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144th Street Trail

8.5 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

70th Street Trail

2.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

84th Street Trail

6.35 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Antelope Creek Trail

4.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Antelope Valley Trail

2.1 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Bellevue Loop Trail

8.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Big Papio Trail

9.88 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Billy Wolff Trail

4.1 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Bison Trail

1.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Boulevard Trail

3.1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Burt Street Trail

0.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Chief Standing Bear Trail

22.9 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Field Club Trail

1.8 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Flanagan Lake Trail

5.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Helen Boosalis Trail

3.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Hickman Linear Park Trail

0.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Highlands Trail (NE)

3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Homestead Trail

40 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Huntington Park Trailway

0.84 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Iowa Riverfront Trail

6.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Jamaica North Trail

7.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

John Dietrich Bikeway

3.6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Keystone Trail

15 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Lake Manawa Trail

7.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Marv Holubar Trail

2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

13 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail East

21.7 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail West

5.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Murdock Trail

4.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

North 1st Street Trail

2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Oak Creek Trail

13 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Oak Lake Connector Trail

1.47 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Old Cheney Road Trail

3.03 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Omaha Riverfront Trail

20.1 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete

Platte River Connection

1 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Plum Creek Trail

2.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Prairie Queen Trail

4.2 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Rock Island Trail (NE)

6.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Roper Park Trail

1.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Salt Creek Levee Trail

4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Shanda Dixon Trail

1.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Sorensen Parkway Trail

4.8 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

South Omaha Trail

3.6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Southpointe Trail

2.36 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Steamboat Trace Trail

21.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Superior Street Trail

4.42 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Tierra Williamsburg Trail

3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Turner Boulevard Trail

1.7 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

Veterans Memorial Trail (IA)

5 mi
State: IA, NE
Concrete

Walnut Creek Lake Trail

3.1 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Wehrspann Lake Trail

6 mi
State: NE
Concrete

West Papio Trail

22.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Western Historic Trails Center Link

