Kearney, NE Trails and Maps

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Explore the best rated trails in Kearney, 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 54 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.

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Length
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Dannebrog Trail

3 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Woodchips

John Brownell Trail (Beltline Trail)

2.72 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

10.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

13.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Pheasant Ridge Trail

3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Pioneer Spirit Trail

11.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Riverway Trail

4.5 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Shoemaker Trail

1.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

South Locust Street Trail

0.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

St. Joe Trail

2.91 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

State Street Trail

0.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The first mile of the Dannebrog Trail, which completely encircles the town known as the Danish Capital of Nebraska, was paved in late September 1993. The trail runs along and around an abandoned Union...
NE 3 mi Concrete, Woodchips
The John Brownell Trail, also known as the Beltline Trail, runs for nearly 2.75 miles through residential neighborhoods on an abandoned rail corridor in Grand Island, Nebraska. The trail provides...
NE 2.72 mi Asphalt
The Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a 10-mile loop around a popular recreational lake in central Nebraska located about 10 miles south of Lexington. The project is nearly complete with 8.3 miles...
NE 10.3 mi Concrete
The Kearney Hike and Bike Trail spans 13 paved miles through western and southern Kearney, Nebraska. The trail links neighborhoods and businesses with parks and historical sites throughout the city....
NE 13.3 mi Concrete
The Pheasant Ridge Trail traces the northern shore of Harlan County Lake from just off US 183 in downtown Alma to Methodist Cove. Along the scenic tree-lined route, travelers may catch a glimpse of...
NE 3 mi Concrete
The Pioneer Spirit Trail zigzags across Hastings, Neb. The concrete trail weaves through parks, whisks by schools and homes and past business, making this trail suitable for not just recreation but...
NE 11.2 mi Concrete
Starting at the George Clayton Hall County Park, The Riverway Trail is a straight and flat 4-mile trail, traveling east towards the Platte River. Aside from crossing four intersections, the path is...
NE 4.5 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Shoemaker Trail gets its name from Shoemaker Elementary School where the path begins. Travelling north and passing Westridge Middle School, it connects with the State Street Trail, creating nearly...
NE 1.9 mi Concrete
The South Locust Street Trail acts like a spur off of the the Riverway Trail. It travels north for a little over a half mile towards Rt. 34. Walmart and Denny's are nearby which makes it a convenient...
NE 0.7 mi Concrete
The St. Joe Trail in Grand Island, Nebraska, runs for nearly 3 miles from its connection with the John Brownell Trail at Ada Street to its southern endpoint at George Clayton Hall County Park. For...
NE 2.91 mi Asphalt
The State Street Trail is just under a mile and located northwest in Grand Island. The trail goes east, crossing over Highway 2. It is also connected to the Shoemaker Trail which creates a total...
NE 0.9 mi Concrete

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Trails by activity

Pioneer Spirit Trail

NE - 11.2 miles

The Pioneer Spirit Trail zigzags across Hastings, Neb. The concrete trail weaves through parks, whisks by schools and homes and past business, making this trail suitable for not just recreation but...

St. Joe Trail

NE - 2.91 miles

The St. Joe Trail in Grand Island, Nebraska, runs for nearly 3 miles from its connection with the John Brownell Trail at Ada Street to its southern endpoint at George Clayton Hall County Park. For...

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

NE - 10.3 miles

The Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a 10-mile loop around a popular recreational lake in central Nebraska located about 10 miles south of Lexington. The project is nearly complete with 8.3 miles...

Riverway Trail

NE - 4.5 miles

Starting at the George Clayton Hall County Park, The Riverway Trail is a straight and flat 4-mile trail, traveling east towards the Platte River. Aside from crossing four intersections, the path is...

Accordion

Dannebrog Trail

NE - 3 miles

The first mile of the Dannebrog Trail, which completely encircles the town known as the Danish Capital of Nebraska, was paved in late September 1993. The trail runs along and around an abandoned Union...

State Street Trail

NE - 0.9 miles

The State Street Trail is just under a mile and located northwest in Grand Island. The trail goes east, crossing over Highway 2. It is also connected to the Shoemaker Trail which creates a total...

Shoemaker Trail

NE - 1.9 miles

The Shoemaker Trail gets its name from Shoemaker Elementary School where the path begins. Travelling north and passing Westridge Middle School, it connects with the State Street Trail, creating nearly...

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

NE - 13.3 miles

The Kearney Hike and Bike Trail spans 13 paved miles through western and southern Kearney, Nebraska. The trail links neighborhoods and businesses with parks and historical sites throughout the city....

