Council Bluffs, IA Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
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144th Street Trail

8.5 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

84th Street Trail

6.35 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Bellevue Loop Trail

8.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Big Papio Trail

9.88 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

0.6 mi
State: IA, NE
Concrete

Boulevard Trail

3.1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Bull Creek Pathway

0.6 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Burt Street Trail

0.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Deerfield Lions Trail

1 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Field Club Trail

1.8 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Flanagan Lake Trail

5.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Huntington Park Trailway

0.84 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Indian Creek Trail (IA)

3.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Iowa Riverfront Trail

6.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Keystone Trail

15 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Lake Manawa Trail

7.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Marv Holubar Trail

2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

13 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail East

21.7 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail West

5.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete
Accordion

Murdock Trail

4.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

North Atlantic Trails System

5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Northern Atlantic Trails System

6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Gravel

Omaha Riverfront Trail

20.1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Piney Creek Park Trail (NE)

0.9 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Platte River Connection

1 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Prairie Queen Trail

4.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Railroad Highway Trail

2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Red Oak Trail

1.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

3.75 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Shanda Dixon Trail

1.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Skyline Trail (NE)

2.97 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Sorensen Parkway Trail

4.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

South Omaha Trail

3.6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Stanton Greenbelt Trail

1.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Steamboat Trace Trail

21.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Superior Street Trail

4.42 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

T-Bone Trail

19.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Turner Boulevard Trail

1.7 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Valley View Trail

7.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Veterans Memorial Trail (IA)

5 mi
State: IA, NE
Concrete

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

63 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Walnut Creek Lake Trail

3.1 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Wehrspann Lake Trail

6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

West Papio Trail

22.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Western Historic Trails Center Link

