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Nice trail. There isn’t any stops directly on the trail so look up places to stop if you need to. Some spots wash out the pea gravel, which they’ve filled certain areas with some bigger rock.

Poorly marked, lots of overgrown parts of the trail. Nice views of the Platte. I picked up a grocery bag full of litter. This trail could definitely use some attention. If it rained heavily it would be too muddy to navigate certain parts. Enjoyable enough if you’re there. Wouldn’t drive out of my way to hike this trail.

I didn’t exactly follow this map, but I really enjoy this park. Not too difficult but you can get a lot of miles! We wandered into the section of the park that I think is mostly used by bikers. Really beautiful in that section but we did end up getting lost because there are a lot of forks and no signs.

Nice trail. Practiced hiked with a 33 lb pack. It’s a bit more difficult the further east you go. The description says it’s a 5.1 mile loop. I’m not sure what loop they are talking about, but it’s a lot more that 5.1 miles. Hiked from car lot and went 2 miles east to all the switchbacks, then returned, totaling 4.1 miles. No way the ‘red’ path is 5.1 miles... lol.

walking
2 months ago

This is a lovely walk on a well-kept, level trail. Trail is good for all age levels, accommodates strollers, and would be a great place for walking dogs. However, keep your dog on a leash and be on the lookout because it is heavily used by bikes. I walked on a Sunday morning at 11 am, and there were many cyclists and a few walkers. I didn’t see anyone running but I think it would be a good trail for that activity. My one complaint (hence three stars) is that when I crossed the bridge over the Platte going south, there were no trail continuation markers. This was very confusing because there are roads and railroad tracks that converge at this point. The trail could use better markings in general because I wasn’t sure if I was walking on private property in several places. I walked the part of the trail by Schramm State Park near Louisville. I will definitely try other parts of this scenic and tranquil trail!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun and fast crushed limestone rail-trail. Start on the UNL campus and this becomes a very nice >50 mile out and back.

trail running
2 months ago

Wonderful trail system in (practically) my backyard! Lots of mosquitoes and ticks right now (July) but worth the annoyance.

trail running
3 months ago

Lincoln has many and great trails throughout the city, for walking, running, and biking, definitely a plus. Well maintained, nice views, and many parks along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

mountain biking
3 months ago

Too many streets to cross from my home to the trail head. That’s why I gave it 3 stars otherwise ok

Gem. Most of the trail is shaded. Almost reminds us of Washington and Colorado. Restrooms at the park.

Very much enjoyed hiking here. The little waterfalls are beautiful and easy to find. There’s a cool scenic overlook as well. I thought the hike was easy, but I stayed on the west side of the park and didn’t go over to the east side. However, planning on returning as there’s supposed to be another scenic overlook on that side of the park. It wasn’t clear on the map how to get over there, but they were able to explain how in the office. Overall enjoyable and scenic hike, seems like it’d be a good place for kids, too! Not too busy if you go on a weekday.

horseback riding
3 months ago

Pretty suburban park. Up there and back. Be sure and lock up truck and trailer.

trail running
3 months ago

This is my favorite trail to run, make sure you wear bug spray, LOTS of mosquitos and ticks(if you beer off trail) When I've brought my dog home he's had a couple ticks even with advantix, so if I go to this trail I usually don't bring my dog. It's a good loop trail about 2.2 miles and you can switch directions and change it up.

These trails were partially formed when Platte River State Park was Camp Harriet Harding for 80 yrs before 1980 when the state joined two parks to make this state park. I camped here in the 1970's and ran the trails for hours on end. These trails are the essence of Nebraska. A true riparian forest, caught between the river and the prairie. Fun trails to hike along. Nice little side trails to explore. Sometimes you will see turkeys in the trees, deer, rabbits, coons, lots of insects.

Not always marked well but lots of wildlife.

Good views, not very busy, and we saw lots of deer!

mountain biking
5 months ago

Road part of this trail for the first time today as a newbie cycler. It was a lot of fun and had some small hills, sharp turns, tree roots, etc that made it an excellent adventure. I can’t wait to get back but first my noodle legs need to recuperate..

I really liked this trail! I wish it was longer. Nice and easy for all ages, My dog was with me and she love it.

road biking
6 months ago

Much longer trail than this map indicates, and a good way to ride from downtown to 88th and Highway 2. Thank you, city government, for repaving along Normal and 70th.

We have hiked these trails year round and always a pleasure to be there. If damp under foot trekking poles can be helpful on slippery steep areas

Went hiking during the winter season. It was a nice trail but it wasn’t marked very well. So kinda made my own path and was cool to see the water frozen and able to walk out to the Platte River. Phone turned off due to the cold so I couldn’t record my whole hike. The observation tower was great to go on but it was, obviously, very cold and windy.

trail running
9 months ago

Nice trails close to where I am in Lincoln.

It's a nice hike with some lovely trees. Saw deer, turkeys, and a flight of pelicans.

hiking
11 months ago

My family and I hiked there and smelled so fresh Mother Nature on muddy trail for 2.5 miles so nice color falls!

hiking
Friday, September 22, 2017

I did what I consider the main loop. This starts from the trailhead near the waterfall, goes North, then East at the northern terminus of this trail. Proceed East to Owen Crossing, East some more to what I consider the main and best biking trails in the park. Those biking trails loop all over the place and ultimately come back to the east/west trail leading back to Owen Crossing. Travel west the way you came in back to the north terminus of the waterfall trail. Keep traveling west. Take any northern (right) trail that continues to move west and keeps the Platte River to your right and (mostly) in sight. Travel west until you run out of trail and are forced to turn South (left). Travel South until you get to the area that they are using as a temporary dump for the construction they are doing. Keep going south until the treeline then turn East (left). The rest of the trail is cake and follows the road back to where you parked. This loop is 6.26 miles. Lots of up and down.
I would rate this as moderate, only because of the up and down nature of the trail, the oppressive Eastern Nebraska humidity, and the terrible marking and signage of this trail. I'm a local and grew up nearby. I've hiked all over here long before these areas were State Parks so I'm intimately familiar with the area. They could get a lot more usage of the trails if they would take the time to properly map them and place markers at the appropriate places so people that are just casual users of the park could not feel intimidated and fear getting lost. There are numerous branching trails off what is already a vague trail (because of a lack of signage). The trails themselves are well established. It's just without clear markers and an accurate map of the area it probably keeps people from exploring more. I'm sure there are lots of city dwellers that come here that feel apprehensive about getting too far back in there because of the fear of getting lost, which would be easy to do if you're directionally challenged and aren't familiar with the area.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

it's a great venue to run jog and hike. vigorous hiking workout.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

We decided to do the big loop. Although no trails were marked and they were manny random trails not even listed on the map we were given. Got lost a few time. Some parts of the trail were completely covered in nettle and hurt to pass. Other parts were so overgrown that we didn't think it was part of the trail (which it ended up being that it was part of the trail) it seems that the only area that is taken care of is the thick trail leading up to the falls.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

The trail was nice, however the first section from the trailhead to the falls was covered in screaming children, totally scaring off all the wildlife and annoying all the people there to actually enjoy nature.

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