Missouri River Nature Trail is a 3.6 mile out and back trail located near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from September until November.
Trail to mouth of chute and Missouri River. Great hike for kids This is a great trail for several kinds of hikers, families with children, and those interested in seeing a less traveled part of the refuge. It is a well maintained grassy trail beyond the bridge and trailhead. The trail follows the edge of the chute (a side channel of the Missouri river) between trees and a mixed grass prairie. It is generally level and pleasantly breezy. The trail ends in a wooded area near the Missouri downstream from the mouth of the chute. There are ticks here, but also a lot of birds and deer. There is a side trail that leads to a view of the mouth of the chute (N41 25.961, W95 56.134). Caution should be taken as this trail is cut through a stand of Big Bluestem grass which is well over 6 feet tall and thick. If you bring kids down this trail, hold on to them tightly as its easy to get lost in the thick grass and fall into the swift and dangerous current. There is a geocache near the end of the trail (Boyer Chute #1).