Big Papio Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Big Papio Trail is a 18.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Omaha, Nebraska 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.

18.8 miles
580 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



road biking

trail running


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.

road biking
1 month ago

4 stars only because this trail gets a bit sketchy when going under the overpasses, but otherwise it is wonderful! I started at Hefflinger Park (the beginning/end of the trail) and rode to 72nd St, which was 14.6 miles. The trail is rather flat, with small, manageable hills. For a strong rider, this trail would be a piece of cake. I'm a new rider, and I really enjoyed the workout I got on this trail. I highly recommend it. If you can get past riding behind some shopping centers and warehouses closer to the lower numbered streets, you'll have a great ride here!

6 months ago

road biking
8 months ago

It's not very pretty, but still nice trail for biking and walking.

road biking
9 months ago

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.

road biking
10 months ago

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.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

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.

road biking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

road biking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

My dogs go to trail everyday

road biking
Monday, September 01, 2014

mountain biking
Friday, July 04, 2014

Nice breeze and the terrain was not rough. 2nd time on this trail. few sleepy areas but they are all manageable

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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.