Rock Island Trail (NE)


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Rock Island Trail (NE) Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Lancaster
Length: 6.7 miles
Trail end points: Densmore Park at S. 14th St. and UNL campus at 19th & Vine streets (Lincoln)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016485
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Rock Island Trail (NE) Description

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 important and popular travel route for nonmotorized uses, linking several city parks, neighborhoods and schools.

The Rock Island Trail links to the Southpointe Trail at Densmore Park; to the Tierra-Williamsburg Trail at 27th Street just south of SR 2; to the Helen Boosalis Trail (a.k.a. the Highway 2 Trail) just north of SR 2; and to the Billy Wolff Trail at the north end of the zoo.

Parking and Trail Access

There are numerous access points along the Rock Island Trail, including from the Folsom Zoo & Botanical Garden (restrictions and fees may apply). Parking is available on campus (restrictions and fees may apply) and at the following: playing fields at 2184 Capitol Parkway, Antelope Park (Memorial Dr. and Sumner St.) and Colonel Densmores Park (14th St. at Mockingbird Ln.).

Rock Island Trail (NE) Reviews

I recently descovered the trail out of wanting to find a nice walking spot.
The trail is beautiful and peaceful.
Over half the trail is surrounded by forest like locations.
It'll get you to a lot of convieniant places throughout the city.
Awesome place for walking long distances.
I highly reccomend.

A great trail to get where you need to go without having to deal with cars.


Kind of the hub of Lincoln trails. And always in good shape. If your lucky you might see a black squirrel from Hwy 2 to the zoo.

"This is my family's favorite trail. Trail is flat, in great shaped and crosses very few streets. Also trail is well shielded by trees, making rides enjoyable even when the weather is not so great."

"Beautiful trail the whole way through. I liked that it was very quiet (for going throught the city), lots of trees. Go for it!"

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