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The Steamboat Trace

Average Rating:    (2.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

Part of the national "Rails to Trails" program, the Steamboat Trace "traces" historic train and riverboat routes. Through woods, wetlands, and at times adjacent to the Missouri River, its bluffs and inlets, this trail boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in Nebraska and is frequented by hikers, bicyclists, birders other naturalists due to migratory patterns of Waterfowl and Monarch butterflies. Adventure Cyclist Magazine is including the Trace in its new Lewis & Clark national touring map.
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Latitude
40.35857944937875
Longitude
-95.65572738647461
Trail Directions
Trailhead at Brownville, Nebraska: Exit I-29 at Rockport Missouri, go west on Hwy 136 six miles and cross the Missouri River. Brownville is on the Nebraska side of the river. Trailhead at Peru Nebraska: Continue west of Brownville four miles, turn right on Hwy 67, go north seven miles. Or travel seven miles east of Hwy 75 on Hwy 67. Nebraska City Trailhead planned completion in 2002.
Trail Length
21 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Brownville & Peru
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Review Date
June 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bethany1 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I don't know whether to love or hate this trail because of it's layout. Mostly I deal with it as it's the only trail out this way. Come summer with the heat, I'll be forced to not use it as shade is next to nothing on most of the trail. It's out in the middle of nowhere and really isn't used that much. I've seen three people on it when I've been out.

This is an absolutely beautiful trail for several miles from Nebraska City until you hit the middle part. Then there is nothing but several miles of cornfields, bugs and high winds until you reach Peru. Shade is minimal and there are no resting spots in this area. Hot days can be really hard to brutal in the middle section. Since the trail from Peru south the Brownville is closed from the 2011 flooding, I don't know what it's like.

Despite the barrenness of the middle part, there are plenty of wildlife to be seen from different bird varieties, water fowl, hawks, butterflies, deer and occasionally a coyote or two. Early evening brings out most of the wildlife and the sunset is spectacular over the hills of Peru.

If you could dump out the middle miles of cornfield, it would be perfect. I keep wanting to really like this trail, but endless cornfields and mind numbing heat make it impossible to use at times.

Recommended Route:
Nebraska City to Peru and to Brownville.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There isn't any other trail, but I wish there was.



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Review Date
September 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Matthew Staub , from Maryville, MO

Summary:
This trail is hard to evaluate because it is both incredibly good and incredibly bad, depending on where you are. Out of the gate at Nebraska City, you'll follow the bluffs and you'll be enclosed in trees, so its a pleasant ride. After awhile, you open up into bug infested corn field for a several miles that ruins the whole experience. Peru to Brownville is much more interesting, with occasional views of the river, more wildlife and carved bluffs. Too bad you can't skip the middle. The surface is crushed limestone and is smooth, but the middle section is a little weeded and crawling with grasshoppers. This trail is flat and the good sections provide a pleasant place to put on some miles. As others have suggested, take some water with you. There is no sign of life from Nebraska City until Peru.

Recommended Route:
It is a developed trail, so it doesn't much matter, but you'll discover some really boring sections you might want to avoid.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Do some actual mountain biking 15 miles from Brownville at Indian Caves



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Review Date
August 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Alan , from Nebraska City

Summary:
This trail is alright, but kind of boring. It is very flat and an easy ride. Bring plenty of water...I wouldn't suggest drinking the water at Brownville or Peru.



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Review Date
July 17, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brandon , from Omaha, NE

Summary:
A nice flat trail with great scenery. It is the type of trail that my parents love to bike because it is as not-techy as can be and is almost completely flat. I try to avoid it because I like much more challenging terrain, but for those out for an easy ride, this is good. Those who want even the slightest adrenaline rush however best avoid this trail.

Recommended Route:
Brownville to Neb City and back



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Review Date
March 25, 2001

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: J.D. Edmonton , from Olatha, MO

Summary:
My buddy Stink Finger and I ran outa gas driving home from a bike race at Indian Caves. Luckily someone poured this concrete trail in the middle of nowhere. It was kinda dark so we didn't see much. Stink finger says he saw a polecat, but i say it looked more like a sivet. We rode back to Brownville for a gas can. It's just a matter of time before Mountain Bike Magazine does a photo special on this amazing slab of cement.

Recommended Route:
It was pretty dark. We rode past some nice trailer homes. There were alot of men sitting in parked cars at the trailhead. They asked if we wanted a ride or needed a date.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
wind trainer in my basement,



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