Increasing awareness about the Steamboat Trace Trail is the goal of the Steamboat Trace Bike Ride and Festival coming to Southeast Nebraska tomorrow (Oct. 6).
The Steamboat Trace Trail is a former Burlington Northern Railroad corridor snaking up the eastern border of Nebraska from Brownville, through Peru, and terminating just south of Nebraska City. According to the Steamboat Trace Association, the path itself is rich in culture, heritage, history, and nature.
Current Missouri River flooding is impacting the trail near Brownville.  The Nemaha NRD is currently monitoring conditions.  The Steamboat Trace Festival will be held as planned, however riders may be routed along county roads the last two miles into Brownville.  Riders can choose to ride this route or return to Peru.
In an effort to the raise awareness about the trail and also raise funds to expand it and make improvements, the Steamboat Trace Association, in partnership with Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce, the Peru Community Impact Group, Peru State College, the Nemaha NRD, Otoe County Visitors Committee, Merchants of Brownville, and the Nemaha County Visitors Committee, is organizing the Steamboat Trace Bike Ride and Festival in the hopes it will become an annual fall event.
Special events will be held in Nebraska City, Peru, and Brownville, providing opportunities to foster community involvement and pride in the trail.
The main event is a family bike ride on the Steamboat Trace Trail. Registration forms can be found at the NCTC office and various businesses in the three communities. Online registrations are also open at
Complete event details can be found at or The rain date for the 2018 Steamboat Trace Bike Ride and Festival is Sunday, Oct. 7.