Steamboat Trace

Steamboat Trace

Recreation Tabs

General Info.
six miles south of Nebraska City to just south of Brownville, Nebraska

CLOSURE UPDATE: Because of flood damages, the Steamboat Trace is closed from Brownville to approximately 2 miles south of Peru.  

May 2022 Update Surface work is underway on the Steamboat Trace, so visitors are urged to be careful. Work on the open portion of the trail has mostly been completed and screenings smoothed out. There is a 1700 foot stretch near mile marker 10 (just north of the Camp Creek Bridge) that will be completed once tree and brush removal to allow truck passage has taken place. In the meantime NRD crews have moved to the closed portion of the trail to continue working on repairs. Please check back to website periodically for more updates and THANK YOU for your patience!

5/19/2022: Steamboat Trace Trail users: The contractor will be working in the section 2 miles north of Camp Creek. The trailer will not be able to pull completely off the trail so please use caution as you go by.

The Nemaha NRD has become aware of some obstructions on the open portion of the trial. We are sorry for the inconvenience and working to resolve the issues. 

This scenic, 22-mile abandoned railroad corridor parallels the Missouri River from about six miles south of Nebraska City to just south of Brownville, Nebraska. Visitors will enjoy a variety of experiences including a wealth of different tree and plant species and birds and other wildlife (deer, turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, snakes, raccoons, bobcats, etc.) The trail winds through sandstone bluffs, cuts across open farm fields, and hugs the river in spots. A crushed limestone surface provides an avenue for hikers and bicyclists alike. Open most of the year, for safety reasons, however, the trail is always closed during rifle deer hunting seasons (10 days in November, two weeks in January).

Things You Should Know

  • Horses, ATVs, snowmobiles, and other motorized vehicles are not allowed.
  • No permit is required; however, voluntary donations are accepted and used to maintain and improve the trail.
  • Trailheads are located at Brownville, Peru, and south of Nebraska City near the OPPD power plant.

Video: Birds of Nemaha County



Trailheads are located at

  • Brownville
    • Parking
    • Camping
    • Restrooms
    • Picnic area
    • Shopping, restaurant, winery nearby
  • Peru
    • Parking
    • Picnic shelter
    • Restrooms
    • Drinking water
    • Tent camping
    • Groceries, bank, cafe nearby
  • south of Nebraska City (near OPPD coal plant)
    • Picnic shelter
    • Parking