Fort Atkinson State Historical Park trail

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Fort Atkinson State Historical Park trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.1 miles
16 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running


cross country skiing


wild flowers



Fort Atkinson was the first United States Army post to be established west of the Missouri River in the unorganized region of the Louisiana Purchase of the United States. Located just east of present-day Fort Calhoun, Nebraska, the fort was erected in 1819 and abandoned in 1827. The site is now known as Fort Atkinson State Historical Park and is a National Historic Landmark. A replica fort was constructed by the state at the site during the 1980s–1990s. The park has a walking and hiking trail, parking, picnic tables and a visitor center. Park hrs. 8 am - 5 pm.

4 months ago

I visited this historic site many years ago while working in Omaha. Very well maintained. Nice visitor cen dter. A must do if into history.

road biking
11 months ago

A beautiful and short trail. I started at the historical marker biking trail head in Fort Calhoun. The trail goes by a ball park through the woods. There is a nice bridge over a stream. Out of the woods and into Fort Atkinson doesn't really matter which way you go you will end up on one of the 2 parking lots. From the parking lots you can get on the gravel service roads, which eventually will turn into wide mowed grass paths. If you have mountain bike you'll be fine. It is worth it to take a walk at the fort. I saw a hiking trail that goes down hill into the woods. Looped around the fort and went back where I started. Enjoyed reconstructed buildings and huts. It is a very pretty and well maintained place. Definitely will go back for a walk/hike!