Western Historic Trails Center Link


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Western Historic Trails Center Link Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Pottawattamie
Length: 1.9 miles
Trail end points: Veterans Memorial Trail at US 275 and S. 24th St. and Western Historic Trails Center off Richard Downing Ave.
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7492303

Western Historic Trails Center Link Description

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 connects to Veterans Memorial Trail at the intersection of S. 24th Street and US 275 (Veterans Memorial Highway). At the trail's northwest endpoint, the Iowa Riverfront Trail begins its course northward past the stunning Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge to Big Lake Park on the northern outskirts of Council Bluffs.

The Western Historic Trails Center Link—as its name suggests—also takes trail users to the Western Historic Trails Center. The facility, which was designed and built by the National Park Service, is owned and operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa. Stop in and learn about the various routes north and west for early American pioneers, including the Lewis and Clark Trail, Oregon Trail, California Trail and Mormon Trail.

Just to the east of the Western Historic Trails Center, the link runs through the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex. The sprawling outdoor development features soccer fields, baseball and softball diamonds, and a playground, as well as restrooms and drinking fountains.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Western Historic Trails Center Link can be found at either the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex or Western Historic Trails Center. Both are located just off Richard Downing Avenue.


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