Today is #NationalHikingDay and to celebrate, we’ve put together a list of some of the best hiking locations in Council Bluffs! With the Loess Hills right in our backyard, we are just steps away from some of the best hiking in western Iowa.

1. Hitchcock Nature Center

It’s no surprise that Hitchcock Nature Center made the top of our list. Just a few miles north of Council Bluffs, this county park is a nature lover’s wonderland! It is home to some of Iowa’s largest remnant prairies and it offers up ideal hiking and striking views for hikers of all ages and abilities.

2. Fairmount Park

The wooded steep hills of Fairmount Park make this an ideal spot for a hike. Hidden in the middle of the metro, you can experience rugged hiking trails through wooded portions of the Loess Hills. You will also experience great views of the Omaha skyline!

3. Wabash Trace Nature Trail 

The Wabash Trace Nature Trail spans 63 miles and over 72 bridges through southwest Iowa. The peaceful and well-maintained trail provides shade cover and is relatively flat, making this a great trail for a leisurely hike through the countryside.

For those of you who prefer a paved trail, check out the Council Bluffs recreation trails! Did you know that we have a 41-mile continuous system of trails? We have so many trails that we recommend trying a new one the next time you venture out. It’s a great way to get outside and explore all that Council Bluffs has to offer.

Happy hiking!

This post was originally published on November 17, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.