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Level: Easiest
Length: 63 mi (101.4 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +335/325 ft
Total: 23 riders

Mountain Biking Wabash Trace Nature Trail

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#20 of 94 mountain bike trails in Iowa
#2,911 in the world

The Wabash Trace Nature Trail is one of Iowa's premier trails. Stretching
more than 62 miles through southwest Iowa, the Wabash Trace is a
converted railroad right-of-way that runs from Council Bluffs on the north to
Blanchard on the Iowa/Missouri border. Biking, hiking, cross-country skiing
and even horseback riding on the equestrian trails that parallel parts of the
trail are some of the great ways to experience the Wabash Trace. User fee
required: $1.00/day or $10.00/year.
Trail Description: Former railroad corridor converted to a multi-use trail; trail
width 10 feet, corridor width 100 feet.
Parking & Trail Access: Council Bluffs, Mineola, Silver City, Malvern, Imogene,
Shenandoah, Coin, and Blanchard

First added by Steve_Morgan on Jun 23, 2011. Last updated May 1, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Go to Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park (2656 E South Omaha Bridge Rd.)
south of Lewis Central Middle School on 3820 Harry Langdon Blvd in Council
Bluffs, IA.
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Leaf-covered (on Sep 16, 2018)
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Council Bluffs, Iowa

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  • agirlcyclist

    Crushed limestone. Better maintained closer to Council Bluffs. A lot of use, especially on Thursday evenings so avoid if you don't like crowds. Easy ride, shaded, beginner skill level needed.

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  • Scott737   ✓ supporter

    It's relatively easy and perfect for scenic countryside view. Even though I'm intermediate level, I still enjoy this trail a lot.

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  • Dank1985

    Easy ride. Relaxing. The horse trails on the side are good for short spurts of off roadness. Taco ride, of course, is a favorite. * Review edited 3/15/2012

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