1.9 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Westin Hills Trail

1.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Zorinsky Lake Trail

7.4 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This trail is an 8-mile long winding pathway stretching from north to south along 144th Street (State Route 50). It is an important route for both recreation and transportation, providing safe...
NE 8.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
For commuters, the 84th Street Trail provides a convenient, north-south route paralleling its namesake road from Mahoney Park and Adams Street to Old Cheney Road. For recreationists, the trail...
NE 6.35 mi Concrete
The Bellevue Loop Trail is actually the southern extension of the Keystone Trail, and it is occasionally referred to simply as part of the longer trail. The trail makes a loop around the southern edge...
NE 8.9 mi Concrete
Omaha's Big Papio Trail follows the route of Big Papillion Creek from southern Omaha to the city's northwestern corner. The paved trail begins along the creek at Harrison Street in Seymour Smith Park,...
NE 9.88 mi Concrete
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge—named for the former Nebraska senator who helped secure much of its funding—opened in September 2008 as the first dedicated pedestrian bridge to connect two states....
IA, NE 0.6 mi Concrete
The Boulevard Trail (also known as the Happy Hollow Trail) is a 10-foot, 3-mile trail winding through the tree-lined, historic neighborhoods of midtown Omaha. The trail splits off from the Keystone...
NE 3.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Bull Creek Pathway is a short neighborhood path with a lot of use. The multi-use pathway runs parallel to Bull Creek and links Harl-Holt Park to Washington Elementary, Schuler Elementary and...
IA 0.6 mi Concrete
In the heart of Omaha, the Burt Street Trail provides an east-west route between N. 20th Street and N. 30th Street paralleling its namesake roadway. Along the way, it traverses the Creighton...
NE 0.8 mi Asphalt
Stretching a mile across Blair’s northwest side, the Deerfield Lions Trail is so named because it connects the Deerfield subdivision (and Deerfield Elementary School) at one end and Lions Club Park at...
NE 1 mi Concrete
Following a former railroad route, the Field Club Trail spans nearly 2 miles in one of Omaha's older neighborhoods. The northern portion of the trail—beginning just south of the University of Nebraska...
NE 1.8 mi Concrete
Flanagan Lake, opened to the public in July 2018, is a 220-acre reservoir designed to aid in flood control on the outskirts of Omaha. Named for Father Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded the...
NE 5.2 mi Concrete
Running through a quiet neighborhood in the western reaches of Omaha, the Huntington Park Trailway (also known more simply as the Huntington Trail) offers a nice concrete path, ideal for residents...
NE 0.84 mi Concrete
The Indian Creek Trail in Council Bluffs runs north along Indian Creek from busy US 275—where it meets the Veterans Memorial Trail and Lake Manawa Trail—to the southwestern edge of Sunset Park on 16th...
IA 3.5 mi Concrete
The Iowa Riverfront Trail in Council Bluffs spans the western side of the city along the Missouri River. For most of the route, bikers, runners, skaters and walkers are treated to spectacular views of...
IA 6.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Keystone Trail is a popular urban-to-rural corridor for commuters and recreationalists of all stripes: college students, business professionals, families and others who desire access to Omaha's...
NE 15 mi Concrete
The Lake Manawa Trail in Council Bluffs links the city's industrial core along US 275 with Lake Manawa State Park, a popular destination for hiking, camping, boating, fishing and swimming. In the...
IA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Vascilating between natural and suburban surroundings in the outskirts of Bellevue, the Marv Holubar Trail offers an important off-road connection from local neighborhoods to popular shopping...
NE 2 mi Concrete
The MoPac Trail in Springfield is an integral component of what is planned to be a more than 50-mile recreational trail between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska's two largest cities. Four sections of the...
NE 13 mi Crushed Stone
The MoPac Trail follows the former Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac"). This eastern segment of the rail corridor offers a rural experience, heading east from the outskirts of...
NE 21.7 mi Crushed Stone
MoPac Trail West follows the former Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac") from central Lincoln to the city's eastern outskirts, where it joins the MoPac Trail East. The concrete...
NE 5.3 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Murdock Trail, named after the businessman who donated the land to the City of Lincoln, travels east-west for nearly 5 miles through northern Lincoln and its Havelock neighborhood. The trail runs...
NE 4.7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Just north of the small Iowa city of Atlantic, a sprawling network of concrete multi-use trails have been built, enabling cyclists and pedestrians to safely explore the lovely natural landscape around...
IA 5 mi Concrete
The Northern Atlantic Trails System connects two major recreation sites in Atlantic, Iowa. On the west end is the Schildberg Recreation Area, where 1.3 miles of trail wrap around the three lakes in...
IA 6 mi Asphalt, Gravel
The Omaha Riverfront Trail is currently open in three sections along the Missouri River in Nebraska's largest city. In the south, the trail begins at Missouri Avenue/US 275's approach to the South...
