144th Street Trail


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144th Street Trail Facts

States: Nebraska
Counties: Douglas
Length: 8.5 miles
Trail end points: Standing Bear Lake and Chalco Hills Recreation Area Interstate 80 & 144th Street
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 9274998

144th Street Trail Description

This trail is an 8-mile long winding pathway stretching from north to south along 144th Street (State Route 50). It is an important route for both recreation and transportation, providing safe connections to schools, businesses and residential neighborhoods. It also connects residents of these western Omaha neighborhoods to valuable open spaces, like Standing Bear Lake, with its own walking and biking loop; and the Wehrspann Lake and Chalco Hills Recreation Area, with an additional 6 miles of multipurpose pathway, aside from other recreation opportunities like fishing, picnicking and flying radio-controlled airplanes.

For those seeking a challenge, the 144th Street trail provides it through its topography. The trail follows the grade of the roadway, including all its demanding lifts and dips. While there is greenery all around, much of the trail is not shaded so users should be dress appropriately and stay hydrated, especially in the sunny summer months.

Parking and Trail Access

There are trailheads with parking at Standing Bear Lake (6404 North 132nd Street); Millard North High School (144th and Pacific Streets) and Wehrspann Lake and Chalco Hills Recreation Area (154th and Giles Road). Parking along the west side of Standing Bear Recreation area is convenient if starting at the north end; Parking along the north or west side of Chalco Hills Recreation Area would be suggested if starting at the south end. Water fountains and restrooms are available at both of these parks.

Additional parking can be found at any of the commercial areas along the trail.

144th Street Trail Reviews

meh…frequent rider, wouldn’t go out of my way for it though

It’s just riding a bike through a city. And not even a scenic, aesthetically pleasing city. Just a bunch of fast food restaurants, neighborhood developments, some schools, strip malls and lakes on each end. If that’s your thing, then ride the whole trail. Personally, I will ride parts of it frequently because it’s convenient and close to home. But it’s not a great trail, more just a bike path along a major road.

Too many major streets to cross

This is not my idea of a fun bike trail. Lots of street traffic. You have to cross just about every major east-west street in Omaha.

Beg to Med skill

Depending upon the portion of this you ride it can be beginner to medium. Pacific to Blondo is fairly flat, but there is the high traffic area of Dodge to cross. Blondo to Fort has some hills which will be better for intermediate riders. Around Standing Bear is mostly flat ride, but windy roads with lots of trees around reduce the visibility and make it more complicated for beginners

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