Type: Rail Trail, Snow Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 195.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: Norfolk to Chadron, Nebraska
Counties: Madison, Antelope, Holt, Rock
Latitude: 42.00415 Longitude: -97.42534
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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.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Concrete
Secondary Surface: Concrete
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 2001
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsDocument: Brochure
Website: Cowboy Trail Guide
Website: Photo Slide Show
Website: Nebraska Parks - trail information
Website: Bike the Cowboy Trail
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