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Length
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Bellevue Loop Trail

8.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

0.6 mi
State: IA, NE
Concrete

Flanagan Lake Trail

5.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Great American Rail-Trail

3743.9 mi
State: DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Huntington Park Trailway

0.84 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Indian Creek Trail (IA)

3.86 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Keystone Trail

15.96 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Lake Cunningham Trail

6.4 mi
State: NE
Concrete

MoPac Trail East

21.6 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail West

5.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Murdock Trail

4.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Piney Creek Park Trail

0.9 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Prairie Queen Trail

4.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Railroad Highway Trail

3.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail

3.75 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

South Omaha Trail

3.6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

T-Bone Trail

19.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

63 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Walnut Creek Lake Trail

3.1 mi
State: NE
Concrete
Accordion

Wehrspann Lake Trail

6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

West Papio Trail

23.5 mi
State: NE
Boardwalk, Concrete

Westin Hills Trail

1.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Burt Street Trail

0.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Field Club Trail

1.8 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Lake Manawa Trail

7.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Omaha Riverfront Trail

20.1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Platte River Connection

1 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Skyline Trail (NE)

2.97 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Steamboat Trace Trail

21.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Zorinsky Lake Trail

7.4 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

144th Street Trail

8.5 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Big Papio Trail

9.88 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Iowa Riverfront Trail

6.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

13.2 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

84th Street Trail

6.35 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Sorensen Parkway Trail

4.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Ballpark to Ballpark Trail

1 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Boulevard Trail

3.1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Bull Creek Pathway

0.6 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Deerfield Lions Trail

1 mi
State: NE
Concrete

East Military Trail

0.8 mi
State: NE
Concrete

FEVR Trail

1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

First Ave Trail

3.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Jack Sutton Drive

0.5 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Marv Holubar Trail

2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

North Atlantic Trails System

5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel

Red Oak Trail

1.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Ridge Road Trail

3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Shanda Dixon Trail

1.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Stanton Greenbelt Trail

1.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Superior Street Trail

4.42 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Turner Boulevard Trail

2 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Valley View Trail

7.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Veterans Memorial Trail (IA)

