Distance: 6.5 miles
Route Type: Trail
Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete
Cities on Route: Council Bluffs
Located along the Missouri River at the western edge of Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Iowa Riverfront Trail spans nearly 7 miles of spectacular scenery as well as views of the Omaha, Nebraska skyline across the river. Riders can begin the trail at the south trail head located at the Western Historic Trails Center, which is operated by the Historical Society of Iowa. This center features exhibits on the various routes the pioneers took west and north, many of which passed through this part of Iowa.
Continuing north, riders pass safely under Interstate 80 and approach the Missouri River near the Ameristar Casino. The Harrah’s Council Bluffs casino comes up next followed by the Dodge Riverside Golf Club.
Further on, the trail winds through River’s Edge Park, which was opened in 2013 and features an amphitheater, more river trails and plenty of parking. The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge links River’s Edge Park to the Omaha Riverfront Trail and is the longest pedestrian bridge to link two states.
The trail, however, continues along the levee that encircles the Missouri River and eventually reaches the edge of Blackbird Marsh County Preserve and eventually ending at Big Lake Park. If riders care to be adventurous, they continue north from the lake along Monument Road and pay a visit to the Lewis and Clark Monument.