Council Bluffs, IA Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Bellevue Loop Trail

8.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Big Papio Trail

9.88 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Field Club Trail

1.8 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Keystone Trail

15 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Lake Manawa Trail

7.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

MoPac Trail East

21.7 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

3.75 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Steamboat Trace Trail

21.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

T-Bone Trail

19.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

63 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

West Papio Trail

22.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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
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
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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
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
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 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 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
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 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

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Trails by activity

Field Club Trail

NE - 1.8 miles

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...

Keystone Trail

NE - 15 miles

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...

Steamboat Trace Trail

NE - 21.4 miles

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...

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

IA - 3.75 miles

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,...

Accordion

Bellevue Loop Trail

NE - 8.9 miles

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...

Big Papio Trail

NE - 9.88 miles

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,...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...

T-Bone Trail

IA - 19.6 miles

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...

West Papio Trail

NE - 22.9 miles

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...

Lake Manawa Trail

IA - 7.5 miles

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...

Steamboat Trace Trail

NE - 21.4 miles

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...

MoPac Trail East

NE - 21.7 miles

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...

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

IA - 63 miles

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:...

T-Bone Trail

IA - 19.6 miles

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...

Accordion

Field Club Trail

NE - 1.8 miles

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...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...

West Papio Trail

NE - 22.9 miles

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...

Bellevue Loop Trail

NE - 8.9 miles

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...

Big Papio Trail

NE - 9.88 miles

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,...

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

IA - 3.75 miles

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,...

Lake Manawa Trail

IA - 7.5 miles

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...

Keystone Trail

NE - 15 miles

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...

Lake Manawa Trail

IA - 7.5 miles

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...

T-Bone Trail

IA - 19.6 miles

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...

Big Papio Trail

NE - 9.88 miles

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,...

Great American Rail-Trail

DC,IA,ID,IL,IN,MD,MT,NE,OH,PA,WA,WV,WY - 3743.9 miles

Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...

Accordion

Steamboat Trace Trail

NE - 21.4 miles

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...

Bellevue Loop Trail

NE - 8.9 miles

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...

West Papio Trail

NE - 22.9 miles

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...

Keystone Trail

NE - 15 miles

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...

Field Club Trail

NE - 1.8 miles

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...

MoPac Trail East

NE - 21.7 miles

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...

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

IA - 3.75 miles

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,...

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

IA - 63 miles

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:...

Recent Trail Reviews

Steamboat Trace Trail

Steamboat Trace Trail September 21, 2021

September, 2021 by mckeand

The first eight or nine miles is fine except for finding large, very large grave(Gravel that will never break down unless semi’s drive over it, for years). These sections that are very uncomfortable to ride over. Then you get to the corn and soybean fields, do not go this way unless you like pushing your bike through soft sand and more of the large gravel chunks. Then you head towards Peru and the Trail is growing in nicely with weeds in the middle and you get to Peru hoping for a nice rest stop and someone has vandalized the bathrooms and it looks like it’s been that way a long time and you cannot go past this point towards Brownsville, barriers all over for that way. But the first 9 miles was very nice.

Steamboat Trace Trail

Recent Ride

September, 2021 by craigr

Road the tail to Peru back on hybrid bikes. First 6 miles is in the trees and great shape. The next 5 miles to Peru, the trail had rough spots and areas of loose sand and gravel but doable. The bathrooms at Peru are not working. Overall, great trail with no traffic.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Awesome trail

September, 2021 by dgk14

Rode from Council Bluffs to Silver City and back. The limestone is easy to ride on and the stretch we rode was almost completely shaded. That was a plus since it was a very hot day. Loved it!

Accordion

MoPac Trail East

impressed

July, 2021 by opd1845

I was skeptical when driving to the Wabash NE trail head, but that soon changed to pure joy! This trail is very well kept. A crew of 4 was on the trail cleaning from a recent storm. Multiple signs to educate riders on upcoming trail possibilities (farm equipment, horses & animal holes) I will be back for sure! Hopefully able to hit it in its entirety next time.

MoPac Trail East

impressed

July, 2021 by opd1845

I wasn’t sure what to expect but this trail was great! I only did 10 out and back from Wabash NE, and the trail I did bike was in GREAT shape! There was even a crew of 4 working east to west along the trail cleaning debris. I will be here again but hopefully in its entirety!!!

Platte River Connection

open

July, 2021 by opd1845

Bridge was recently opened back up over the Platte. Additional upgrades on the east side of the river as well.

T-Bone Trail

Wonderful!

July, 2021 by rcraig.hensley

Visiting parents in Atlantic, my dad was part of trail development in the area, Dick Hensley. Road his touring bike that he rode on 16 RAGBRAIs and the bike ride across the US to celebrate Iowa sesquicentennial years ago. Beautiful trail with lots of catbirds and other native songbirds, butterflies and plant life. Definitely worth the ride. Live in TX but will be back, down the road. Thanks dad. It’s an honor to ride your bike.

Lake Manawa Trail

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June, 2021 by mcguire2001

This is a nice shaded trail and attaches to the Wabash on the east side. If you go west it’s a 5 mile ride to the Bob Kerry pedestrian bridge. The pavement on Manawa Trail is rippled and pretty bumpy on the southside.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

June 15,16 2021

June, 2021 by buckeye_81

90/100. Temp in 90's Parked at Council Bluffs large parking trailhead, road the 90% canopy trail to Coin. Payed $5 camping fee,set up inside shelter house left gear in tent (bathroom shower-cold but ok with me). The drop box for camping is southside of larger building south of bathroom. Very nice quiet town mowed grass. Road rest of trail to Blanchard. From Coin South trail becomes less traveled but surface still very good, some down limbs and yes trail ends into tall grass. I road thru lot and down main to Missouri line. www.wabashtrace.org describes services available and is very accurate. Everything open that I saw. On webpage with mileage chart, the mile post didn't always match. Look out for nail heads sticking up on some bridges and 4 spots with animal holes in trail. This trail was basically fantastic,huge amount cardinals, blue jays, robins, some deer; not many flowers. Reminents of train wrecks at 3 different bridges (rail cars in creek). Where else can you ride 62 miles with 3 towns with services stones throw from trail and 1 larger town 6 blocks to full services. Also 3 stops with cheap tent camping with showers. Trail connects to downtown Omaha but I didn't have time.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Silver City to Mavern and back.

May, 2021 by janet.l.evans

We took a detour on our drive to Des Moines from Colorado to ride from Silver City to lunch at the Classic Cafe (large! potions) and back. Quiet but for bird calls, green tunnel through terraced farm land. Well maintained surface. Stopped in the Happy Trails Cycle shop to purchase a trail pass. (25 May 2021).

West Papio Trail

Look forward to extension to Flannagan Lake trail

May, 2021 by kjbusacker

I love riding the West Papio, both north and south from Zorinsky Lake, where i usually connect. The north end is more scenic with trees. It's a shame the West Papio does not connect yet to Flannagan Lake. I see they are working on the Cleveland Blvd road, so that should be a solution once done.

Platte River Connection

Still closed as of April 24th 2021

April, 2021 by joel_ratliff2000

Closed for several years now. We saw the entrances in South Bend wired up and signs saying stay out but then members of the Middle island community using the bridge as their leisure ground. So basically it’s gated access to keep everyone out except those who live on Middle Island.

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