Grassed Loop Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fort Calhoun, NE that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October.
Grass, Woods, River Views A long trail that has a lot of wildlife activity (birds, beavers, deer). Great views of the upper Boyer Chute and Missouri. Called the grass loop trail for obvious reasons, involves both mixed grass prairie and riparian forest. While close to river at times, you are never so close as to be dangerous for children. Boyer chute #2 geocache is along this trail. The trail has a shortcut that cuts off about half of the distance if you get tired. The short cut is at about N41 27.900 W95 59.120. There is also a trail to Missouri River access at this point. The last half of the trail is without shade. Bring lots of water, insect repellent, and sun block. After taking the whole loop, its amazing that the loop only covers the upstream half of the island. The area was flooded in 1993, and the trail along the chute is a great ecology lesson for recovery after a flood. Previously trashed backwater areas are now grassy and quite pretty. Nice hike close to Omaha.
Long trail but lots of fun!
despite what they tell you when you call the park phone number, the trail system is not maintained, nor is it mowed. The flood of 2011 deposited about 2 feet of silt over the preserve, burying the trails, which are now overgrown with tall weeds. If you can find the trails, it's like walking on beach sand, if you can get past the cottonwood saplings and sand burrs. frankly, the Boyer Chute seems to have been completely abandoned for all except motorists. If you plan on leaving the parking lot, you might find yourself wanting a machete.
Bits of the trail are still there, still a great place to hike.
---PLEASE BE AWARE--- The Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge was destroyed by the flooding in 2011. This trail (and others in this location) no longer exists. It will take many years for this place to be reclaimed. I have posted some pictures to show you what it looks like now. Disappointing.