Wabash Trace Nature Trail - TRAIL

Wabash Trace Nature Trail - Trail, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Part of Rails to Trails program. Crushed limestone surface. Very well maintained by Southwest Iowa Nature Trails, Inc. (SWINT), a private non-profit organization

User Reviews (17)

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OmahaMonster   Weekend Warrior [Nov 05, 2006]

Yes, the 'bash is flat. Yes, you can ride both MTB and Hybrids on it. Yes, it's long and made up on never ending 'hills' made up of slight grades. Yes, the 'bash can totally kick your ass.

I noticed that many MTB'ers on this site failed to mention the VAST array of 'offtrail' trails (both horse and MTB) that line the main trail... Many of these are pretty damn technical and have incredibly huge climbs to the top of the Loess bluffs.

Is the 'bash flat?

Absolutely.

Can you get a great hill workout in the 'bash's Loess bluffs?

You betcha.

Customer Service

Jump on at CB and ride, ride, ride.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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3
sdr   Weekend Warrior [Jul 17, 2004]

Excellent trail. Crushed gravel. Smooth enough to be good on 700 X 23C or greater. Thinner tires would probably not do well for the trail. The Ice Cream stop at the trail northern starting point (small park south of School for the Blind) was a nice way to end a family ride.

Customer Service

Start at the park just south of School for the Blind.

Similar Products Used: Keystone, Omaha NE.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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4
shelbyparkison   Weekend Warrior [Oct 13, 2003]

I usually ride from C.B. to silver city or further if I have time. Loads of deer, rabbits & other small critters, even seen a bob cat south of S.C once.It's a great ride in the summer because the canopy keeps the trail cooler than the regular temp. Friendly people, great ride, if you've never been, stop wasting time on the concrete trails and go check it out.

Customer Service

C.B To blanchard . Go to the end then back up to Shanondoah , get a hotel room, eat at the depot deli and back to C.B. the next morning

Similar Products Used: N/A
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RATING
5
VALUE
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2
Ravennsixx   [Jun 03, 1999]

Part of the "Rails to Trails" program this trail is a converted railroad track. The crushed limestone trail and surrounding areas are very well maintained by Southwest Iowa Nature Trails,Inc. (SWINT). Over 62 miles long this trail extends from Council Bluffs, Iowa all the way into the state of Missouri. Between Council Bluffs and the next town of Mineola also features horse trails on either edge of the Wabash Trace.

Customer Service

Starting at the Council Bluffs trailhead, decide how far out and back you wish to ride, then do it.

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5
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Bruce Brodersen   [Oct 03, 1999]

We camped in Coin (near the south end of the trail) rode to Blanchard. There is a shower at the campground, but we got there too late at night to use it (it was locked). The shower and modern toilet were unlocked at about 8:00 the next morning. Breakfast at the cafe in Coin the next moring. Biscuts and gravy. After riding to Blanchard (Missouri border) we rode north, stopping at Shennandoa. There we enjoyed a good lunch and sampled several beers from the microbrew/train depot. From there we continued on north, resting at the Emerald Isle in Imogene where they were preparing for "half way to St. Patricks Day" celebration. We stopped at Malvern and camped there. Not as nice accomodations as at Coin. No shower, but there was an outhouse at the park near the trail (on the west side of town). We ate supper in Malvern at "Pats". The next day we finished off our ride in Council Bluffs.

The trail was very well maintained along the whole distance and actually was a little better on the south end. When we told people where we were going (north) they always said, "You're going the wrong way, that's up hill", but it was a nice easy ride. We averaged about 10 miles an hour and took our time. Stopping to look at some of the old railroad bridges and other sights along the trail. We didn't encounter any riders on the trail until the second day, Malvern to Council Bluffs.

Customer Service

Anywhere you choose

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5
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Ken   [Aug 22, 2000]

Great trail for flat distance rides. Mainly a crushed gravel path built on old railroad bed. A hybrid bike would do just fine here. Has some beginner level side trails south of Council Bluff that make it a little more interesting. Every Thursday evening (around 6pm) from Spring through Fall there is a large number of riders that get together and ride from the Council Bluffs stop near the Iowa School for the deaf to a small town to the south where they stop at a small cafe for tacos and margaritas. It's a very relaxed ride that is closer to a party and open to all. It gets 5 stars for what it's built for.

Customer Service

Straight and flat.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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Joe Hettiarachchy   [Oct 19, 2000]

This trail is for distance riding only. It is great for cardiovascular exercise but offers little in the realm of true "mountain biking". You can easily ride a hybrid bike on here. For this reason I had to give it a low rating. On a different page (not one called mountainbike review.com) I would have given it a higher rating.

Customer Service

No branches.. Straight one-way

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
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Sue   [Mar 13, 2001]

Near Council Bluffs you'll see a lot of people both riding and walking. The further you go on this trail, the less people you'll see. Sometimes we had the trail to ourselves beyond Silver City. One of the good things about this trail is there are ups and downs all over it. It's fun getting off the trail and exploring itsy bitsy towns along the way. Pretty scenic in spots, too. And great bridges. Especially right before Shenandoah. Long bridge. Really long bridge!

Customer Service

Do it in pieces!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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Nick   [Apr 01, 2001]

This is a very well maintained and clean trail. Lot's of great scenery and open land. Lot's of bridges that are fun to cross, and look down. Try spotting fish in some of the streams :). My only complaint is that,in alot of places along the trail, if you lose control and fall off the side, you can kiss your rear end goodbye. But if they put up any fences, it wouldn't be as fun, so in the end not having fences works out better. All in all, a great trail.

Customer Service

start at Council Bluffs, go as far as you please, then turn back.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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Pawn   [May 12, 2001]

I just rode the Wabash for the first time this afternoon, and it is a nice trail. Part of the Rails to Trails program, this trail is well-maintained and a good ride for just about everyone. The crushed limestone surface is well maintained, and an easy ride when you just want to get out and enjoy a nice stress free ride.

Which is the strong point of the Wabash. You get to take in some beautiful scenery along the way, while at the same time getting some good exercise. Most of the trail ( at least that I rode ) is canopied above, so the sun wont burn you to a crisp ( which is good for me.)

This is not a mountain bking trail per se, but my mountain bike seemed to enjoy this trail none the less :)

Good fun ride, take the significant other/kids/friends and make a day of it!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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