California Trail

Many feeder branches of emigrant trails crossed the states of Iowa and Missouri.

The California Trail of about 3000 miles began near Kanesville, later named Council Bluffs, and Omaha, Nebraska.  Sections of the trail were discovered and developed by American Fur Traders like Kit Carson and Jebediah Smith.

To retrace a portion of the California Trail:

Getting across the Missouri River became easier mid-19th century by using steamboats and ferries to the Nebraska side of the river.

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Railroad Highway Multi-Use Trail

Enjoy this trail as it links smaller communities across Pottawattamie County.

What in the World?- On the Trail for Stranger Things

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Wabash Trace Nature Trail

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B & B Trail: Watta Way to Enjoy Burgers and Beer

Follow this trail to determine the best burger and your favorite brew.

National Loess Hills Scenic Byway (TM)

Marvel at this national trail that is rated among the best trails in the nation.

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