Murdock Trail


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Murdock Trail Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Lancaster
Length: 4.7 miles
Trail end points: 48th St. and Fremont St. and N. 112th St. south of Havelock Ave.
Trail surfaces: Concrete, Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016460

Murdock Trail Description

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 along a former Rock Island Railroad corridor, established in the 1850s to ferry passengers across the Midwest.

Along the crushed stone and asphalt path, two neighborhood parks—Mahoney and Ballard—provide opportunities for residents to play baseball, basketball, tennis and other sports. For longer journeys, travelers can connect directly to the John Dietrich Bikeway at the Murdock Trail's western end and the 84th Street Trail on Lincoln's eastern edge.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Murdock Trail can be found in Ballard Park at the intersection of N. 66th Street and Kearney Avenue and in Mahoney Park, accessed from the intersection of N. 70th Street and Fremont Street.

Murdock Trail Reviews

City and Country

-The West end of Murdock Trail begins mid-Lincoln, connecting to the Dietrich Trail at 48th street. Going East it's a paved surface. At Touzalin street it switches to Lincoln's first 10 ft wide concrete with 4 ft wide limestone surface beside it. Allows a soft surface for runners and paved for bikers with generous room to pass. At 70th St it switches to a mix of limestone and concrete running parallel to Mahoney city park. At 84th St. the overpass takes you out into the country for a serene ride with shade off & on, many birds singing, a bridge with steps down to the stream below, past alpaca's grazing in a pasture to 84th st. It's a gem of a trail, I only wish it went farther but grateful it's available to us.

Beautiful Trail

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.

Love the Murdock Trail

I ride this trail regularly and it is a gorgeous experience; I consider it my hour in church to ride this stretch of paved and dirt trail. Mostly level, with sun-dappled ground, a few benches to rest upon, lined with plum thickets and one particularly nice area with a wood bridge over a creek.

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