5 mi
State: IA, NE
Concrete

Western Historic Trails Center Link

1.9 mi
State: IA
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Bellevue Loop Trail is actually the southern extension of the Keystone Trail, and it is occasionally referred to simply as part of the longer trail. The trail makes a loop around the southern edge...
NE 8.9 mi Concrete
The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge—named for the former Nebraska senator who helped secure much of its funding—opened in September 2008 as the first dedicated pedestrian bridge to connect two states....
IA, NE 0.6 mi Concrete
Flanagan Lake, opened to the public in July 2018, is a 220-acre reservoir designed to aid in flood control on the outskirts of Omaha. Named for Father Edward Flanagan, the priest who founded the...
NE 5.2 mi Concrete
Note: This developing route is not yet fully contiguous – it is just over 50% complete. Please refer to the Trail Map for more information on the existing sections of trail, as well as the online...
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Running through a quiet neighborhood in the western reaches of Omaha, the Huntington Park Trailway (also known more simply as the Huntington Trail) offers a nice concrete path, ideal for residents...
NE 0.84 mi Concrete
Running north along Indian Creek from busy US 275, the Indian Creek Trail extends for more than 3 miles —where it meets the Veterans Memorial Trail and Lake Manawa Trail—to the southwestern edge of...
IA 3.86 mi Concrete
Overview The Keystone Trail is a popular urban-to-rural corridor for commuters and recreationists of all stripes: college students, business professionals, families, and others who desire access to...
NE 15.96 mi Concrete
Omaha's Glenn Cunningham Lake offers six miles of walking and biking trails circling the reservoir. The 8ft wide, concrete trail known as the "C" provides an accessible path for easy recreation and...
NE 6.4 mi Concrete
Overview The MoPac Trail East follows the former Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac"). The trail offers a rural experience, heading east from the outskirts of Lincoln through...
NE 21.6 mi Crushed Stone
MoPac Trail West follows the former Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac") from central Lincoln to the city's eastern outskirts, where it joins the MoPac Trail East. The concrete...
NE 5.3 mi Concrete
The Murdock Trail, named after the businessman who donated the land to the City of Lincoln, travels east-west for nearly 5 miles through northern Lincoln and its Havelock neighborhood. The trail runs...
NE 4.7 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
This trail provides a safe place to walk, roll or jog within the Elkhorn neighborhood on the west side of Omaha. The concrete path sits in the Piney Creek greenbelt, which also the site of a small...
NE 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Prairie Queen Recreation Area offers a beautiful outdoor space for residents of Papillion, which lies southeast of Omaha. Looping around the lake at its center is a paved pathway, which offers...
NE 4.2 mi Concrete
The 3.5-mile Railroad Highway Trail runs through gently undulating farmland just outside of Council Bluffs, Iowa. The trails sits within the corridor of Railroad Highway, but is separated from the...
IA 3.5 mi Concrete
The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Nature Trail travels nearly 4 miles along an asphalt path atop a former railbed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. Starting near an I-80 on-ramp,...
IA 3.75 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The South Omaha Trail serves as an important connector for the city, linking the Keystone Trail, Karen Park, Karen Western Elementary School and the Field Club Trail. The paved pathway is built on a...
NE 3.6 mi Concrete
Extending north from the 144th Street Trail, the Standing Bear Lake and Recreation Area Trail spans over four miles around Standing Bear Lake and the surrounding neighborhoods and parkland. A popular...
NE 4.4 mi Concrete
The T-Bone Trail stretches nearly 20 miles between Audubon and Pymosa township in western Iowa. The paved pathway follows a former railroad right-of-way and offers beautiful countryside views. On the...
IA 19.6 mi Asphalt
Overview The Wabash Trace Nature Trail offers an amazing trip through the rural forests and countryside of southwest Iowa. The trail stretches 63 miles from Council Bluffs (just outside of Omaha,...
IA 63 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Walnut Creek Lake Recreation Area is a natural gem in Papillion, a southwestern suburb of Omaha. The 450-acre park features a paved multiuse pathway circling Walnut Creek Lake. Along the way,...
NE 3.1 mi Concrete
Accordion
The Wehrspann Lake Trail loops around its namesake reservoir in the Chalco Hills Recreation Area on the southwestern outskirts of Omaha. There are benches and picnic spots along the paved pathway to...
NE 6 mi Concrete
Overview The West Papio Trail offers 23.5 miles of paved trail in the western Omaha metro region. The route follows Papillion Creek, which is referred to affectionately by locals as Papio Creek...
NE 23.5 mi Boardwalk, Concrete
Providing an invaluable connection between the 144th Street Trail and the West Papio Trail, two key trails in the Omaha area's trail network, the Westin Hills Trail also serves as a pleasant community...
NE 1.9 mi Concrete
In the heart of Omaha, the Burt Street Trail provides an east-west route between N. 20th Street and N. 30th Street paralleling its namesake roadway. Along the way, it traverses the Creighton...
NE 0.8 mi Asphalt
Following a former railroad route, the Field Club Trail spans nearly 2 miles in one of Omaha's older neighborhoods. The northern portion of the trail—beginning just south of the University of Nebraska...
NE 1.8 mi Concrete
The Lake Manawa Trail in Council Bluffs links the city's industrial core along US 275 with Lake Manawa State Park, a popular destination for hiking, camping, boating, fishing and swimming. In the...
IA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Omaha Riverfront Trail is currently open in three sections along the Missouri River in Nebraska's largest city. In the south, the trail begins at Missouri Avenue/US 275's approach to the South...
NE 20.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Platte River Connection is a short, but critical, route that will one day link the vast trail systems of the two most populous Nebraskan cities, Lincoln and Omaha. The trail's centerpiece is the...
