Council Bluffs is home to a robust trail system with more than 40 miles of recreational trails used by walkers, runners, and cyclists. Trails wind from the east side of Council Bluffs to River's Edge Park and connect to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
Fall Color Corridor (South Side Trail | West of South 8th St & North of 14th Ave). As part of our Parks and Recreation Department's City Beautification Initiative, we planted 100 Trees Planted for fall color.
The corridor brings a seasonal display of fall color, serves as an educational opportunity, and engages users with nature.
Hiking is a great way to explore Council Bluffs, engage with nature, and exercise.
Lewis and Clark (19962 Monument Rd) is home to multiple hiking and mountain biking trails nestled in the bluffs. Trails Have Our Respect (THOR) maintains this mountain bike trail. In addition to the trails, you'll find breathtaking views, historical monuments, picnic tables, public restrooms, and ample parking.
Fairmount Park (East Graham Ave and Park Entrance) is another excellent hiking spot with trails that wind through the hills. While hiking at Fairmount Park, you'll also find a scenic overlook, a playground, a splash pad, a firepit, picnic shelters, and ample parking.
Gibraltar Trailhead (9th Ave and High St) offers an entrance to the Fairmount Park hiking trails as well as picnic tables.
Vincent Bluff (Thallas St) is a quiet and primitive place to explore the Loess Hills while enjoying expansive views of Council Bluffs.
Trail Condition Assessment
The Parks and Recreation Department aims to have all of our trails rated "Good" or "Excellent" condition within the next two years.