The MoPac Trail is actually several segments of trail the now occupy the old corridor of what used to be the Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac"). This eastern segment is the more rural and extends between Lincoln and Wabash, traveling on a crushed stone path through prairie, woodland and farmland for nearly 22 miles. Along the way you may encounter wildlife, and you'll definitely experience some of Nebraska's lovely scenery. A separate equestrian trail, called the Charles L. Warner Equestrian Trail, is provided between 98th and A streets and Wabash.
The MoPac Trail East connects to the MoPac Trail West
in Lincoln; the trails join near 84th Street. There are plans to extend the trail over the Platte River at South Bend and connect with a the MoPac Trail in Springfield
and eventually lead to Omaha.
Parking access is in Lincoln at 84th Street. In Walton and Eagle, street parking is available. There's trailhead parking in the Village Park in Elmwood.
Equestrian parking is available at the Charles L. Warner trailhead at 98th & A streets. Voluntary user passes ($1/day or $5/year) are available at several self-service donation boxes along the trail and at the Walton Trail Company in Walton.
In 2012 we rode from Lincoln out and back and got in 45 miles. The trail and Lincoln were both better than we expected. The trail has a nice surface, was mostly tree lined and made a lot of turns. Along the trail we spotted deer, many rabbits & squirrels, ...
Good for anything but a skinny tire bike. The surface is, at times, pretty poor and mostly dirt and moss, but it's generally maintained pretty well.
You can park at the marked trail head in Lincoln.
I like crushed limestone and gently rolling hills of Eastern Nebraska. Can't wait until this one is completed to Omaha. Anyone know it there is any work being done east of Elmwood?