South Omaha Trail

Nebraska

South Omaha Trail Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Douglas
Length: 2 miles
Trail end points: Keystone Trail at Karen Park and G St. and S. 45th St.
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7265177
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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South Omaha Trail Description

The South Omaha Trail is a 2-mile rail-trail that connects the Keystone Trail, Karen Park, Karen Western Elementary School and the Field Club Trail south of Vinton Street and Interstate-80. 

The trail is built on a former Chicago & North Western rail line and has a slight uphill grade when running from west to east. An old train bridge that crosses S. 60th Street (just south of F Street) has been incorporated into the trail.

There is a considerable amount of wildlife on the trail, including deer, woodchuck and many types of birds.

At busy S. 50th Street, the city recently installed a pedestrian hybrid beacon signal, which allows trail users to push a button to initiate a beacon and thus alert drivers to their presence. Future plans include extending the trail farther east to the Field Club Trail, another rail-trail in midtown Omaha. The connection will complete the much needed east-west route in the city.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available on the western end of the trail in Karen Park at 6288 H Street.

South Omaha Trail Reviews

1. This trail now connects to the Field Club trail near 35th and Vinton Streets near the many grain silos.
2. There is now a trailhead at 42nd and D Sts. with parking. This is directly across the street from the McDonald's at 42nd/D.
3. I walked it today, but bikers prevail in numbers. The lack of significant scenery seems to fit the bike mode.
4. At the western end of this trail near the Keystone connection, I have seen a flock of turkeys in a forested area with is part of a Kiewit storage site. ( that was 18 months or so ago)
5. Long hills on the eastern half of the trail...

I like this trail a lot. it is a comfortable walk with trees along one side. the only wildlife I saw were grasshoppers, crickets, and gnats. I did see one beautiful butterfly. There is a lot of traffic noise from the Interstate, but I could also hear the Papio Creek running beside the trail.

Today was the first time I rode this trail. It was great, with the exception of the pedestrian crossing at 50th Street. Both times I crossed (going out and coming back), I pressed the button and waited for my walk sign, but cars blew right by. None of the drivers even saw their red light! You just need to assume that drivers are blind and stupid, which is what I do anyway.

Accordion

Rode this trail for the first time on July 14, 2013. Lots of trees to shield you from the wind and provide lots of shade. As a bonus, there are mulberry trees along the way that provide a great snack. Possibly my favorite trail in Omaha.

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