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Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

photo:  Photo by Cassandra Peters.

Length: 196.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail, Snow Trail, Urban Trail
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Wildlife Observation

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Location: Norfolk to Chadron, Nebraska
State(s): Nebraska
Counties: Madison, Antelope, Holt, Rock
Longitude: -97.42534
Latitude: 42.00415

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Description

The Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail is notable for many reasons including being the Nation's longest rail-to-trail conversion and Nebraska's first State recreational trail. The historic Chicago and Northwestern Railroad right-of-way, now the Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail, passes through spectacular Nebraska scenery as it travels from Norfolk west through the Elkhorn River Valley. Farmsteads, cropland, and timber-covered riverbanks dot the landscape. Currently 64 miles of this trail are open for public use. When finished this hiking, biking, and equestrian trail will stretch 321 miles across Nebraska, making it the longest rail-to-trail conversion in the Nation. The trail will pass over 221 bridges and through 29 communities.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Concrete
Crushed Rock

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
2001

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Brochure
Website: Cowboy Trail Guide
Website: Bike the Cowboy Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Alex Duryea
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
2200 N. 33rd St.
Lincoln, NE 68503
(402) 471-5443
alexander.duryea@nebraska.gov
www.outdoornebraska.gov

 

Photos

 Photo by Cassandra Peters.

Photo by Cassandra Peters.

The Cowboy Trail crossing the Elkhorn River west of Broken Bridge Road. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

The Cowboy Trail crossing the Elkhorn River west of Broken Bridge Road. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

 

Cowboy Trail beside the Elkhorn River. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

Cowboy Trail beside the Elkhorn River. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

Bridge carrying Cowboy Trail across Niobrara River southeast of Valentine, Nebraska. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

Bridge carrying Cowboy Trail across Niobrara River southeast of Valentine, Nebraska. Photo by Ammodramus/wiki.

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