The Steamboat Trace - Trail, Brownville & Peru, Nebraska

The Steamboat Trace - Trail, Brownville & Peru, Nebraska

DESCRIPTION

Part of the national "Rails to Trails" program, the Steamboat Trace "traces" historic train and riverboat routes. Through woods, wetlands, and at times adjacent to the Missouri River, its bluffs and inlets, this trail boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Nebraska and is frequented by hikers, bicyclists, birders other naturalists due to migratory patterns of Waterfowl and Monarch butterflies. Adventure Cyclist Magazine is including the Trace in its new Lewis & Clark national touring map.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 29, 2017]
J.T.
Weekend Warrior

This was my first time on the trail, I started at Nebraska City and went to Brownville.
If you like to ride flat trails without anyone else around then this is for you! Starts covered with trees, opens up to miles of cornfield, from Peru to Brownville you will come across the rock carvings.
Its crushed limestone, I rode with my MTB and had some 700x31 cross tires, some spots were kinda soft but nothing bad.
I enjoyed the ride it took me 3 hours and 15mins to make round trip, I was in no hurry at all. Not something I will be doing again but I'm glad I tried it.

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3
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3
[Jun 10, 2012]
Bethany1
Weekend Warrior

I don't know whether to love or hate this trail because of it's layout. Mostly I deal with it as it's the only trail out this way. Come summer with the heat, I'll be forced to not use it as shade is next to nothing on most of the trail. It's out in the middle of nowhere and really isn't used that much. I've seen three people on it when I've been out.

This is an absolutely beautiful trail for several miles from Nebraska City until you hit the middle part. Then there is nothing but several miles of cornfields, bugs and high winds until you reach Peru. Shade is minimal and there are no resting spots in this area. Hot days can be really hard to brutal in the middle section. Since the trail from Peru south the Brownville is closed from the 2011 flooding, I don't know what it's like.

Despite the barrenness of the middle part, there are plenty of wildlife to be seen from different bird varieties, water fowl, hawks, butterflies, deer and occasionally a coyote or two. Early evening brings out most of the wildlife and the sunset is spectacular over the hills of Peru.

If you could dump out the middle miles of cornfield, it would be perfect. I keep wanting to really like this trail, but endless cornfields and mind numbing heat make it impossible to use at times.

Customer Service

Nebraska City to Peru and to Brownville.

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There isn't any other trail, but I wish there was.

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3
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2
[Oct 08, 2006]
Tammie
Weekend Warrior

I rode the trail from Brownville to Peru today, October 8, 2006. Weather was perfect and the trees were dropping lots of colorful leaves. I enjoyed the sections along the river the most. Unfortunately, a fair portion of the Trace is out of sight of the MO. River and kinda boring. I shared the Trace with about a dozen hikers and bikers, split (50/50). As for wildlife, I saw several wild turkeys, a ground hog, no deer though.

The last time I'd ridden this trail was at least 8 years ago so I was pleased to see some nice improvements... picnic areas along the trail. WOW what a concept! LOL

The Trace is extremely flat. Which means non-stop peddling. I rode at a steady pace and completed the ride in 2 1/2 hours. I have to admit the last mile back into Brownville was the longest! :)

Customer Service

Brownville to Peru or visa versa.

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3
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2
[Mar 13, 2001]
Sue

We first rode this trail in the summer of 2000. It was an easy trail with great scenery. There are definate differences in what nature has to show every so many miles. We saw alot of deer more towards Nebraska City, other small wild creatures in a field section and absolutely breathtaking hollows and cliffs more towards Brownville. Our second trip on the Steamboat was in October, 2000. This time I took my camera! I'd recommend this trail but it seems to be pretty empty. We did encounter people walking on it near Brownville. It is a favorite of ours and I look forward to going back. It's a great trail.

Customer Service

Start in Brownville and turn back at Nebraska City.

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5
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RATING
[Mar 25, 2001]
J.D. Edmonton

My buddy Stink Finger and I ran outa gas driving home from a bike race at Indian Caves. Luckily someone poured this concrete trail in the middle of nowhere. It was kinda dark so we didn't see much. Stink finger says he saw a polecat, but i say it looked more like a sivet. We rode back to Brownville for a gas can. It's just a matter of time before Mountain Bike Magazine does a photo special on this amazing slab of cement.

Customer Service

It was pretty dark. We rode past some nice trailer homes. There were alot of men sitting in parked cars at the trailhead. They asked if we wanted a ride or needed a date.

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wind trainer in my basement,

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1
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[Jul 17, 2002]
Brandon

A nice flat trail with great scenery. It is the type of trail that my parents love to bike because it is as not-techy as can be and is almost completely flat. I try to avoid it because I like much more challenging terrain, but for those out for an easy ride, this is good. Those who want even the slightest adrenaline rush however best avoid this trail.

Customer Service

Brownville to Neb City and back

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3
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[Aug 21, 2002]
Alan

This trail is alright, but kind of boring. It is very flat and an easy ride. Bring plenty of water...I wouldn't suggest drinking the water at Brownville or Peru.

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2
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[Sep 03, 2002]
Matthew Staub

This trail is hard to evaluate because it is both incredibly good and incredibly bad, depending on where you are. Out of the gate at Nebraska City, you'll follow the bluffs and you'll be enclosed in trees, so its a pleasant ride. After awhile, you open up into bug infested corn field for a several miles that ruins the whole experience. Peru to Brownville is much more interesting, with occasional views of the river, more wildlife and carved bluffs. Too bad you can't skip the middle.

The surface is crushed limestone and is smooth, but the middle section is a little weeded and crawling with grasshoppers.

This trail is flat and the good sections provide a pleasant place to put on some miles. As others have suggested, take some water with you. There is no sign of life from Nebraska City until Peru.

Customer Service

It is a developed trail, so it doesn't much matter, but you'll discover some really boring sections you might want to avoid.

Similar Products Used:

Do some actual mountain biking 15 miles from Brownville at Indian Caves

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2
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