Lincoln, NE Running Trails and Maps

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Length
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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

Piney Creek Park Trail (NE)

0.9 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

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

Skyline Trail (NE)

2.97 mi
State: NE
Asphalt

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
Notice: Part of the trail between Old Chenney Road and South 14th Street will be closed for construction from July6, 2020 through mid-late September. Please check the Lincoln Parks and Recreation...
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
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 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
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 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
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 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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Recent Trail Reviews

Walnut Creek Lake Trail

wonderful place!

October, 2020 by teganzp

Nice peaceful walk with nature. Wonderful lake and families taking advantage of it! Everyone should visit Walnut Creek Recreation

Chief Standing Bear Trail

Great Trail

October, 2020 by gears4g

Great trail to ride on. It has numerous trailheads along it that a person can park at if they do t have enough time to complete it all in one day. The scenery is breathtaking g and relaxing.

Walnut Creek Lake Trail

Beautiful!

October, 2020 by teganzp

This was my first trail walk since moving to Omaha. It’s a beautiful place which helps you not notice how far you have gone. People walking, jogging, and bicycling— all very polite to everyone else.

Accordion

Platte River Connection

Closed

September, 2020 by jerryklnk

I got to the east end of the bridge and it was blocked by heavy construction equipment and some workers told me the bridge is closed. Obviously.

Platte River Connection

Bridge closed and barricaded

September, 2020 by Workman

As a ‘through rider’ I had to ride all the way from State Route 50 out SR 31, to find out that the trail to the bridge is closed and the bridge is barricaded. Don’t bother going. It has been closed from flooding since March 2019 and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District does not seem to be in any hurry to open or repair the bridge. The detour would be to ride the 4 1/2-5 miles back to the SR 50 bridge at Louisville.

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

Highest hopes for this trsil

September, 2020 by gatescreates

This trail let me down running from Springfield. It just ended after 4 miles. No signs, no nothing. Had me running on a dangerous highway with no direction. Never again.

Steamboat Trace Trail

Rough but Nice Views

September, 2020 by twilightsleep

As of September 2020, signs still state that this trail is closed due to flooding, but the trail is completely dry.

Definitely not a trail for a road bike, but my hybrid bike handled it relatively well. A lot of ruts were repaired with very sharp white stones, though, so it was a rough ride and I never cycled above 10 mph.

At one point the trail is part of a levee above a cornfield. This levee was so thick with crushed stones that my tires kept sinking and I had to push my bike through this part. Finally, I gave up and turned back.

Lovely views complete with turtles, snakes, and frogs crossing the path. Trail needs some care, though.

Burt Street Trail

I've lived in Omaha for 30 years and never knew this route was here. I was able to connect it with side streets and ride from my house near Memorial park to the Bob Kerrey Bridge thus avoiding the major streets with more traffic.

September, 2020 by jayrobinso

I've lived in Omaha for 30 years and never knew this route was here. I was able to connect it with side streets and ride from my house near Memorial park to the Bob Kerrey Bridge thus avoiding the major streets with more traffic.

Bellevue Loop Trail

This Trail closed last year following the floods in the spring. It might reopen next year if the levee improvements and trail get completed.

September, 2020 by kabajhade

This Trail closed last year following the floods in the spring. It might reopen next year if the levee improvements and trail get completed.

Keystone Trail

keystone trails

September, 2020 by arjuns2007

I always start my biking from democracy park (Keystone trails). This is 15 miles trails. I go there every next day. This trails is not bad for mountain bike but when you ride road bike some concrete slabs are unbalanced that’s why road bike has a problem. If they make it balance, it will help to ride smoothly. Thank you

Homestead Trail

Homestead “Express” Trail

August, 2020 by gears4g

I only rode this 5 miles from the TH by the bar “The Rail,” but it was very pleasant. The trail starts out being paved but turns to limestone approximately 1 mile. There were turkeys and their babies within that one mile, which is partially shaded. The trail outside of Beatrice is well shaded for the first couple of miles. This makes for a cool breeze while hammering the pedals. You’ll cross four wooden bridges in those 5 miles, tracing Indian Creek part of the ways. I even spotted a fawn drinking from the creek. The only down side was the brush sticks out too far when crossing the roads. The city need to trim it. I highly recommend surfing Homestead “Express” Trail for a reconnection with nature and a blast into Gage County history!!

Omaha Riverfront Trail

Northen Trail Poorly Maintained

August, 2020 by 83bxyq2g6v

Road the section of this trail that starts north of NP Dodge Park and was disappointed. Too much of the "trail" is simply a paved area directly adjunct to the road, so you're biking with cars and motorcycles during a good portion of the trip. And when you're not on the road you're on an overgrown, somewhat dystopian-looking path adjacent to corn fields and farm driveways marked with "Trespassers will be Shot" signs. Not fun.

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