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Best trails in Council Bluffs

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Explore the most popular trails near Council Bluffs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Map of trails in Council Bluffs
Top trails (3)
#1 - Wabash Trace Nature Trail
Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park
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Length: 62.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
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 $2 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.Show more
#2 - Manawa Lake to Indian Creek Bike Trail
Lake Manawa State Park
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Length: 13 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
There is a lot to do at this extremely underrated State Park. The DNR does a wonderful job of keeping this nice park well kept. If you have a negative opinion from the past it would be a wise choice to go down there on a nice day to check out the improvements they have made all over the area. Extremely scenic area that has a numerous abundance of wildlife.Show more
#3 - Valley View Trail
Valley View Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
The Valley View Trail spans the eastern side of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passing close to residential neighborhoods, retail hubs, parks and rural areas. Along the way, trail users can read historical markers for the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, which traces the route of the Mormon emigration from the Midwest in the mid-1800s. A number of schools are linked by the Valley View Trail; in fact, the trail runs directly through the campuses of Lewis Central High School, Lewis Central Middle School and the Iowa School for the Deaf. Titan Hill Intermediate School and College View Elementary School are also located on or near the trail, making the route a safe option for biking or walking student commuters. The trail formerly ended at Iowa Western Community College on College Road in the northern section of Council Bluffs, but a recent extension added paved trail north to US 6 along Indian Hills Road. Near the trail's midpoint, short spurs take trail users to the large Mall of the Bluffs shopping center on Mall Drive and Valley View Park (via a short pedestrian bridge over Mosquito Creek) just a couple blocks north. In the south, the Valley View Trail links directly with the Lake Manawa Trail at Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park, providing a direct off-road route to popular Lake Manawa State Park. The same trailhead also features the northern endpoint for the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, which runs 63 miles south from Council Bluffs to the Iowa–Missouri border.Show more