Nebraska Cross Country Skiing Trails and Maps

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Bellevue Loop Trail

8.9 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Big Papio Trail

9.88 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Bob Lake Trail

1.3 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Dark Island Trail

8.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Field Club Trail

1.8 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

Johnson Lake Hike and Bike Trail

10.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

13.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Keystone Trail

15 mi
State: NE
Concrete

MoPac Trail East

21.7 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Niobrara Trail

2.1 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone, Grass

Oak Creek Trail

13 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Plum Creek Trail

2.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Robert White Trail

1.5 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Rock Island Trail (NE)

6.7 mi
State: NE
Concrete

Steamboat Trace Trail

21.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

West Papio Trail

22.9 mi
State: NE
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
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 Bob Lake Trail runs for 1.3 miles between 48th Avenue and the start of the Robert White Trail where the trails converge near 65th Street. The trail follows the southwest shore of Lake Babcock,...
NE 1.3 mi Crushed Stone
Traversing just over 8 miles in central Nebraska, the Dark Island Trail runs from the small town of Central City to the even smaller village of Marquette. For those experiencing the trail by bike,...
NE 8.4 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
The Great American Rail-Trail highlights some of the country’s most iconic landmarks, well-known geography and storied history across a 3,700-miles-plus route between Washington and Washington....
DC, IA, ID, IL, IN, MD, MT, NE, OH, PA, WA, WV, WY 3743.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
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 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 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
Niobrara State Park has a total 14 miles of trails open to a variety of uses, including snowmobiling. A 2.1-mile hike–bike trail incorporates a trestle from the old Chicago Northwestern Railroad,...
NE 2.1 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
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
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 Robert White Trail runs for 1.5 miles between the start of the Bob Lake Trail, where the trails converge near 65th Street, and 18th Avenue/Monastery Road. There is no shade. The trail follows the...
NE 1.5 mi Crushed Stone
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
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 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

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Recent Trail Reviews

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.

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.

Accordion

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.

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!

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.

Wilderness Park Trail

Nice Fall Walk

October, 2018 by br83835

Perfect nature walk for non-athlete wanting fresh air and comfortable pace. Crops ready for harvest and trees ablaze with color. Small water channel provided a peaceful stop. The native grasses were heavy with seed. The reservoir lapped with small waves while the stray duck flapped in the distance. Ideal setting for meditation.

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.

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