Let’s Get Moving! | Staff Picks
What better way to enjoy the beauty of the transition from summer to fall than by hiking and biking through the gorgeous terrain the Midwest has to offer? Far be it from us to recreate the wheel, so we will begin by introducing you to Visit Omaha’s Omaha Walking & Biking Trails because it is simply an amazing resource for anyone wanting to get out on the trails. Fun aside, did you know that Omaha’s trail system is called Paths of Discovery? Don’t worry, we didn’t either. ;)
Without further ado, our team has their own list of favorite spots to hike and bike, so take a minute and check out a few of our top destinations in the metro area!
Wabash Trace Nature Trail | Council Bluffs, IA
We’re not sure if you can have a “top biking trails” list without including the ever popular home of the Thursday Taco Ride, the Wabash Trace Nature Trail. The Wabash Trail is popular thanks to being relatively flat with a fair amount of shade. The trail is open to walking, biking, cross-country skiing, wheelchairs, and snowshoes (motorized vehicles need not apply).
If the tacos are what grab your interest here, know that the Taco Ride takes place on Thursday evenings from spring through late fall, with the promise of tacos at Tobey Jack’s Mineola Steakhouse where riders can then head back up the trail, or catch a ride home with friends who have met them at Tobey Jack’s.
Neale Woods | Omaha, NE
What more can be said about the 560-acre conservation area owned and operated by Fontenelle Forest… you will find no shortage of incredible views, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking flora while hiking the incredible vista that is Neale Woods.
Hitchcock Nature Center | Honey Creek, IA
Explore the rugged terrain found nestled in the Loess Hills in a calming refuge for plants and animals alike. The Hitchcock Nature Center is open year round to hikers, but note that trails are not open to bikes, horses, or ATVs. Simply take the time to enjoy the 10-mile trail system as you encounter birds, backcountry and views unlike any you’ll find anywhere else.