NE 1 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
In just under three miles, the Skyline Trail takes users across a variety of settings - suburban residential, main street commercial, and agricultural. The trail is found in Elkhorn, on the west edge...
NE 2.97 mi Asphalt
The Steamboat Trace Trail in southeastern Nebraska rests on a former Burlington Northern railroad corridor stretching from Brownville to just south of Nebraska City. The corridor was railbanked by...
NE 21.4 mi Crushed Stone
The Zorinsky Lake Trail offers a pleasant excursion on the western outskirts of Omaha. The paved pathway encircles a 255-acre lake, offering beautiful views of the water from all angles. The full...
NE 7.4 mi Asphalt, Concrete
This trail is an 8-mile long winding pathway stretching from north to south along 144th Street (State Route 50). It is an important route for both recreation and transportation, providing safe...
NE 8.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Omaha's Big Papio Trail follows the route of Big Papillion Creek from southern Omaha to the city's northwestern corner. The paved trail begins along the creek at Harrison Street in Seymour Smith Park,...
NE 9.88 mi Concrete
The Iowa Riverfront Trail in Council Bluffs spans the western side of the city along the Missouri River. For most of the route, bikers, runners, skaters and walkers are treated to spectacular views of...
IA 6.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Overview The MoPac Trail in Springfield is a 13.2-mile trail that traverses an old Missouri Pacific (hence "MoPac") railroad line. The crushed stone pathway takes users between just north of...
NE 13.2 mi Crushed Stone
For commuters, the 84th Street Trail provides a convenient, north-south route paralleling its namesake road from Mahoney Park and Adams Street to Old Cheney Road. For recreationists, the trail...
NE 6.35 mi Concrete
The multiuse trail sits alongside the Sorensen Parkway, extending from the scenic Fontenelle Boulevard west to N 90th Street and Military Road. It provides a recreational path for residents of the...
NE 4.8 mi Asphalt
The Ballpark to Ballpark Trail quite logically gets its name from the two ballparks situated at either end of its route and the increased connections it will create. Funded almost entirely by the...
IA 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Boulevard Trail (also known as the Happy Hollow Trail) is a 10-foot, 3-mile trail winding through the tree-lined, historic neighborhoods of midtown Omaha. The trail splits off from the Keystone...
NE 3.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Bull Creek Pathway is a short neighborhood path with a lot of use. The multi-use pathway runs parallel to Bull Creek and links Harl-Holt Park to Washington Elementary, Schuler Elementary and...
IA 0.6 mi Concrete
Stretching a mile across Blair’s northwest side, the Deerfield Lions Trail is so named because it connects the Deerfield subdivision (and Deerfield Elementary School) at one end and Lions Club Park at...
NE 1 mi Concrete
This recreational trail travels along the south side of E. Military Road. The concrete path connects neighborhoods on the east side of Fremont to Johnson Park. The park is home to a fishing lake...
NE 0.8 mi Concrete
The FEVR Trail borrows its name from the Fremont Valley & Elkhorn excursion line, that ran trains on 17 miles between Fremont and Hooper. The FEVR line is intact but the trail shares right-of-way with...
NE 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Following a former rail corridor and running parallel to West Broadway, the First Avenue Trail provides a new opportunity for active transportation and recreation in Council Bluffs. Connecting...
IA 3.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Jack Sutton Drive is a concrete path lying along Jack Sutton Drive. The trail extends between Luther Road and the Johnson Crossing Academic Center, and affords students of the adjacent...
NE 0.5 mi Concrete
Vascilating between natural and suburban surroundings in the outskirts of Bellevue, the Marv Holubar Trail offers an important off-road connection from local neighborhoods to popular shopping...
NE 2 mi Concrete
Just north of the small Iowa city of Atlantic, a sprawling network of concrete multi-use trails have been built, enabling cyclists and pedestrians to safely explore the lovely natural landscape around...
IA 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Gravel
The Red Oak Trail is a concrete biking and walking trail that runs through a series of lightly-wooded fields around the edge of the local high school and cemetery in the small city of Red Oak, Iowa....
IA 1.2 mi Concrete
As its name suggests, this recreation path lies along Ridge Road in west Fremont. The trail is 8-foot-wide concrete, with intermittent tree cover, and is a flat run, walk or ride. The Ridge Road Trail...
NE 3 mi Concrete
The Shanda Dixon Trail borders a residential area along Fremont Street in northeastern Lincoln and makes its way east to Mahoney Park. The trail circles the park, which offers athletic facilities and...
NE 1.7 mi Concrete
A concrete pathway that encircles the small community of Stanton, Iowa, the Stanton Greenbelt Trail gives residents a convenient recreation trail right in their backyards. The trail forms a semicircle...
IA 1.5 mi Concrete
The Superior Street Trail is primarily a commuter route following its namesake thoroughfare from US 6 (Cornhusker Highway) in Lincoln to the Highlands neighborhood on the western edge of the city. The...
NE 4.42 mi Asphalt
The Turner Boulevard Trail offers a north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway through residential neighborhoods on Omaha's west side. Along its two miles, the paved pathway connects three...
NE 2 mi Asphalt
The Valley View Trail spans the eastern side of Council Bluffs, Iowa, passing close to residential neighborhoods, retail hubs, parks and rural areas. Along the way, trail users can read historical...
IA 7.2 mi Concrete
Council Bluffs' Veterans Memorial Trail runs adjacent to US 275—also known as Veterans Memorial Highway—for its 5 mile route. On the non-highway side of the trail, runners, walkers, bikers and skaters...
IA, NE 5 mi Concrete
Although one of the shorter trails in Council Bluffs' outstanding system, the Western Historic Trails Center Link provides an excellent connection between two longer trails. In the south, the trail...
IA 1.9 mi Concrete

