West Papio Trail


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West Papio Trail Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Douglas, Sarpy
Length: 23.5 miles
Trail end points: Fort Street (Omaha) and Twin Creek Trailhead, 3601 Raynor Pkwy (Bellevue)
Trail surfaces: Boardwalk, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032194

West Papio Trail Description


The West Papio Trail offers 23.5 miles of paved trail in the western Omaha metro region. The route follows Papillion Creek, which is referred to affectionately by locals as Papio Creek (hence the trail's name). It traverses open fields, office parks, residential neighborhoods, and several city parks. The entire route is constructed along  a wide concrete path.

About the Route

The northernmost endpoint of the trail is located at Fort St. where the trail heads southeast alongside the creek until reaching Maple St. A short gap in the trail exists here, but the route picks back up again just below Maple St. and trail users can pick up the route again along N 162nd Ave. Cir. or in Bridlewood Park.

The trail continues south along the creek bed, weaving through wide open fields as it passes the Bluestream Prairie Preserve and Pacific Meadows Park. As the crosses under US 275, it enters a slightly more developed landscape, where retail options are not far off from the trail. Here, the trail also passes Zorinsky Lake. 

Another small gap in the trail exists between Millard Ave. and Q St. but it is a short gap and can be navigated via. short on-road connections. The trail curves east as it passes Halleck Park and approaches its southern endpoint at the Keystone Trail.


At the trail's northern end, it connects with the Flanagan Lake Trail. Just south of that, the trail connects to the Westin Hills Trail.

In Diamond Head, the trail connects to the Huntington Park Trailway.

Where the trail crosses 144th St., it connects to the 144th Street Trail.

In Papillion, it connects to the Walnut Creek Lake Trail.

At the trail's southern end, it connects to the Keystone Trail.

The West Papio is part of the Paths of Discovery, a series of interconnected trails in the Greater Omaha region, Nebraska. 




Parking and Trail Access

The West Papio trail runs between Fort Street (Omaha) and the Twin Creek Trailhead, 3601 Raynor Pkwy (Bellevue), with parking at the southern endpoint.

Parking is also available at:

  • Bridlewood Park, 16302 Ohio St (Omaha)
  • Anderson Park, 13625 Cottner St (Omaha)
  • Lawrence Peterson Park, 1001 E 1st St (Papillion)

See TrailLink Map for all parking options and detailed directions.

West Papio Trail Reviews

Look forward to extension to Flannagan Lake trail

I love riding the West Papio, both north and south from Zorinsky Lake, where i usually connect. The north end is more scenic with trees. It's a shame the West Papio does not connect yet to Flannagan Lake. I see they are working on the Cleveland Blvd road, so that should be a solution once done.

Beautiful Ride

Smooth and beautiful ride. I took it to Harrison Street before heading back due to weather conditions. I enjoyed the quiet, scenic views with very little traffic noise, a few airplanes and mostly calm peaceful riding amidst the soy beans and the corn fields.

Update - Trail reopened

The section of the West Papio Trail between Dodge and Blondo Streets that was undermined by the creek about 18 months ago reopened in early March 2017.

This description applies to the West Papio North Section

There is another section of the West Papio...West Papio South Section

The second trace of the West Papio begins at 84th Street, ¾ of a mile north of Highway 370 (¼ mile south of Cornhusker Road). This segment of the trail offers wide open vistas of green fields, forest, parks, Eagle Hills Golf Course, the Berry Farm and several office parks.

The trail terminates near the confluence of the Papillion and Big Papillion Creeks and connects to the Keystone Trail, allowing the avid rider, runner or rollerblader an additional 12 miles to Haworth Park.

The view along both sides of the creek varies with the southwestern side favoring dense woods and agricultural plots and the northeastern containing the golf course, the Berry Farm, and homes. The channel of the Papillion Creek widens at this point and is itself a scenic companion until it merges with the Little Papio Creek.

Future links will connect W. Papio trail to the 144th Street segment. Links to Keystone and Halleck Park Trail to Walnut Creek Recreational Area.


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