West Papio Trail

Nebraska

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West Papio Trail Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Douglas, Sarpy
Length: 22.9 miles
Trail end points: Keystone Trail, west of S. 36th St. (Bellevue) and N. 162nd Ave. Cir., south of SR 64 (Omaha)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6032194
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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West Papio Trail Description

The West Papio Trail offers nearly 23 miles of paved trail in the western Omaha metro region. The pathway begins just west of S. 36th Street in Bellevue, where it connects with the Keystone Trail, and follows Papillion Creek, which is referred to affectionately by locals as Papio Creek (hence the trail's name). The trail traverses open fields, office parks, residential neighborhoods, and several city parks.

After skirting the campus of Skutt Catholic High School, the trail tunnels under busy 156th Street and W. Center Road. Just south of the school, travel west on a connector trail to reach popular Zorinsky Lake Park. Continuing northward, the trail joins Pacific Street to cross active Union Pacific tracks, but quickly separates from the road again and travels through Pacific Meadows Park. After tunneling under W. Dodge Road and Blondo Street, the trail begins an uphill climb over several blocks.

The West Papio Trail currently ends in an open field adjacent to a residential development south of State Route 64/W. Maple Road. Approaching trail's end, travelers will have the delightful experience of traversing the Bluestem Prairie Preserve, which offers 147 acres of native grasslands and wildflowers.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the southern end of the West Papio Trail can be found in a neighborhood park at the intersection of Cobblestone Road and Wilma Road, at Lawrence Peterson Park off E. 1st Street, or at Papillion City Park off N. Jackson Street.

Parking for the northern end of the trail can be found in Pacific Meadows Park at the intersection of S. 159th Avenue and Pacific Street. Alternatively, park in the small neighborhood lot located at the intersection of N. 163rd Street and Ohio Street.

West Papio Trail Reviews

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.

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.

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.



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

http://www.omahatrails.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=177&Itemid=187

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