Recent Trail Reviews

Murdock Trail

OK Trail

July, 2024 by adsaxs

We are RVers and were staying at the Sandhills Global Event Center at North 84th and Fremont. The Murdock Trail was right behind the event center so we decided to take a ride. There is an entrance to the trail from the west campground. We have hybrid bikes.

We headed west on the trail. The first section of the trail from the event center to the 84th Street overpass was limestone surface. Some of the surface was fine but there were sections that were deeply rutted, muddy and deep limestone to the point of being annoying and unsafe if cycling too fast. As we continued on the surface improved.

We continued on and connected to the John Dietrich Bikeway.

Overall, the Murdock Trail was OK; nothing special. Flat, partially shaded, through residential and industrial areas but it was good to get out and enjoy the sunny day.

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

The pipe after the Platte River bridge is bent.

May, 2024 by linda_03

The guard pipe on the south side of the Platte bridge is bent. This narrows the distance between the top of the Guard pipes. It wasn’t enough space for my bicycle handlebars to fit through and so I crashed. I know you don’t want motorized vehicles on the bridge, but the pipes are too tall and interfere with bicycle handlebars, especially when one of them is bent inward. Why can’t the top of the bars be about 10 inches lower? Thank you

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Lots a twigs but overall great

April, 2024 by aeboe

Shenandoah to Malvern. We rode in significant wind (35 mph gusts). We could feel it in the openings and braced for it, but protected by the trees otherwise. Lots of twigs down and one tree down. Had to be mindful of what you were riding over. Surface otherwise was really nice. We were the only riders on the trail in April.

Accordion

144th Street Trail

meh…frequent rider, wouldn’t go out of my way for it though

April, 2024 by hbwjwjtrhj

It’s just riding a bike through a city. And not even a scenic, aesthetically pleasing city. Just a bunch of fast food restaurants, neighborhood developments, some schools, strip malls and lakes on each end. If that’s your thing, then ride the whole trail. Personally, I will ride parts of it frequently because it’s convenient and close to home. But it’s not a great trail, more just a bike path along a major road.

Wehrspann Lake Trail

Fun ride to start with

April, 2024 by hbwjwjtrhj

Good for a beginner. I just started riding regularly and this was a good challenge. Has just enough hill climbing to challenge yourself and it also helps you learn how to pace yourself. The path is wide and smooth, has some fun tight turns at the beginning, and spots going downhill where you can get a little speed going. Made for a very enjoyable ride.

T-Bone Trail

rough asphalt

March, 2024 by lyonsjustin1958

It is too bad the asphalt has cracked. A great effort was made to have a nice trail but the cracks were enough to make it rough riding. That is the reason such a low rating. I also question why most of the trees have been cut down.

Wehrspann Lake Trail

Amazing Path

October, 2023 by hkhumphress

We are visiting from Ohio and found this path around the lake. It is awesome! We are participating in a health challenge and the 6.5 miles was terrific! It is an overcast and cool day; it may be hot if the sun is out and it is mid-summer. Fantastic for us though!

Steamboat Trace Trail

Needs work.

October, 2023 by crjdajab_mom

I rode trail from most farthest southern point to Brownville. The trail is not there. Bridge you cross is sketchy. Hopeful that Brownville to Peru is better.

Wabash Trace Nature Trail

Great trail, but soft after a rain

August, 2023 by mrmikesch

Camped in our motorhome at Boehner Park, campground in Malvern. Only 100 yards from the campground to the trail. Day number one we rode north from Malverne to Silver city. 16 miles round-trip. Day number two, we rode Malverne to Shenandoah. 48 miles round-trip. Majority of the sections we rode were tree covered. Great for the shade, but the trail was soft and rotted, as it had rained two days earlier.

Keystone Trail

Trail Closed at The Mart for sewer repair

August, 2023 by nosliwrenee

There is a detour but you have to cross Dodge Street. Just wanted to share this info with riders. It closed now and will be for 5 months in this section. https://omaha.com/news/local/omaha-to-close-portion-of-keystone-trail-for-5-months/article_07b99bce-3852-11ee-bb43-3bcb2f7635e1.html

Steamboat Trace Trail

August 2023 - Good trail, could be great with a little more maintenance

August, 2023 by lwwrjw93

I read past reviews, and due to negative comments, I chose to ride the trail with a mountain bike. Most (85%) of the trail was in good (crushed limestone) condition, even following a rain the previous day. The only part of the trail that I didn’t ride (turned my bike around) was the portion about 8 miles south of the Nebraska City trailhead (toward Peru). The grass and weeds were so much covering the trail, except for two narrow strips, that the weeds whacked my legs and made the ride uncomfortable. The weeds were waist high. The weeds in this portion of the trail weren’t mowed on the sides either. I heard from another rider that this only lasted for maybe one mile, but since I wasn’t sure at that time I turned around and re-joined the trail (by vehicle) at Peru. After reading past reviews over the years it appears that folks are working very hard to improve this trail with great success. It’s a lovely trail. Uncrowded (I met three other people in two days) and really pleasant terrain. I do think wider tires are more suited (gravel or mtb tires). Thanks to whoever maintains this trail … and please consider mowing or spraying the weeds through the farm field area that was un-mowed. If farmers are mowing the sides and trail in other areas … THANK YOU!

144th Street Trail

Too many major streets to cross

August, 2023 by gustaff1142

This is not my idea of a fun bike trail. Lots of street traffic. You have to cross just about every major east-west street in Omaha.

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