1.9 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Westin Hills Trail

1.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Zorinsky Lake Trail

7.4 mi
State: NE
Asphalt, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
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
The 70th Street Trail follows its namesake thoroughfare for just over two miles, providing a convenient, north-south route through residential Lincoln. Along the way, trail-goers will pass Holmes Lake...
NE 2.3 mi Concrete
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 Antelope Creek Trail follows its namesake waterway through suburban sections of southeastern Lincoln, Nebraska. Essentially a direct continuation of the slightly shorter Billy Wolff Trail, the...
NE 4.9 mi Concrete
The Antelope Valley Trail runs roughly north-south through downtown Lincoln with the University of Nebraska on one end and Lincoln High School at the other. The paved pathway begins near the Bob...
NE 2.1 mi Concrete
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
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 Billy Wolff Trail provides Lincoln residents with a connection to nature, running through a string of parks—Pansing Park, Roose Park, Antelope Park and Holmes Lake Park—as it winds its way from S....
NE 4.1 mi Concrete
The Bison Trail runs across southwestern Lincoln from the intersection of W. Prospector Court and S. 1st Street (south of State Route 2) to the entrance of Pioneers Park Nature Center on S. Coddington...
NE 1.7 mi 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
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
The Chief Standing Bear Trail spans 22.9 miles from the southeast Nebraska town of Beatrice to the Nebraska/Kansas state line. It's named after a Ponca chief and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska owns the...
NE 22.9 mi Crushed Stone
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
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
The Helen Boosalis Trail runs for nearly 4 miles across the city from the Indian Village neighborhood to the Edgewood Shopping Center. The urban pathway connects several residential neighborhoods and...
NE 3.9 mi Concrete
The Hickman Linear Park Trail parallels the rail line between 68th Street at its the southeast end and 7th Street/Hickman Road at its northwest end. The trail is just under a mile and runs through a...
NE 0.8 mi Asphalt
The Highlands Trail offers a pleasant, 3-mile loop through Lincoln's Highlands neighborhood. Supporting its role as a community connector, the trail traverses Nebraska Technology Park on its south end...
NE 3 mi Concrete
The Homestead Trail follows the route of a rail corridor put up for abandonment by Union Pacific in 1999. Construction began on the trail in 2007 and was completed in the summer of 2012 by a...
NE 40 mi 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
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
Accordion
Running along a former Union Pacific Railroad corridor, the Jamaica North Trail extends from the southwestern corner of downtown Lincoln south through the city to Saltillo Road, linking several of the...
NE 7.9 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The John Dietrich Bikeway—also known as the John Dietrich Trail or simply the Dietrich Trail—winds through urban Lincoln for more than 3 miles. Along its route, the trail skirts the edge of a number...
NE 3.6 mi Concrete
The Keystone Trail is a popular urban-to-rural corridor for commuters and recreationalists of all stripes: college students, business professionals, families and others who desire access to Omaha's...
NE 15 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
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
The MoPac Trail in Springfield is an integral component of what is planned to be a more than 50-mile recreational trail between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska's two largest cities. Four sections of the...
NE 13 mi Crushed Stone
The MoPac Trail follows the former Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac"). This eastern segment of the rail corridor offers a rural experience, heading east from the outskirts of...
NE 21.7 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
The North 1st Street Trail parallels its namesake road through Lincoln's northwestern neighborhoods between Cornhusker Highway and Superior Street. Near its southern end, the trail offers access to...
NE 2 mi Concrete
Nebraska's Oak Creek Trail, occupying a former Union Pacific Railroad corridor in the eastern part of the state, offers a truly rural experience. While the trail is only about an hour from both Omaha...
NE 13 mi Crushed Stone
Oak Lake Connector Trail is a shared-use path around the edge of Oak Lake Park in northwest Lincoln, Nebraska. The trail continues where the Salt Creek Levee Trail leaves off, beginning at Haymarket...
NE 1.47 mi Concrete
Immediately adjacent to its namesake, the Old Cheney Road Trail provides a straight east-west route across southern Lincoln from 27th Street to 70th Street. Although the 3-mile paved pathway isn't...
NE 3.03 mi 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 Crushed Stone
Located on the eastern side of Seward, Nebraska, the Plum Creek Trail runs for nearly 3 miles through open fields and dense woodland. As its name suggests, the trail follows the course of Plum Creek...
NE 2.7 mi Concrete
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 Rock Island Trail in Lincoln, Nebraska, runs for nearly 7 miles through the city on a north–south corridor, between the University of Nebraska's flagship campus and Densmore Park. The trail is an...
NE 6.7 mi Concrete
Roper Park Trail provides an oblong loop around a creek in northwestern Lincoln. The narrow, paved pathway (located west of I-180) traverses a wide, grassy area dotted with trees. Short spurs along...
NE 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Salt Creek Levee Trail provides a scenic route for bikers and runners along its namesake waterway. This crushed-limestone path takes you past Lincoln's oldest neighborhoods and under a picturesque...
NE 4 mi Crushed Stone
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
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 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
The Southpointe Trail extends from Densmore Park to the Tierra Williamsburg Trail in Lincoln's Southern Hills neighborhood. This suburban route passes by Williamsburg Village, one of the city's most...
NE 2.36 mi Concrete
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 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 tree-lined Tierra Williamsburg Trail—also known as the Tierra Park Williamsburg Trail or more simply as the Williamsburg Trail—traverses through the distinctive Williamsburg Village neighborhood...
NE 3 mi Concrete
The Turner Boulevard Trail offers a north-south route paralleling its namesake roadway through residential neighborhoods on Omaha's west side. Although just shy of 2 miles long, the paved pathway...
NE 1.7 mi Asphalt
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
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
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
The West Papio Trail offers nearly 23 miles of paved trail in the western Omaha metro region. The pathway begins just west of S. 36th Street in Bellevue, where it connects with the Keystone Trail, and...
NE 22.9 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
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
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

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MoPac Trail East

Lovely Country Ride

August, 2019 by cmc2condit

We rode from the East part of Lincoln to Elmwood on our "hybrid" bikes (not skinny tires). The trail was basically in good shape, with a few very short rough patches due to the kind of gravel surface and the weather. It is well worth the ride, with lovely and somewhat varied country views and plenty of birds and flowers. The mural in Elmwood is worth the ride up from the trail and the convenience store there will let you buy donuts or ice cream or sports drinks and a pitstop to keep you going.

