The Wabash Trace Nature Trail spans 63 miles and over 72 bridges through southwest Iowa as part of a converted railroad right-of-way that runs from Council Bluffs in the north to Blanchard on the Iowa/Missouri Border. The Wabash provides some shade cover and is relatively flat, making this a great trail for all skill levels. You can travel the trail by foot, bicycle, cross-country skis, wheelchair, or snowshoes. No motorized vehicles are permitted. Along the way, you will find several local restaurants, bars, and diners to stop at.
Mileage Between Towns:
- Council Bluffs to Mineola: 9.6 miles
- Mineola to Silver City: 4.3 miles
- Silver City to Malvern: 8 miles
- Malvern to Imogene: 13.6 miles
- Imogene to Shenandoah: 8.9 miles
- Shenandoah to Coin: 12.5 miles
- Coin to Blanchard: 5.4 miles
The trail is best known for being the home of the Thursday Taco Ride. This is a weekly event that typically goes from spring through the late fall. Cyclists meet at the trailhead and head out on a 20-mile round-trip trek for tacos at Tobey Jack's Mineola Steakhouse.
For a local's insight on the trail, visit Melissa Peterson's Ride with GPS page!
Surface: Partially Paved
Length: 63 miles
- Council Bluffs Starting Point: Iowa West Foundation Trailhead Park
- Other Trailheads: This trail extends through multiple Iowa communities. Visit the Wabash Trace Nature Trail website for a full list of trailhead entrances.
$2 per day
$20 per year
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