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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. Crossing under Giles Road, the trail continues along a former railroad corridor - a segment constructed in 2018 to help connect communities in Omaha, Bellevue, and La Vista. The trail is interrupted at Q Street, but sidewalks provide access to where the trail picks up again on Millard Avenue, continuing along the side of the creek.
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 halts in an open field adjacent to a residential development south of State Route 64/W. Maple Road; just a bit before the end, travelers will have the delightful experience of traversing the Bluestem Prairie Preserve, which offers 147 acres of native grasslands and wildflowers. A disconnected section of the trail continues to the north off of Maple Street, heading through Quail Run Park and up to Fort Street, where just to the north the city's gorgeous Flanagan Lake Park is located. The park offers numerous recreational activities, including the five-mile Flanagan Lake Trail that loops around the scenic man-made reservoir.
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.
Additional parking is available at trailheads located along the trail, located at the intersection of Q Street and Harry Andersen Avenue, and another located on Harry Andersen Avenue just north of Giles Road. The northern section of trail also has a trailhead with parking located at N 168th Street and Ames Avenue.
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