Wabash Trace Nature Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a 44 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Council Bluffs, IA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

44.0 miles 1470 feet Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

rails trails

road biking

trail running


cross country skiing

horseback riding


wild flowers


The trail is a rail-to-trail project located on the old Wabash train line from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Blanchard, Iowa for a total of 63 miles traversing through the rolling hills of Iowa. The trail consists of crushed limestone and concrete. There is a $1 a day user fee. From wide-open farm fields to the picturesque Loess Hills of western Iowa, visitors to the Wabash Trace will find their journey on the trail a memorable experience.

road biking
12 days ago

Great trail! Biked 10 miles on a crisp October morning. Started from the Trail Head park in Council Bluffs. The trail head has a parking lot and facilities. With parking - the early bird gets the worm. I parked at about 8 am with plenty of spots still available. 1.5 hrs later the lot was full. Also the trail was getting busy with runners and bikers as the morning progressed.

mountain biking
13 days ago

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mountain biking
2 months ago

Did the Taco Ride, so only rode the 10 miles to Mineola. Beautiful trail to ride. Nice mix of tree covered and open areas. Be careful on the street crossings, most places the road has the right of way. Fortunately went early. The trail got pretty crowded later on, which provides more people with poor etiquette. Need to try on a non Taco Ride night.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Used to live right next to this trail so we walked/hiked/biked it quite a bit. Very peaceful & tranquil, only gets busy on the Taco Rides to the Mineola Steakhouse-it's still a blast to be a part of the Taco Ride though.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Very tranquil ride!

road biking
1 year ago

It can be nearly impossible trek if it has rain recently do to the gravel acting like quick sand. Taco ride is the bomb

mountain biking
2 years ago

We did the "Taco-Ride". it was a lot of fun. The taco ride is about 22 miles round trip and there was about 300 people who did the ride as well. met a lot of interesting people that love to cycle as well. The weather was great and the trail is well maintained. cost 1$ to ride the trail but worth ever penny of the dollar. lots of nice scenery to gaze upon. can't wait for the next taco ride!

mountain biking
3 years ago

I started from the northern terminus in Council Bluffs and went south as far as Malvern, then turned around and went back. Granted I only went 23 of the total 63 miles (46 round trip), it still had a lot to offer. Much of the trail is shaded between trees. Some of the path is paved near towns. The ups and downs are gradual and long. It felt like I was climbing slowly for 3 to 5 miles, then had a nice downhill for 3 to 5 miles. There weren't any sudden ups and downs; just slow and steady. The crushed gravel and limestone path is pretty smooth. I went after it had rained a little, so there were muddy splotches here and there--easy to avoid though. The section from Council Bluffs to Malvern and back made a nice morning/early afternoon ride. It took about 4 hours, and that included a stop at Casey's in Malvern to get some pizza and donuts (which I recommend). I'm hoping to do the trail in its entirety at some point this month.

I completed the entire trail in one shot in late June. I started in Council Bluffs and made my way south to Blanchard. After Malvern, some places on the trail have large holes. I'm not sure what sort of critter would make these holes, but they can make the trail dangerous if you're not watching out for them. Otherwise, just more beautiful Iowa fields and rolling hills. Shenandoah was a nice stop. I biked around town a little and got something to eat. I like the little towns along the way; you are able to stop and fill up water, restroom break, food, etc. I ended up going 66 miles (with extra miles in towns) and did it in just over 6 hours (that includes all my stops and eating and such). I ride a mountain bike. It's easy to keep a nice strong pace on this trail. Just stay focused and try not to think about the miles of uphill you're doing at a time! =)

road biking
5 years ago

This is a great rail to trail route. Great rural Iowa scenery, passes through a number of small towns. Connector trails takes you to downtown Council Bluffs. Lake Manawa state park for fee camping, national trail center and many other spots. It can be a well rounded trip. Well worth it for the ride and variety.