NE 20.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This trail provides a safe place to walk, roll or jog within the Elkhorn neighborhood on the west side of Omaha. The concrete path sits in the Piney Creek greenbelt, which also the site of a small...
NE 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Platte River Connection is a short, but critical, route that will one day link the vast trail systems of the two most populous Nebraskan cities, Lincoln and Omaha. The trail's centerpiece is the...
NE 1 mi Crushed Stone
The Prairie Queen Recreation Area offers a beautiful outdoor space for residents of Papillion, which lies southeast of Omaha. Looping around the lake at its center is a paved pathway, which offers...
NE 4.2 mi Concrete
The 2-mile long Railroad Highway Trail runs through gently undulating farmland just outside of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The trails sits within the corridor of Railroad Highway, but is separated from the...
IA 2 mi Concrete
The Red Oak Trail is a concrete biking and walking trail that runs through a series of lightly-wooded fields around the edge of the local high school and cemetery in the small city of Red Oak, Iowa....
IA 1.2 mi Concrete
The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail travels nearly 4 miles along an asphalt path atop a former railbed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Starting near an I-80 on-ramp,...
IA 3.75 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Shanda Dixon Trail borders a residential area along Fremont Street in northeastern Lincoln and makes its way east to Mahoney Park. The trail circles the park, which offers athletic facilities and...
NE 1.7 mi Concrete
In just under three miles, the Skyline Trail takes users across a variety of settings - suburban residential, main street commercial, and agricultural. The trail is found in Elkhorn, on the west edge...
NE 2.97 mi Asphalt
The multiuse trail sits alongside the Sorensen Parkway, extending from the scenic Fontenelle Boulevard west to N 90th Street and Military Road. It provides a recreational path for residents of the...
NE 4.8 mi Asphalt
The South Omaha Trail serves as an important connector for the city, linking the Keystone Trail, Karen Park, Karen Western Elementary School and the Field Club Trail. The paved pathway is built on a...
NE 3.6 mi Concrete
Extending north from the 144th Street Trail, the Standing Bear Lake and Recreation Area Trail spans over four miles around Standing Bear Lake and the surrounding neighborhoods and parkland. A popular...
NE 4.4 mi Concrete
A concrete pathway that encircles the small community of Stanton, Iowa, the Stanton Greenbelt Trail gives residents a convenient recreation trail right in their backyards. The trail forms a semicircle...
IA 1.5 mi Concrete
The Steamboat Trace Trail in southeastern Nebraska rests on a former Burlington Northern railroad corridor stretching from Brownville to just south of Nebraska City. The corridor was railbanked by...
NE 21.4 mi Crushed Stone
The Superior Street Trail is primarily a commuter route following its namesake thoroughfare from US 6 (Cornhusker Highway) in Lincoln to the Highlands neighborhood on the western edge of the city. The...
NE 4.42 mi Asphalt
The T-Bone Trail stretches nearly 20 miles between Audubon and Pymosa township in western Iowa. The paved pathway follows a former railroad right-of-way and offers beautiful countryside views. On the...
IA 19.6 mi Asphalt
The Turner Boulevard Trail offers a north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway through residential neighborhoods on Omaha's west side. Although just shy of 2 miles long, the paved pathway...
NE 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Valley View Trail spans the eastern side of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passing close to residential neighborhoods, retail hubs, parks and rural areas. Along the way, trail users can read historical...
IA 7.2 mi Concrete
Council Bluffs' Veterans Memorial Trail runs adjacent to US 275—also known as Veterans Memorial Highway—for its 5 mile route. On the non-highway side of the trail, runners, walkers, bikers and skaters...
IA, NE 5 mi Concrete
Notice: On April 9, 2020, the East Nishnabotna bridge on the north side of Shenandoah was damaged by a fire. Over 50 feet will have to be completely torn off and rebuilt. There is no through access:...
IA 63 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Walnut Creek Lake Recreation Area is a natural gem in Papillion, a southwestern suburb of Omaha. The 450-acre park features a paved multiuse pathway circling Walnut Creek Lake. Along the way,...
NE 3.1 mi Concrete
The Wehrspann Lake Trail loops around its namesake reservoir in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area on the southwestern outskirts of Omaha. There are benches and picnic spots along the paved pathway to...
NE 6 mi Concrete
The West Papio Trail offers nearly 23 miles of paved trail in the western Omaha metro region. The pathway begins just west of S. 36th Street in Bellevue, where it connects with the Keystone Trail, and...
NE 22.9 mi Concrete
Although one of the shorter trails in Council Bluffs' outstanding system, the Western Historic Trails Center Link provides an excellent connection between two longer trails. In the south, the trail...
IA 1.9 mi Concrete
Providing an invaluable connection between the 144th Street Trail and the West Papio Trail, two key trails in the Omaha area's trail network, the Westin Hills Trail also serves as a pleasant community...
NE 1.9 mi Concrete
The Zorinsky Lake Trail offers a pleasant excursion on the western outskirts of Omaha. The paved pathway encircles a 255-acre lake, offering beautiful views of the water from all angles. The full...
NE 7.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete

