Helen Boosalis Trail


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Helen Boosalis Trail Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Lancaster
Length: 3.9 miles
Trail end points: S. 17th St. and Burnham St. and State Route 2 and Old Cheney Rd.
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6552171
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Helen Boosalis Trail Description

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 retail properties on a separated trail along busy State Route 2.

Travelers will enjoy scenic views as the trail passes through 40th and Highway 2 Park near the trail's midpoint. Connections to the Rock Island Trail and Old Cheney Road Trail allow for a longer bike, run, walk or skate.

The trail is named after Helen Boosalis, who, upon becoming mayor of Lincoln in 1975, was the first female mayor of a city with a population of more than 100,000. She was no stranger to politics at the time, having served as president of the League of Women Voters and as a city council member for 16 years. She broke barriers again in 1986 as the Democratic matchup against Republican Kay Orr for the Nebraska governorship—the first time in U.S. history when the two major party candidates for governor were women. Though she lost the race, she continued in leadership roles at a diverse range of state and national organizations for the rest of her career.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Helen Boosalis Trail is available at the Alamo Shopping Center at the intersection of S. 56th Street and State Route 2 (Nebraska Highway), as well as at 40th and Highway 2 Park near the trail's midpoint.

Helen Boosalis Trail Reviews

This trail provides a good commuter link. It's partially separated, so some intersections have underpasses and others do not. Those with underpasses provide a street crossing: Which makes it connective and means you have a good way around when the underpass floods.

The section west of highway 2 was repaved in 2008 or 2009, and is now a nice smooth ride. Only the last few hundred feet near the department of roads is in poor shape.

This trail is often a good alternative to the old cheney trail, even though it takes you out of the way.

You are right next to highway 2, but there's a pretty good distance to the trail and the trail sits below the highway at most points. So the traffic noise is fairly low, and the only crossings are major intersections.

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