Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a 62.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Council Bluffs, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 62.2 miles Elevation Gain: 1,496 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

cross country skiing

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

rails trails

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

fee

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.

hiking
8 days ago

With packs

hiking
bugs
25 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

It's been a while since my last visit here, but it's a good place to get a long walk in without destroying your feet on the pavement. Like with all flat walks, it can get rather boring quickly, but throw on your headphones and listen to music or a podcast and get your miles in.

running
2 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Love the length of the trail for weekend backpacking challenges. It’s also incredibly well maintained and with virtually no elevation gain, it’s safely rated as an easy and accessible trail for a wide variety of outdoor-lovers.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful trail, straight and flat. Easy. You can pick your distance with a shuttle car to many points with access to the road. Stay on the path, as there’s lots of healthy poison ivy close to the edge.

hiking
10 months ago

Did part of this with Boy Scouts in the early 1980s

mountain biking
10 months ago

We take this trail almost every week on Thursday for the Taco Ride. It’s a great trail for a hot summer day since it has great tree cover that shields you from the sun. The foliage is beautiful and the trail is well maintained. They do request a trail fee in order to maintain the trail, so don’t forget a couple dollars. There are great connections to small town along the way, and wonderful benches and rest stops. Great trail!

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

I walked 1.5 miles south from the trailhead and back to the parking lot. This beautiful tree-lined trail is a nice, flat crushed limestone with moderate foot and bike traffic, although it is mostly dirt right now. I was there on a Saturday, late morning. The trail is mostly shaded and would be good for dogs and children, and there is a playground at the parking area. Wheelchairs and strollers could be taken on the trail as well. The only downside is that it runs right along Wabash Avenue, so while there is no danger of getting hit, it is pretty noisy. Heed signs, because this does intersect with some county road’s thru traffic.

Mon Apr 08 2019

Nice easy walk.

Wed Dec 19 2018

For an infrequent biker, this has been challenging for many years. I’ve done the entire trail only twice. Wish it could have continued into Missouri.

road biking
Thu Oct 11 2018

Very scenic trail. Crushed limestone makes the trail easy on the body. Must-do for bikers is the Taco Ride on Thursday nights.

Sat Jul 21 2018

My favorite place to do my long runs! Friendly people. Lots of bicyclists. Well mannered users. There is a port-a-potty at the start and at mile 6. Not sure beyond that. Lots of benches to stop along the way. Love this place!

Mon Apr 30 2018

Little close to the highway for my liking.

road biking
Thu Mar 08 2018

Did the taco ride so only about 11 miles of it but its always a beautiful ride. The trees look very beautiful in the fall.

road biking
Sat Sep 09 2017

Wed Aug 16 2017

Wed Jun 14 2017

Great for riding fun to all.

running
Wed Nov 23 2016

The whole trail is, actually, over 60 miles.

mountain biking
Fri Aug 19 2016

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.

hiking
Wed Jul 06 2016

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
Mon May 23 2016

Very tranquil ride!

road biking
Sun Jun 28 2015

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
Sat May 31 2014

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
Wed Jun 05 2013

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. **---UPDATE---** 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
Tue Dec 14 2010

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.

mountain biking
7 days ago

mountain biking
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road biking
11 days ago

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