Cooperative efforts are creating encouraging progress toward an expanded system of multi-use trails in Pottawattamie County. The work provides a impressive example of local partners joining together to construct an important long-term community amenity.
Long-term goals include connections to neighboring counties through the Frontier Iowa Trails network and, ultimately, links to trails in central Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
Work so far is extending trails that ultimately will run northwest from Council Bluffs to Underwood, Iowa, and later to Neola. The planning process began in 2012 and has emphasized community input at public meetings. The top priorities, based on those discussions, are that set of northwest trails, as well as links from Council Bluffs to Crescent and Hitchcock Nature Center. Planners envision a network of trails to loop across Pottawattamie County, with opportunities for cyclists, runners and walkers.