Big Papio Trail is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Omaha, NE that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
This is one of several trails that follow the various tributaries of the Papillion Creek. It currently begins in the middle of a field at Hefflinger Park just south of W. Maple Rd. The trail varies from the east to the west side of the creek as it traverses to the southeast approximately 10 miles to its connection with the Keystone trail. The trail passes through or near a total of six parks and varies from scenic settings to wide open areas as it winds its way to its terminus in Seymour Smith Park.
It's not very pretty, but still nice trail for biking and walking.
Really excellent trail well marked with location pointers. Smooth surface for running and riding links well with the Keystone Trail for onward tours around Omaha. I recommend linking riding the trail with Elmwood Park and the University of Nebraska campus. I also liked the city bus markings on the trail to alert you to where to access Omaha Transit along the way.
Nice wide open trail. Easy ride to get some distance in. Can be a little busy and a little tight when using bridges, but visibility is good enough to avoid issues.
Great paved trail, good for walking, running, and biking. Not very much to look at as far as scenery. There is a very tiny little wooded area near Towl Park just past the baseball field and very cool looking bridge. Watch out for the bikers though, they come up on you pretty fast.
My dogs go to trail everyday
Nice breeze and the terrain was not rough. 2nd time on this trail. few sleepy areas but they are all manageable
The paved path follows the Papio Creek and goes by several parks, neighborhoods, and shopping areas. One can access it from a variety of places, including the bus system. I enjoyed this trail and have biked a couple of trails in the area. Will do it again.
-----UPDATE-----This summer, 2013, there is a spot of construction on the trail where it crosses Pacific Street. You can easily get around it with a short jog by Cancer Survivors Park on 105th and Pacific.