Big Papio Trail is a 18.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Omaha, Nebraska that features a river 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.

Distance: 18.7 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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.

mountain biking
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hiking
9 months ago

It’s not the prettiest trail because you ride through parts of Omaha but it’s flat for the most part and not a ton of traffic. I will definitely do it again

running
Mon Jul 09 2018

I started in Millard and ran to the beginning of the trail near Hefflinger Park then back to Millard. There was a moderate amount of traffic so I did not feel isolated too much. My only “meh” part is that the bike riders come through very fast and not all of them announce themselves when coming up behind you. So be aware and don’t wear headphones that block out noise around you. Aside from this, the trail is well maintained, marked clearly and easy to access from multiple points. I’m looking forward to running it again.

road biking
Wed May 10 2017

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!

road biking
Sun Sep 11 2016

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
Wed Aug 10 2016

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.

walking
Sat Apr 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
Sun Jun 28 2015

My dogs go to trail everyday

mountain biking
Fri Jul 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
Wed Aug 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.

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