Murdock Trail

Beautiful Trail

July, 2019 by bbrenton

Recommend parking at 112th and Havelock where the trail begins. There is no parking lot but there is a small pull off where you can get your vehicle safely off the road. Navigate, what can be a messy slippery slope, and you will reach the head of the trail. The arching trees that hang over this trail will make you easily forget you are only in a tiny strip of trees running between two corn fields. The trail is long, flat, and appears to be never ending as you look ahead. Mulberry trees line the sides of the trail and offer a nice treat while exploring the trail in the late spring. Unpaved but fairly easy ridding on a bike. Can be a little muddy after rain but the majority of the surface is fairly compact. Great for a leisurely hike, walking the dog, or going for a jog. Not too heavily used, especially on the far east end. Overall a fantastic trail.

Salt Creek Levee Trail

Lack Luster But Rides Easy

July, 2019 by bbrenton

Runs on the west side of downtown Lincoln,from Van Dorn St. in the south, following along the banks of the Salt Creek, and curving east around the north end of downtown.

Accordion

Jamaica North Trail

It's all open!

July, 2019 by peg.hart

The trail is all open now. Terrific wilderness bike ride, especially in the morning when you are likely to see wildlife. I saw five (!) fawns just today!

Steamboat Trace Trail

Beautiful ride

September, 2018 by janet.palmtag

You'll love the timbers, river, and bluffs along the way. Stop in Peru for a coffee then Brownville for a late breakfast or lunch. It's my favorite thing to do.

Keystone Trail

Keystone Trail

September, 2018 by dmfiore23

I recommend going on a weekday because the trail is pretty crowded friday-sunday. Enjoyable ride away from traffic, but nothing special.

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

old Maddog flyer

September, 2018 by nevmadog

the trail is still a little too deep in gravel north of Springfield, but seems great to me on the stretch from the Sarpy County fair grounds Heron Bay at the Platte river. great ride, lots of shade and saw no dog poop.

Steamboat Trace Trail

Bugs and beef

September, 2018 by pitsy

My husband and I enjoyed riding half of the Steamboat Trace Trail. We started by Nebraska city and rode to Peru. The first half had lots of shade which was nice since it was surprisingly hot and humid for an early September morning. We had to pedal against some wind when we got to the more open area through the fields, but it wasn't bad, and we were grateful for the wind on the way back since the temp. rose into the 80's. This ride will be most remembered for the large number of grasshoppers and woolly caterpillars found on the trail. We enjoyed seeing lots of monarchs too. Besides bugs, we did come across 2 angus cows and a calf that found their way over or under the fence and onto the trail. I suspected that this could be a possibility since I saw a cow pie on the trail on the way to Peru. I grew up on a farm so I wasn't too concerned and knew they would move out of the way, but thought I would give future bicyclists a heads up. The trail was in good shape for the most part. Every now and then we would encounter a section with rocks instead of crushed limestone so we had to watch where we were going. The only other thing to look out for is a few areas where they put metal poles so vehicles won't drive on the trail include a base for a pole, but no pole is in place.

South Omaha Trail

Nice Trail

September, 2018 by bojanskimj

I enjoy the trail, as long as the city keeps the grass/weeds cut. Be on the look out for broken glass in the area near 42nd & D st.
And yes be careful crossing at 50th St...I can say someone runs the light almost everytime I used the lights.
It would be nice if there was a bench between 50th-42nd St.

Chief Standing Bear Trail

A wonderful ride

August, 2018 by godsgalleon616

We rode this trail completely. We started at Beatrice, NE, and rode south to the Blue River trail, then down into Kansas, the returned the next day. We saw deer, hawks and small birds, Racoons, turkeys and more on this trail. There is one stretch of trail that is a mile or so lone, that is rather straight and a bit boring, the rest of the trail is great. I would recommend this trail to . anyone

Omaha Riverfront Trail

Middle = Confusing, North = Nice

August, 2018 by negangardo

Skated the middle section and had the same problem as everyone else with getting lost. Needs way more signs. The northern section was very nice though! Nice views of the Missouri River and Carter Lake that overshadow the not-so-nice views of an oil refinery, wastewater plant, and trailerpark. I skated from the Carter Lake trailhead in the south to the top of the big hill near Ponca Road. Beware of gravel and sticks that cover the pavement in a few areas.

West Papio Trail

Beautiful Ride

July, 2018 by jeltonj

Smooth and beautiful ride. I took it to Harrison Street before heading back due to weather conditions. I enjoyed the quiet, scenic views with very little traffic noise, a few airplanes and mostly calm peaceful riding amidst the soy beans and the corn fields.

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