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Recent Trail Reviews

Platte River Connection

Closed

September, 2020 by jerryklnk

I got to the east end of the bridge and it was blocked by heavy construction equipment and some workers told me the bridge is closed. Obviously.

Platte River Connection

Bridge closed and barricaded

September, 2020 by Workman

As a ‘through rider’ I had to ride all the way from State Route 50 out SR 31, to find out that the trail to the bridge is closed and the bridge is barricaded. Don’t bother going. It has been closed from flooding since March 2019 and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District does not seem to be in any hurry to open or repair the bridge. The detour would be to ride the 4 1/2-5 miles back to the SR 50 bridge at Louisville.

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

Highest hopes for this trsil

September, 2020 by gatescreates

This trail let me down running from Springfield. It just ended after 4 miles. No signs, no nothing. Had me running on a dangerous highway with no direction. Never again.

Accordion

T-Bone Trail

Great ride

September, 2020 by ibradley0415

Four of us traveled to the T-Bone trail early Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised how nice the trail is and accessible it is. We definitely enjoyed visiting the little towns along the way and will be returning again soon.

Steamboat Trace Trail

Rough but Nice Views

September, 2020 by twilightsleep

As of September 2020, signs still state that this trail is closed due to flooding, but the trail is completely dry.

Definitely not a trail for a road bike, but my hybrid bike handled it relatively well. A lot of ruts were repaired with very sharp white stones, though, so it was a rough ride and I never cycled above 10 mph.

At one point the trail is part of a levee above a cornfield. This levee was so thick with crushed stones that my tires kept sinking and I had to push my bike through this part. Finally, I gave up and turned back.

Lovely views complete with turtles, snakes, and frogs crossing the path. Trail needs some care, though.

Burt Street Trail

I've lived in Omaha for 30 years and never knew this route was here. I was able to connect it with side streets and ride from my house near Memorial park to the Bob Kerrey Bridge thus avoiding the major streets with more traffic.

September, 2020 by jayrobinso

I've lived in Omaha for 30 years and never knew this route was here. I was able to connect it with side streets and ride from my house near Memorial park to the Bob Kerrey Bridge thus avoiding the major streets with more traffic.

Bellevue Loop Trail

This Trail closed last year following the floods in the spring. It might reopen next year if the levee improvements and trail get completed.

September, 2020 by kabajhade

This Trail closed last year following the floods in the spring. It might reopen next year if the levee improvements and trail get completed.

Keystone Trail

keystone trails

September, 2020 by arjuns2007

I always start my biking from democracy park (Keystone trails). This is 15 miles trails. I go there every next day. This trails is not bad for mountain bike but when you ride road bike some concrete slabs are unbalanced that’s why road bike has a problem. If they make it balance, it will help to ride smoothly. Thank you

Omaha Riverfront Trail

Northen Trail Poorly Maintained

August, 2020 by 83bxyq2g6v

Road the section of this trail that starts north of NP Dodge Park and was disappointed. Too much of the "trail" is simply a paved area directly adjunct to the road, so you're biking with cars and motorcycles during a good portion of the trip. And when you're not on the road you're on an overgrown, somewhat dystopian-looking path adjacent to corn fields and farm driveways marked with "Trespassers will be Shot" signs. Not fun.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Cancelled Rooster Tail Ride

August, 2020 by arthurduvall

My brother and I had both registered for the 2020 Rooster Tail ride, and were disappointed, although understood, when it was announced that it was cancelled. We decided to go ahead and ride the trail anyway. I live about 150 miles away and was looking forward to the ride.
We decided to start at the trail head in Council Bluffs, and we had already had rooms reserved in Shenandoah. We started early (6:00 a.m.) due to the heat. It was an excellent ride, the trail was in great shape. Surprisingly, their was very little traffic on the trail. I had been on the trail as far as Malvern before. When we arrived in Shenandoah we discussed going on to the end of the trail and back. We decided against it , but I did go out on the trail far enough so that I would hit 50 miles, my longest one day ride to date.
We were delayed on Sunday morning for our return ride by some rain showers, but once on our way, the trail was still in good shape, but a little soft due to the rain. Once we hit Mineola we started to meet a lot of people on the trail. Once again when I got to the end, I went just a little farther to record my second 50 mile ride.
It was a great ride on a great trail and I will definitely do this again.

Standing Bear Lake and Recreation Area Trail

car window broken

August, 2020 by h7x4s8vye3

8/7/20 walked 2 1/2 hours. Parked at 132/fort lot. Rear car window broken and purse stole. Purse was hidden under a blanket. Smashed and grabbed.

Steamboat Trace Trail

Very disappointed to find that the entire trail is closed due to extensive flood damage and is expected to remain closed for 2020.

August, 2020 by nekingdomer

Very disappointed to find that the entire trail is closed due to extensive flood damage and is expected to remain closed for 2020.

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