Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Length 63 miles
Surface Crushed limestone on converted railbed and asphalt for 2 miles in Shenandoah
Hours year-round, no restrictive hours
Fees $1.00/day or $10.00/year, passes are available at trailheads and some local businesses
Cities Council Bluffs, Mineola, Silver City, Malvern, Imogene, Shenandoah, Coin and Blanchard
About this trail

The northern part of this trail runs through Iowa's scenic and unique Loess Hills, a geological formation found to this great extent only in Iowa and China. Because the trail follows an old railroad corridor, slopes are gentle throughout.

Travelers through the northern sections—from Council Bluffs to Shenandoah—are often passing under arched trees that protect users from wind and sun. South of Shenandoah, the vistas become more open, including a reconstructed prairie planted along the trail near Coin. Visitors are also apt to see wildlife and some native plants, many of which are not found elsewhere in the state.

Small sections of this trail sometimes wash out after a heavy rain, so be sure to contact the trail managers about trail conditions in advance if you're coming from a distance.


Trail Managers
Bill Hillman - 712-246-4444
Local Tourism Info
Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce - 712-325-1000 or 800-228-6878 - e-mail
Pierce Creek Recreational Area - 712-542-3864
Shenandoah Chamber of Commerce - 712-246-3455 - e-mail
Shenandoah Tourism - e-mail
Resources From Other Sites
Wabash Trace Nature Trail
This site is very nicely done and has a lot of information! It starts off with a very detailed page about the trail, giving background and general information. There are also links to a detailed trail map, trail events and even fun “garb and goodies," which include drawings, t-shirts, hats and postcards. A chart provides distances between towns on the trail. Points of trail access are also given along with some trail photos.
Council Bluffs Parks, Recreation and Public Property Department
Here you can find useful information about the Council Bluffs area, including trail information, trail maps and pictures. It also provides a listing of parks and facilities in Council Bluffs, and pictures of historical sites in the city.
Trails from Rails
This site provides a simple map and lots of pictures. There is also a description of the trail, a list of the closest towns and the services/amenities that may be found in each.
A1 trails.com
This site is somewhat unique in that it allows site visitors to post comments and ratings on the trail. While basic trail information is also included, it is the interactive aspect with visitors that makes these pages special.
Bike Rack
This site gives basic information and a trail map as well as some pretty general directions on how to get there.