Cowboy Trail Guide: Maps, Businesses, Mileage, and More
Cowboy Trail Tour 2015
Don't miss this chance to ride the trail!
This tour will take place on September 25-27, 2015 and will consist of riding on 195 miles of the Cowboy Trail from Norfolk, NE – Valentine, NE.
This initial tour will be predominately unsupported and you will need to ride self-contained so bring gear to accommodate the late September weather.
We will be stopping at most of the towns along the way to fill up water bottles, grab food, and check out local attractions.
The goal of this tour is to assess the current condition of the Cowboy Trail and the feasibility of hosting this as an annual tour.
By doing this I hope to raise awareness and increase traffic on the trail which will bring more tourism to the towns along its path.
I am looking for a group of experienced cyclists to come out and participate in this tour with me, anyone is welcome!
I have linked the Facebook Page for the event which contains a route map with overnight towns.
Thank you for your consideration, I hope to see you out there!
Eco Tourism Consultant
Nebraska Tourism Commission
About Nebraska's Cowboy Trail
The Cowboy Trail runs 321 miles across northern Nebraska, following the old Chicago & Northwestern rail route.
The railroad called this the "Cowboy Line."
|Near Valentine, the Cowboy Trail crosses 150 feet above the Niobrara River
When completed, the Cowboy Trail will be the world's longest rails-to-trails bike trail.
Currently about two-thirds of the route has been surfaced: the 195 mile stretch between
Norfolk and Valentine (where you'll cross a magnificent old 148 foot high railroad bridge).
Some surfaces are paved, while most of the trail uses finely crushed gravel.
The maps on this website only show the trail to Kilgore, but the trail is actually planned to run all the way to Chadron.
We will update the maps as other sections of trail are developed.
The trail west of Valentine is not officially open, and any usage of undeveloped trail should be considered "at your own risk."
Cowboy Trail Resources
Cowboy Trail Conditions
Trail conditions are currently good, to the best of our knowledge.
If you are aware of any adverse trail conditions,
please let us know the specifics,
or contact the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
Upcoming Events on or near the Cowboy Trail
Nebraskans love a good celebration - make your Cowboy Trail experience even more memorable by enjoying a small-town festival.
BikeCowboyTrail.com's mission is to provide all the resources you need to plan and enjoy your adventure
on Nebraska's Cowboy Trail.
Let us know if there's anything we can do to improve!
If you are looking for the Cowboy Trail in Canada, try this link: Alberta's Cowboy Trail
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