail used to start. The cement continues until west of behind-the-Goodyear plant. Then it is crushed rock. The bridge washed out by that flood has been repaired, elongated, and now has a nice shelter to pull off the trail and have a break. It overlooks the river. Yesterday a blue heron flew with me as I rode over the bridge, and then "disappeared" into the shore. I have ridden the 11 miles from 1st Street to Battle Creek and back. Have coffee with the locals at the gas station in Battle Creek, and the shopping at Red Bud Hardware is definitely worth the time! It has something for everybody to look at--tools, toys, pretties for the house, and great licorice from Australia. Have not been further out than Battle Creek, but Norfolk to Battle Creek is fine!

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

2014 Norfolk to Battle Creek part of Cowboy Trail

September, 2014 by juzzell

I ride the trail regularly. There is a new mile that starts on south 1st Street--south of where it appears the town ends, so keep going until you see the parking lot and a bridge for the trail. It is cement thru Ta-Ha-Zouka Park--which is on S. Hwy. 81, and is where the trail used to start. The cement continues until west of behind-the-Goodyear plant. Then it is crushed rock. The bridge washed out by that flood has been repaired, elongated, and now has a nice shelter to pull off the trail and have a break. It overlooks the river. Yesterday a blue heron flew with me as I rode over the bridge, and then "disappeared" into the shore. I have ridden the 11 miles from 1st Street to Battle Creek and back. Have coffee with the locals at the gas station in Battle Creek, and the shopping at Red Bud Hardware is definitely worth the time! It has something for everybody to look at--tools, toys, pretties for the house, and great licorice from Australia. Have not been further out than Battle Creek, but Norfolk to Battle Creek is fine!

White River Trail

Great Trail

July, 2014 by deeel.dawe

We were camping at Ft. Robinson. The trailhead was clearly marked. The tracks you can clearly see right by the campground we were at (Red Cloud). Very picturesque! Be aware there is poison ivy on the shoulder of the trail. Also, if you park at Ft. Robinson, you will need a Nebraska State Parks sticker to come into the park. This was very enjoyable to run!

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Minimum Maintenance east of Valentine

August, 2013 by bert16

My family bicycled over 100 miles of the Cowboy trail starting in Valentine. Although the first 5 or so miles near the trestle bridge are good, east of Valentine we encountered abused sections of trail. Clearly local ranchers and farmers view the trail as another access road to their fields. There was severe washboarding for several miles. In general, the trail was poorly maintained for large sections and the still not repaired washouts in the Elkhorn River Valley were a further disappointment. Signs for trailheads and mile markers were nonexistent and services in towns poor. We planned our vacation around this trail to compliment tubing on the Niobrara, so we were very disappointed. From speaking to people in Valentine, it was clear that many thought the trail was a waste of money and that locals were divided on whether to give the land back to local ranchers or support the trail. Locals were surprised to see bikers using the trail. The scenery was beautiful; what a pity the trail was so poorly maintained.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

May 2013 - It is still bad

May, 2013 by marvin58

Started from Norfolk. Trailhead(?) was supposed to be at the end of city street (Omaha?), but not marked. Went left and ended up in city park. Reversed course (2+ miles back) and shortly after leaving the pavement started sinking a 1/4 inch into trail. Moderate to difficultly in pedaling. By Battle Creek, it was getting worse. Between Battle Creek and Meadow _____, I was sinking up to an inch into the trail (extreme difficulty in pedaling. Trail sign said it was "closed until further notice 1 mile outside Meadow ______. Pedaled to highway and had my wife pick me up. Very disappointing.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

July, 2012 by bobkaylor

This trail is basically unused due to its surface. One 6 mile stretch east of Valentine had washboard ~ 3-4 inches deep. Two other stretches farther east had had cattle and horses on it when wet, so was very chopped up. The entire trail was surfaced with small gravel which had not been rolled into the surface, so was variable in depth, catching front tires at times. We were using 700-28 and 700-36 tires. Because of the surface we rode most of the 180 miles on US 20, as did other riders we saw. I would never recommend this trail to anyone. Most of the trail was within 20 yards of US 20.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Several breaks in the trail

July, 2012 by mlastovica58

If you think you can ride 195 continuous miles on this trail point-to-point, think again. You can't get from Norfolk to Bridgeport, there's a bridge out. You can't get from O'Neil to Clearwater, another bridge is out and about 5 miles of trail have been washed away. It will never be replaced. We rode from Tilden to just outside O'Neil (thinking we could get to Clearwater) and it was rough and bone jarring. I couldn't wait to get off of it for the day, and this is supposed on a good part of the trail. We only went 36 miles but I was finished. Keep your eyes on the trail or you might hit one of the gopher holes that's been washed out and pop a tire or break a spoke. It makes me very sad that this trail is deteriorating so badly because it could be so beautiful. Four years ago we rode from Valentine east to cross the beautiful bridge overlooking the valley, and that was worth it, but the total ride is maybe 10 miles.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Nice trail....but bridge is still out

June, 2011 by swinak

June 14th, 2011 Nice trail....but bridge is still out appx 4 miles from Ta-Ha Zouka park

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