Oak Creek Trail

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Nebraska's Oak Creek Trail, occupying a former Union Pacific Railroad corridor in the eastern part of the state, is about as rural a trail as you will find in the United States. While the trail is only about 1 hour from both Omaha and Lincoln (Nebraska's two largest cities), it connects two towns with populations of less than 600 with little development in between.

The rural environment of the Oak Creek Trail makes for beautiful scenery. Begin your journey at the trail's northern endpoint in Brainard. Outside of the town, the trail follows the top of a picturesque ridge. For the next several miles, natural prairie stretches as far as the eye can see.

Just north of the trail's midpoint, trail users enter the tiny community of Loma. Restrooms are located just off the trail near St. Luke's Czech Catholic Shrine—established by Czech immigrants in 1911—in the center of town.

The rest of the route continues through natural prairie, open farmland and oak woodlands until the trail reaches its endpoint at the trailhead in the town of Valparaiso. Support local businesses at the end of your ride or run, and stop in for a bite to eat at one of the town's restaurants.

Horse trailer parking can be found at Valparaiso's trailhead; an equestrian trail runs adjacent to the Oak Creek Trail for its entire route.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Oak Creek Trail can be found at the trailhead in Valparaiso at the intersection of State Route 79 and W. 3rd Street. In Loma, park at the lot off County Road W in the center of town. At the trail's northern endpoint in Brainard, a small parking lot can be found at the intersection of County Road 30 and S. Lincoln Street.


Aug 2014- lots of wild plums, some apples

   August, 2014 by sarahgrogan

I was spending some time in Lincoln from out of state, and decided to take my road bike for a spin. I was nervous about riding my road bike (with its narrow tires) on a crushed stone path, but it was pressed well in most places, so wasn't a problem. I ...read more


   June, 2014 by jeff.schneider.564

As of the end of May 2014, the trail is in very good condition, suitable for bikes with 32mm or wider tires. Starting in Valparaiso, the first few miles of the trail follow the creek valley; the trail is flat, shaded in many spots, and passes over ...read more

A great ride, like your own private trail

   May, 2014 by jpkomaha

May 2014 this trail was in great condition, just watch for some soft gravel road xings. We started in Valparaiso up the grade into a 25 mph wind from the NW, it took 2.5 hours to traverse 13 miles and reach Brainard. Only 1.5 hours to return. In 4 hours ...read more