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  • Wabash Trace - Walk, Run, Bike

    by megsoc13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Wabash Trace Nature Trail was formed on the old railway line heading S/SE out of CB. You can go as far as you like but it stretches 60 miles! It can be accessed at a few county road intersections and the small SW Iowa towns. The scenery is beautiful and good exercise through the Loess Hills.

    The trail is for walkers, runners, and bikers and there are side trails for horses or mountain bikes if you want! The best way to see it is on bike in my opinion. I suppose in the winter you could take snowshoes or cross-country skis on it.

    The first town you go through is Mineola, (9.6 miles from CB) a nice little town. Stop at the Mineola Steakhouse for refreshments. If you can go about 4 miles further, you'll make it to Silver City. Have someone meet you there to pick you up if you don't want to make the return trip.

    The website says there's a daily pass of $1 or a year pass for $10. Very cheap.

    The official trail head is SW of the junction of Hwy 92 and Hwy 275. It's just south of the OLD Lewis Central High School (now an elementary?). This is the technical trail head with restrooms and everything, but you can ride further north, either behind the school a ways or across Hwy 275 through Iowa School for the Deaf. This trail eventually cuts across Hwy 92 and heads into town.

    Related to:
    • Horse Riding
    • Cycling
    • Hiking and Walking

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  • DeSoto Bend

    by megsoc13 Written Mar 5, 2007

    DeSoto Bend/ DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to watch wildlife, especially birds, hike, fish, hunt, boat, picnic, etc. My favorite thing to do is go to the museum in the visitor center and to see where the steamship Bertrand wrecked. It is now located in a lake but it used to be part of the Missouri River (the river changed direction several times). The Bertrand sunk in 1865 and was discovered in 1968. The wreck was excavated and then the lake was allowed to reclaim it. The artifacts can be seen in the visitor center. The boat was filled with food and supplies headed to the goldmines in the west so some of the artifacts include jarred food!

    DeSoto Bend is a little more than 1/2 hour north of Council Bluffs. Go to Missouri Valley and head west. Entrance fee is $3.00/ car but it's a federal fee so the new National Parks passes should cover it.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Birdwatching
    • Historical Travel

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  • Lewis and Clark Monument

    by megsoc13 Written Mar 5, 2007

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    The Lewis and Clark Monument has a great view of the Missouri River from the top of the Loess Hills. There are some pleasant hiking and mountain biking trails down from the monument. Fairly easy terrain and wooded. Great for kids and adults alike.

    19962 Monument Rd

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Cycling

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  • Lincoln Monument

    by megsoc13 Written Mar 5, 2007

    If you're on your way to visit Fairview Cemetery like I suggested under "Things to Do Tips", make sure you pull over to look at the Lincoln Monument. This is where Pres. Lincoln decided to make Council Bluffs the eastern terminus of the transcontinental railroad in 1859. There is a great view of CB and Omaha from this monument.
    323 Lafayette

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    • Historical Travel

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  • Waubonsie State Park

    by megsoc13 Written Mar 4, 2007

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    A great day trip from CB is Waubonsie State Park. If you google the directions it's 48 miles south of CB, across the Missouri River from Nebraska City, NE. This should take just under an hour.

    There is great hiking and camping here. I love it in the Fall when all the trees are changing color. There are horse trails also, although I've never done them. It's also on the Lewis and Clark Historical Trail.

    It was free to hike last time I checked.

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    • Horse Riding
    • Camping
    • Hiking and Walking

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