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Explore the best rated trails in Hastings, NE. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the St. Joe Trail and Pioneer Spirit Trail . With more than 11 trails covering 61 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

This trail is very well maintained and is relatively level. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

September, 2021 by doglady572

This trail is very well maintained and is relatively level. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dark Island Trail

Excellent biking/running trail

July, 2021 by boeding7_tl

Surface is well maintained for the entire length of the trail, no loose piled gravel. Rode morning after thunderstorms, surface absorbed the moisture well. Encountered cross country runners and other bikers on the trail. Bader Bridge is a marvel!

Riverway Trail

beautiful and interesting

June, 2021 by fletchercham61

We parked near the Stuhr Museum and took off away from the museum, planning to bike while it was still cool and then visit the fabulous place. It was not well marked but easy for the most part to follow. It was really fun with the tall grasses. We were on a paved pathway for quite a while on a file and then the trail just stopped. We went further riding on gravel and in the grass but decided to head back to the museum. Make time to visit the museum. It’s really great.

Accordion

Shoemaker Trail

Safe and well maintained

June, 2021 by dsglunz64

There is lots of maintained green space, only a short block parallels busy road. Several benches if needing a break. Easily accessible parking at nearby churches and schools. At crosswalk, my dog and I waited but the traffic stopped and allowed us to pass!

Pioneer Spirit Trail

Wide, new concrete.

April, 2021 by gary.pslmer3

Read somewhere that Hastings rcvd a Green Town award. The Pioneer Spirit is a linked set of trails, mostly quiet enough to hear the birds. Runs by a college and at least three parks. Then on into town. I also rode a new segment from my hotel out into cornfield territory, where the sky is enormous!

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Cottonmill Double track Trails: Old fathers Trail

November, 2020 by gears4g

A great, flowing, double track trail that allows great views of Platte Valley.

Dannebrog Trail

Finally rode the trail

May, 2020 by neilrisinger

Nice small 3 mile trail. The south east section the concrete isn’t very smooth. Having to ride back on the highway to get from one to the other is not ideal. The nature trail is well-maintained even though it is just a dirt track. Will remember my bike when I am in Dannebrog in the future. Will ride this trail again.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Easy Ride

June, 2019 by papertester

We visit family in Kearney at least twice each year and discovered the bike trail on Traillink.com. We are not serious bikers but simply enjoy riding and sight seeing while we get some exercise. So, this trip we packed our folding bikes and rode the entire trail. Like I said, we are not super serious bikers just a retired couple getting exercise.

The trail is very well maintained with water fountains/bottle fill stations at the Arch and Yanney Park. The main trail is completely paved and mostly flat. We normally stay at the Microtel which is right along the trail and makes a good starting point. Highly recommend this trail and the parks in Kearney, they have done a wonderful job developing and maintaining them.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Walking the trail

February, 2018 by ktneuja

Great walk...for being in an urban setting be prepared to see lots of wildlife. Many places to get on the trail and walk or ride a bike. Not many facilities from archway to Fort Kearney but great easy walk. Cranes are available for viewing during migration in spring. You will like the experience.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Cottonmill Hike Bike Trail

October, 2017 by sandyladd

This trail is a gem. It crosses the Platte River twice on beautiful bridges. There are shelters with seating along the trail. We even saw a couple of deer running beside us. The trail leaves from the Ft. Kearney Campground and the campground hosts lend campers bicycles for free.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Trail Length

July, 2017 by cwkasson

OK, my previous estimate was off a bit. The actual length of the trail from Ft Kearny trail head to Cottonmill Park trail head is 26.98 mi round trip. Your mileage may vary, especially if you take the time to ride through either/both parks.

Also, the Kearney Hike/Bike Trail is much more than just these two end points. There are many branches off the main line that take you around and through the Kearney area, including Harvey Park, Baldwin Park and Yanney Park.

Enjoy.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Trail is Complete !!!

July, 2017 by cwkasson

The trail is complete from Ft Kearny to Cottonmill Park. Approximately 16 miles, one way.

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