MoPac Trail West


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MoPac Trail West Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Cass, Lancaster
Length: 5.3 miles
Trail end points: S. 84th St. and N. Hazelwood Dr. and Vine St. and N. 17th St.
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016474
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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MoPac Trail West Description

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 pathway begins on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus and connects students, facility and other residents to local businesses, parks and shopping areas as it moves east. Future plans call for the MoPac Trail West and MoPac Trail East pair to be part of a 50-mile route connecting Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska's two largest cities, by trail.

Parking and Trail Access

In Lincoln, parking is available at Peter Pan Park (N. 33rd St. and X St.) and at the Novartis Trailhead at S. 84th Street and Hazelwood Drive.

MoPac Trail West Reviews

Easy to navigate, straight forward. Going biking, see you!

This trail does have an overpass across 27th street now. At 24th street, the trail takes some turns and becomes quite ambiguous, turning into residential sidewalks. A short jaunt involving W, 22nd, and Vine streets, and you have reached the Antelope Valley Trail. From the Antelope, there is quick access to the John Dietrich, the Billy Wolff, and Rock Island trails.

"Decent trail to ride. A lot of people use this on a regular basis so expect to see folks walking, jogging and riding. Especially early in the morning and on weekends. Don't forget to say ""HI"" as most of them will!!!!! Pay close attention to the stop signs at various intersections....Cars DON'T look for you. It's a relaxing ride through the east side of Lincoln. There are plans in place to extend it with a bridge at 27th street. So you have a little crushed rock there. Otherwise it's a concrete trail 99% of the way."


"You listed the address as 33rd to 84th, which is only the cement trail through the city of Lincoln. The best portion, in my opinion, is the rest of the 30-mile (+ or -) that continues on east to at least Wabash, NE, and will continue eventually over the Platte River and on into Omaha - a distance of some 60 miles! The trail is crushed rock for hikers and bicycles along the old railroad bed of the Missouri-Pacific Railroad line. The equestrian portion begins at 98th Street (at 98th and A Streets, there is pull-through gravel parking for trucks-and-trailers) and continues on past Eagle (to there some 7 miles) and I don't really know how much farther, as I haven't been beyond Eagle yet. The equestrian trail is mowed grass and natural vegetation along the easements between the trailbed and adjacent properties, mostly farmland, some high ground, some low, some crossings over the crushed rock, through small streams, some roads. It is quite good and very enjoyable. Come ride sometime!"

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