Pheasant Ridge Trail

NE - 3 miles

The Pheasant Ridge Trail traces the northern shore of Harlan County Lake from just off US 183 in downtown Alma to Methodist Cove. Along the scenic tree-lined route, travelers may catch a glimpse of...

John Brownell Trail (Beltline Trail)

NE - 2.72 miles

The John Brownell Trail, also known as the Beltline Trail, runs for nearly 2.75 miles through residential neighborhoods on an abandoned rail corridor in Grand Island, Nebraska. The trail provides...

South Locust Street Trail

NE - 0.7 miles

The South Locust Street Trail acts like a spur off of the the Riverway Trail. It travels north for a little over a half mile towards Rt. 34. Walmart and Denny's are nearby which makes it a convenient...

Dannebrog Trail

NE - 3 miles

The first mile of the Dannebrog Trail, which completely encircles the town known as the Danish Capital of Nebraska, was paved in late September 1993. The trail runs along and around an abandoned Union...

State Street Trail

NE - 0.9 miles

The State Street Trail is just under a mile and located northwest in Grand Island. The trail goes east, crossing over Highway 2. It is also connected to the Shoemaker Trail which creates a total...

John Brownell Trail (Beltline Trail)

NE - 2.72 miles

The John Brownell Trail, also known as the Beltline Trail, runs for nearly 2.75 miles through residential neighborhoods on an abandoned rail corridor in Grand Island, Nebraska. The trail provides...

St. Joe Trail

NE - 2.91 miles

The St. Joe Trail in Grand Island, Nebraska, runs for nearly 3 miles from its connection with the John Brownell Trail at Ada Street to its southern endpoint at George Clayton Hall County Park. For...

Accordion

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

NE - 10.3 miles

The Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a 10-mile loop around a popular recreational lake in central Nebraska located about 10 miles south of Lexington. The project is nearly complete with 8.3 miles...

Riverway Trail

NE - 4.5 miles

Starting at the George Clayton Hall County Park, The Riverway Trail is a straight and flat 4-mile trail, traveling east towards the Platte River. Aside from crossing four intersections, the path is...

Pioneer Spirit Trail

NE - 11.2 miles

The Pioneer Spirit Trail zigzags across Hastings, Neb. The concrete trail weaves through parks, whisks by schools and homes and past business, making this trail suitable for not just recreation but...

Shoemaker Trail

NE - 1.9 miles

The Shoemaker Trail gets its name from Shoemaker Elementary School where the path begins. Travelling north and passing Westridge Middle School, it connects with the State Street Trail, creating nearly...

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

NE - 13.3 miles

The Kearney Hike and Bike Trail spans 13 paved miles through western and southern Kearney, Nebraska. The trail links neighborhoods and businesses with parks and historical sites throughout the city....

South Locust Street Trail

NE - 0.7 miles

The South Locust Street Trail acts like a spur off of the the Riverway Trail. It travels north for a little over a half mile towards Rt. 34. Walmart and Denny's are nearby which makes it a convenient...

Pheasant Ridge Trail

NE - 3 miles

The Pheasant Ridge Trail traces the northern shore of Harlan County Lake from just off US 183 in downtown Alma to Methodist Cove. Along the scenic tree-lined route, travelers may catch a glimpse of...

State Street Trail

NE - 0.9 miles

The State Street Trail is just under a mile and located northwest in Grand Island. The trail goes east, crossing over Highway 2. It is also connected to the Shoemaker Trail which creates a total...

Pioneer Spirit Trail

NE - 11.2 miles

The Pioneer Spirit Trail zigzags across Hastings, Neb. The concrete trail weaves through parks, whisks by schools and homes and past business, making this trail suitable for not just recreation but...

John Brownell Trail (Beltline Trail)

NE - 2.72 miles

The John Brownell Trail, also known as the Beltline Trail, runs for nearly 2.75 miles through residential neighborhoods on an abandoned rail corridor in Grand Island, Nebraska. The trail provides...

Dannebrog Trail

NE - 3 miles

The first mile of the Dannebrog Trail, which completely encircles the town known as the Danish Capital of Nebraska, was paved in late September 1993. The trail runs along and around an abandoned Union...

Accordion

Riverway Trail

NE - 4.5 miles

Starting at the George Clayton Hall County Park, The Riverway Trail is a straight and flat 4-mile trail, traveling east towards the Platte River. Aside from crossing four intersections, the path is...

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

NE - 10.3 miles

The Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a 10-mile loop around a popular recreational lake in central Nebraska located about 10 miles south of Lexington. The project is nearly complete with 8.3 miles...

Shoemaker Trail

NE - 1.9 miles

The Shoemaker Trail gets its name from Shoemaker Elementary School where the path begins. Travelling north and passing Westridge Middle School, it connects with the State Street Trail, creating nearly...

