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Wabash Trace Nature Trail
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pattelbert
Alexandria, VA179 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Recommend a hybrid or mountain bike if you ride this lovely, and mostly well-maintained trail. Bring your own supplies, too, as options are limited in the smaller towns. Porta-potties are well-spaced.

You WILL get muddy if it has rained recently, but every cyclist knows that.

We rode from Council Bluffs to Malvern, then to Shenandoah, back to Malvern and Council Bluffs.
Written May 25, 2021
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awatson
Dallas, TX444 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Convinced hubby to do a two day-one night down-and-back ride from Counsel Bluffs to Shenandoah (appx. 40+mi one way). Rented bikes/helmets from Bike Rack in Omaha. Assumed we could do 10 mi/hr...turned out we did about 7 mi/hr, so the trip I thought would take 4 hours took a FULL 6.

Although we arrived in Shenandoah barely able to walk (😜), it was a beautiful ride and I would totally do it again!! Much of trail is canopied by trees, providing appreciated shade on a hot day. The corn and soybeans fields are gorgeous to view from the trail. The quaint little towns along the way are quintessential Americana. Every single farm we saw was in good repair and picturesque. Lots of bridges (a few are trestle) over a variety of creeks and rivers provide great vantage points to enjoy the scenery. You will be serenaded the entire ride by an abundant bird population which inhabits the multitude of trees lining the trail.

We stayed at Shenandoah Inn&Suites (Shenandoah/separate review), ate at Depot Deli & Lounge (Shenandoah/separate review) and took a break on the return trip in Malvern at the C&M Cafe (separate review).

Can't wait to return next time we are in the area!!

(One bad note: we left our rental car in the large parking lot at the trailhead in Counsel Bluffs overnight and three windows were shattered by vandals. Pathetic!! Nothing was stolen out of car-thank goodness we didn't leave anything of value in it-but it was shocking to return to 'the scene of the crime'. Maybe it was just a bunch of punks having their idea of fun at our considerable expense...)

Written July 4, 2017
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akelleyrdh
Avoca, IA90 contributions
Jun 2017 • Friends
Riding your bike on Thursday night for the Taco Ride is a must. It is a great ride and great atmosphere. If you start just south of Lewis Central high school at the trailhead, it will take you about 6 miles until you get to margaritaville. You can stop and meet lots of people (also potty break if needed) then you can head another 4 miles to Mineola where Toby Jack's cater to the bikers with taco night(other choices available)
Total it is 20 miles but can be longer if you start at other points. There are several benches to take breaks along the way.
Tips: Great for all levels of riders (go at your own pace) bring your lights for safety, pack a light jacket, water (or drink of choice for breaks), money/your id, good attitude and you'll have a blast.
Written June 2, 2017
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Melanie D
Bellevue, NE44 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We frequently ride on the Wabash trail at least once a week. We normally ride to Mineola and eat at Toby Jack bar and Grill. The trail is beautiful in all seasons. It is about 20 miles round-trip to Mineola. You can ride much further if you would like to. I would recommend this trail to anyone. You can go at your own pace. It is a dollar a person to go on the trail or you can buy a season pass. The trail is kept up well. There are several benches and picnic tables along the way to stop and rest if you need to. It is a beautiful route. There is an air pump at the start of the trail if you need it. There are many trees along the trail. I have seen deers, rabbits, many birds, snakes along the route. It is a great family, couples, single, or group ride. You can also walk or run on the trail. There is a side path for horses also.
Written July 14, 2017
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McFerrid
Omaha, NE2,735 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
Nestled in the Loess Hills of south western Iowa, enjoy a round trip 20 mile ride under a canopy of trees and stop in Mineola Iowa for lunch. Start out at the trailhead in Council Bluffs. There's an ice cream shop at the entrance. Thursday's can get a little crazy with about 700 riders going to eat tacos during the summer evening. You can ride much further and some do all the way to the Missouri border. The trailer is in good shape and so are the bridges.
Written September 6, 2016
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Melissa N
Council Bluffs, IA32 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
This is my favorite place to run. The trail is shaded in many areas. Great place to go on your own or with your family.
Written October 2, 2015
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HootCheech
Cascade, CO177 contributions
Jun 2014 • Friends
My friends and I love to drive from Bellevue, Nebraska to Council Bluffs, IA to ride the Wabash. It's beautiful, serene, and very well-maintained. What a bargain at $1 per ride or $12 per year! The crushed limestone makes for a nice, smooth ride. Very happy to live within 15 minutes of this beauty!
Written June 14, 2014
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2CatsMom
Omaha, Nebraska69 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
Looooove coming over here. This is one of the top choices of bike riders like myself living in the Omaha area. The trail is relatively flat - there are a few ever-so-slight uphill stretches - but makes for an awesome, relaxing bike ride admidst the quiet, rustic beauty of southwest Iowa. A few segments around Silver City and Malvern have recently been paved but the majority of the trail is nicely-maintained crushed limestone.The trail is the old Wabash Railroad trace and runs about 62 miles from the Council Bluffs trailhead to the Iowa/Missouri border at Blanchard. Lot of neat,quaint things to see along the trail, including abandoned/restored depots in Malvern and Shenandoah, city parks and a couple of "ghost towns" - old railroad stops that no longer exist and the towns died out as a result. Blanchard at the border is the most intreguing location - it's a wide spot in the road with a church, an abandoned gas station, a former Mason lodge turned into an apartment building and about 2 dozen houses in various condition, including a beautiful old Victorian mansion overgrown by trees and weeds. The town is literally cut in half by the Iowa-Missouri border. The smaller towns have at least a water pump and port-a-john close to the trail to service riders (Imogene is pretty small but there's a bar across the street) while some of the bigger towns have more services to offer. The highlight for locals is the weekly "Taco Run" from CB to Mineola. And there are dozens of little park-style benches and pavilions located throughout the trail for places to sit and rest. Definitely a must-do if you are an avid bike rider and enjoy rural scenery!
Written September 5, 2013
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jnobz
Sioux City, IA457 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
My wife and I road about 40 miles of this trail in the Shenandoah area. There are a few rolling hills but it wasn't bad at all. The trail is pretty well maintained, mostly shaded when we rode. There weren't many other riders where we were but I've heard other parts have a lot more use.
Written August 2, 2013
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momlovesherkids
Iowa66 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
This is a quiet rails-to-trails bike path. Not many parts are concrete so you must deal with a bit of gravel, ruts and erosion but it is pristine beauty. Don't be surprised to see wildlife or many riders! There are sections that get a lot of riders (Council Bluffs to Mineola) and then there are areas that are very quiet (Shenandoah to Blanchard). Friendly riders. Trail is maintained by -mostly- volunteers...so be a good rider and keep the Trace better than you left it.
Written June 18, 2012
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