Zorinsky Lake Trail is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Omaha, NE that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The 144th Street boulevard trail begins on the north at Standing Bear lake near Ida Street. It lies on both sides street although the prevalent continuous section will favor the west until its connection with the Mopac trail at the junction of Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 370.
I biked figure 8 around both east and west portions of the lake. The trail, as well as the lake were amazingly beautiful!!! Trails were well marked and easy to follow, just make sure you do not take lefts at any forks, which will lead you to nearby neighborhoods. I came across 7 deer grazing by the west lake trail and there were a swan and ducks at a small lagoon of the east lake. On Wednesday morning the trail had barely any traffic. The secret to enjoying this trail is to avoid it during the Zorinsky stampede in the evenings and weekends.
Nice trail. Kind of scenic. Lots of covered areas. Very busy and crowded. Recent rain made it so that the road had to be crossed instead of using the rain. I would recommend this trail at times when not so busy.
Ran this trail twice and got lost both times. They really need to mark this trail better, too many extensions that can easily lead you to nowhere, not much to ask. Also, too many rude people standing on the trail glued to their phones with dogs on leash while allowing their 4 year olds to ride around unguided. Doesn't help when the trails are somewhat narrow too. I gave this trail 2 stars because, I like the layout of the trail itself, lots of shade.
The Full Moon Paddle on Zorinsky lake is the best kept secret in Omaha! There were many paddlers (in all sorts of floating vessels) on the lake watching sunset and moonrise. People decorated their kayaks with lights like Christmas trees! Zorinsky park closes at 11PM. You have plenty of time to enjoy the moonrise show. I wrapped it up at 10PM as moon was getting higher and smaller. It was awesome! It was fun!
There was a very easy beach-like kayak entry at the North-East corner of the larger pond (east of 168th St) a few feet away from a very well lit parking lot. This is great summer night full moon kayaking spot.
P.S. It was actually a kayaking activity. Not sure why alltrails don't have "flatwater kayaking" option in the "activity" menu.
Love this place!! Some wooded area and the lake is absolutely amazing! Length is perfect as well.
Great trails off the pavement.
I really love this trail and the lake is really nice for Kayaking. What a jewel.
Easy walking trail, high volume which is ok. Family friendly, never a problem. enjoyed seeing Law Enforcement using the trail which provides a nice safety feature.
Nothing special but a good lake
This is a nice park trail, that has 2 distinct parts. The east side is open and has a hill where the damn is, the west side has more shade and is pretty level.
It was great in the winter. Fairly well plowed and not too much traffic for a sunny January Sunday afternoon. Dog liked it too.
Really enjoy this trail, but it is a popular spot in Omaha. If you want a more isolated trail, this isn't the trail for you. Even with the numbers of people there on any given day, I enjoy my time there.
Nice trail. I usually ride this one a few times a week and am never bored with it.
This is a nice walk on paved trails. The real downfall to Zorinksy is the volume of people on it. There tends to be quite a few bikers speeding along the sharp turns making it somewhat unpleasant if you have a dog on a leash. If you want a little distance without getting your shoes muddy, Zorinsky is a good option.
Excellent Trail. Bike/Walking/Jogging trails are maintained very well however needs some pavement work. Bikers watch out for dogs on long leashes and loose kids. Otherwise excellent ride and opportunity for fresh air.
Let me start by saying this: in my mind, this is more of a utility trail and less of a recreation trail. One would ride their bike or walk on the 144th Street trail to get around (instead of driving), not for pleasure. There is a lot of stopping at intersections and hitting the crossing button and waiting for the little white man to appear on the sign across the street. On a positive note, I did like this trail because it connects Zorinsky and Walnut Grove with Chalco Hills. I was able to use the 144th Street trail as a connection so my trek was longer on bike and less in a vehicle. All in all, I know that not all the trails in Omaha can be like the Papio or Keystone that have a dedicated paved route separate from vehicles; I like that the city is making an effort. So I guess all I'm trying to say is that I would use this trail to get from point A to point B, not because I think it's particularly enjoyable or scenic.
I run Zorinski several times a week. It is relatively flat. A few small bumps along the way. It can get very crowded. Especially on the weekend and late afternoon. The bikers can get out if control once in a while. Plenty if shade once you get away from the eastern side. I go for the scenery ;)