St. Joe Trail

NE - 2.91 miles

The St. Joe Trail in Grand Island, Nebraska, runs for nearly 3 miles from its connection with the John Brownell Trail at Ada Street to its southern endpoint at George Clayton Hall County Park. For...

South Locust Street Trail

NE - 0.7 miles

The South Locust Street Trail acts like a spur off of the the Riverway Trail. It travels north for a little over a half mile towards Rt. 34. Walmart and Denny's are nearby which makes it a convenient...

Pheasant Ridge Trail

NE - 3 miles

The Pheasant Ridge Trail traces the northern shore of Harlan County Lake from just off US 183 in downtown Alma to Methodist Cove. Along the scenic tree-lined route, travelers may catch a glimpse of...

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

NE - 13.3 miles

The Kearney Hike and Bike Trail spans 13 paved miles through western and southern Kearney, Nebraska. The trail links neighborhoods and businesses with parks and historical sites throughout the city....

Recent Trail Reviews

Pheasant Ridge Trail

Great trail

July, 2020 by scottmcknz

Great concrete trail that goes along the NW side of Harlan County Lake. West end of trail starts just off of US Hwy 183 in Alma and the east end is at Methodist Cove campground/boat dock. Trail is relatively flat, just some minor hills, very easy ride/walk. Many benches along the trail overlooking the scenic views of Harlan County Lake. Wildlife is also very prevalent along this trail. I have witnessed rabbits, squirrels, deer, pheasants, fox, turkey, turtles, deer, raccoon and even a very small lizard.

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.

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Delightful trail around Johnson Lake. Two short sections on roads. Virtually no traffic. Very enjoyable break on a cross country journey.

August, 2019 by pedalfree

Delightful trail around Johnson Lake. Two short sections on roads. Virtually no traffic. Very enjoyable break on a cross country journey.

Accordion

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.

Pheasant Ridge Trail

Nice short trail with scenic views

November, 2017 by pedalfree

The Pheasant Ridge Trail is a short 3 mile trail lining the north shore of Harlan County Reservoir in Harlan NE. I had the opportunity to ride it while passing through on the way from our Iowa home to visit family in Arizona. It provided a nice break along the way.

The surface is mostly concrete and it was smooth and relatively fast. It's a little hilly, but the hills are easily manageable and offer some nice vistas of the lake.

If you're coming from out of town, the best place to park is in the city park on the east side of US Highway 183 just to the north of the causeway over the reservoir. Parking is free and the trail starts just steps from the lot.

If you want to go a little longer, you might be able to cruise through the campground at the east end of the trail. There's a guard house there but it was closed for the season when I rode here last week so I was able to easily get in. On the way back, I detoured through town. Round trip was a little under 8 miles.

I wouldn't make a special trip here, but if you find yourself in the area, the Pheasant Ridge Trail is a nice resource and pleasant way to spend a little time exploring this beautiful, rural part of America.

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.

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

New Construction Improves Trail

July, 2017 by cwkasson

We rode this trail a couple days ago, and were pleasantly surprised at the improvements since our last visit. The trail makes a complete loop around Johnson Lake, with only a few "shared roadway" instances, including a short stretch across the actual dam. In one case, we can see on-going construction to give bikes a separate pathway in the near future, leaving only the dam and the inlet roadways to be shared with vehicle traffic.

Very scenic ride. Many opportunities to stop and rest.

Enjoy.

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.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Ride to the Archway!

May, 2017 by sschwinn

Ride this trail today. It's in great shape.

As per the previous comment, you can't ride to Fort Kearny, but you can ride to the Platte River Road Archway which is worth a stop.

The trail section that curves along the canal is particularly nice.

Riverway Trail

A Nice Surprise

July, 2015 by limabean21

My family traveled to Grand Island, NE for a wedding, we planned on camping & stayed at the KOA just outside of town. We had picked up their city magazine & they mentioned nothing about bike trails in the area. So we looked on this site & found quite the extensive set of trails listed, I think in total it's about 20 miles of trails! It's sad that the city doesn't advertise them to visitors, because they're a very beautiful set of trails!

We combined this one with the John Brownell trail as well. We started from Walmart, which is right by the trail-head. The trails are very flat, well maintained, & paved the entire way, so we could have continued on & on, without even realizing how far we had gone! The Riverway trail goes through countryside, & by the Stuhr museum which is very picturesque, but unfortunately was closed for an extensive period of time, so we couldn't visit it. The John Brownell trails weaves through residential areas & goes through several neat city parks.

It's a shame these trails aren't well advertised or well known, because they were a really nice surprise!

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