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The Wabash Trace depends on the volunteer efforts of private citizens who build, maintain and manage the trail.

Tasked with managing the Wabash Trace Nature Trail, the Southwest Iowa Nature Trails, Inc. (SWINT) is a private, non-profit organization made up of volunteers who are committed to recreational trail development. SWINT members organize all official activities on the Wabash Trace.

 The 40 member SWINT Board of Directors, which is responsible for development and maintenance of the trail, represents the four counties in Iowa (through which the trail runs). SWINT works closely with the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to assure the continued existence of this great recreational resource.

bnd_0087_websiteManagement of the trail includes bridge construction and repair, trail surface maintenance, weed control, tree trimming, sign placement, special events planning, Adopt-a-Bridge/Bench/Mile programs, general fundraising, promotions, public relations and sale of User Passes.

If you would like to join SWINT, volunteer to work on any projects, or be a part of the Board, call any of the following Board members:

  • Greg Losh (Council Bluffs): 712-326-8207
  • Rebecca Castle (Imogene) 712-386-2337
  • Bill Hillman (Shenandoah): 712-246-4444

Donations of any size will be gratefully accepted. Donating your time to work on the trail is one of the best ways to help.  Please use the button below to make a financial contribution to the Wabash Trace.



Although the Wabash Trace is privately owned, it is open to the public.  Trail users are subject to the rules established by SWINT (see Trail Rules and Passes). SWINT encourages use of the trail for group activities. Please contact the Board members listed above for more information about scheduling group events.


SWINT, P.O. Box 581, Shenandoah, IA 51601
SWINT, P.O. Box 522, Council Bluffs, IA 51502-0522

Trail Facts

Trail Name: Wabash Trace Nature Trail
State: Iowa
Trail Length: 63 miles
Trail Location: Council Bluffs to Blanchard
Counties: Pottawattamie, Mills, Fremont & Page
Trail Activities: Walking, biking, equestrian (from Council Bluffs to Mineola only), cross-country skiing, fishing, wheelchair access
Trail Surface: Crushed Limestone & Concrete
Trail Description: Former railroad corridor converted to a multi-use trail; trail width 10 feet, corridor width 100 feet.
Parking & Trail Access: Council Bluffs, Mineola, Silver City, Malvern, Imogene, Shenandoah, Coin, and Blanchard
Trail Fee: User fee required: $1.00/day or $12.00/year
Hours: Open year-round, no restrictive hours
Owner: Page County Conservation Board/Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Manager: Southwest Iowa Nature Trail, Inc.

Trail Rules & Passes

Trail Passes:

wbtfeeboxA user pass is encouraged for all trail users ages 12-64. Funds from trail passes are used to maintain and develop the trail. Annual and Daily Passes can be purchased at the Drop Boxes located at access points along the trail. If you deposit money in a drop box for an annual pass, it will be mailed to you.

Daily Pass: $1.00

Annual Pass: $12.00

Optionally, you can also purchase an annual pass by sending $12.00 to SWINT, Box 581, Shenandoah, IA 51601.


Trail Rules:

Courtesy. The Wabash Trace is a multi-use recreational trail. Bike riders, please control your speed, ride on the right, pass on the left. Please give warning of your approach with a friendly greeting or use a bell. Cyclists should yield the right of way to pedestrians. Everyone must yield to horses on bridges until the animal is off the bridge.

Leave no marks.  Be aware that the trail's crushed limestone surface is especially vulnerable to damage during the freeze/thaw cycle in the winter and spring. Please avoid using the trail if you can leave impressions in the surface. Wildflowers, trees and shrubs, and animal habitat can only flourish if left alone. Do not litter or disturb neighboring livestock.

Stay on open trails only. Respect trail and road closures, as well as private property adjacent to the trail. Exercise caution when crossing roads and highways.

No unauthorized motor vehicles are allowed on any portion of the trail. This includes snowmobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs.

Horseback riding is allowed ONLY on the designated equestrian trail which runs parallel to the surfaced trail between Council Bluffs and Mineola.

Hunting, trapping, weapons, open fires, and unleashed animals are not allowed.

Camping is not allowed on the trail itself.

Enjoy your day on the Wabash Trace. Here are a few things you can do on your own or with a group: walk, jog, run; ride a bike; cross-country ski; indentify animal tracks, birdcalls, trees, or wildflowers; walk your dog (on leash); travel the scenic byways through the Loess Hills, visit historic buildings and museums; have a picnic; read a book; stargaze; get a closer look at working farms; write poetry; take photographs;draw pictures; sing or whistle; make new friends!!

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