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Ted Wuebben from omaha on 7/14/2020 11:18:32 PM:
looking to ride WEST of Valentine.. The trail Is "undeveloped" Is there a trail really there? but hard to ride? or should I just count on taking the highways instead.

 
Renée from Cape Cod, MA on 7/21/2020 8:23:13 PM:
Hi, You can pick up the trail again heading west in Gordon ( on the right) to around Rushville ( maybe not all the way there). Between Gordon and Valentine it looks like there could be a very undeveloped trail. Hope that helps, Renée

 
MP from Valentine on 10/10/2020 9:04:19 PM:
West of Valentine is mainly a grassy trail. Areas closer to communities do have more of a dirt trail from what I've noticed driving Hwy 20. A few weeks ago as I walked the trail, I met a biker using the grassy trail west of Valentine, so it's possible.

 
Chad from papillion NE on 11/8/2020 12:02:30 PM:
I talked to the Nebraska Game and Parks about the trail west of Valentine. They are responsible for the whole trail. They said it is not developed but they do spray for weeds there. On google maps you can see the railroad line with railroad ties next to it. That looks to be the worst part of it. Plus, it is only 17 miles long. Or, you can just take HWY 20 for that part. I am planning on doing hiking the whole trail until Chadron in 2021. I also found the railroad map for all railways in nebraska, in the library of congress, or on-line https://www.loc.gov/collections/railroad-maps-1828-to-1900/?fa=subject:nebraska Look for the map from 1889. It shows the length between towns and the name of the towns Along with the topography to show river, creeks, and ect..

 
Veda from ND on 11/11/2020 1:02:27 AM:
Chad,do you have an itenary mapped out for your 2021 hike of Cow oy Trail? I would be intrested in seeing it, if your willing to share. A friend of mine and I have been discusssing hiking this for a year or so. 5