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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The trail is complete from Ft Kearny to Cottonmill Park. Approximately 16 miles, one way.
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.
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!
You can't get to Fort Kearney on this trail!
I ride the trail three days per week in good weather! It is a safe loop, with dedicated trail options away from the more dangerous stretches of vehicle roadway. The ten mile loop can be easily ridden in one hour.
Along the way are nine really nice rest areas and two gazebos, adding to the scenic settings-- plus two campgrounds and four eateries.
On the way I see families with small children, dedicated bikers, folks walking dogs, trikes, roller blades, and even wheelchairs! Folks who drive to it will not be disappointed!
I like to bring my kids on this trail. Depending where you start you end at the movie theatre or the park! Win, win.
What a wonderful trail this is. Have ridden it many times. Have enjoyed seeing runners, walkers, families and dedicated cyclists on this trail. The trail is very well maintained. Grasses are mowed on both sides. Fun going under highways and train tracks. Even when it is windy - you don't really notice.
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