Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Hackberry, Hawthorn, Chickadee, Hickory and Ridge Trail Loop

moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(135)
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

Hackberry, Hawthorn, Chickadee, Hickory and Ridge Trail Loop is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bellevue, Nebraska that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.2 mi Elevation gain 374 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

Description
Waypoints (4)

As of August 26, 2019, users have reported that parts of the oak trail and handsome hollow trail are closed due to the flood damage. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Walking the trails is an experience unlike any other in the Omaha metro area. Fontenelle Nature Association owns and manages 2,000 acres of conservation land and 26 miles of marked trails within Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue and Neale Woods in Omaha.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (135)
Photos (101)
Recordings (144)
Completed (212)
Valemary Kox
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 01 2020
Hiking

just recently started hiking and love the trails here. they a good for beginners. I like the canapy of trees and the scenery. I just wish they would be pet friendly. my pup would live to come here with me.

Heather Larson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Apr 20 2020
Hiking

I've hiked every trail in Fontanelle, so I'm not going to review each one, but it remains a great place within the city to escape the city. There are numerous miles of trails to explore and the boardwalk is fun. Great place for kids.

Ken Ackerman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Apr 18 2020

No more flooding problems. This spring many Turkey's and much harder to see deer throughout the trails. Well worth the annual fee. Nature's gym.

Travis Lizar
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Apr 11 2020
Hiking

Good size trail. There’s what a lot more than I hiked...I’d say twice the size. Great scenery, with a difficulty level of moderate.

View Travis's Recording
Megan Kolarik
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFri Nov 08 2019
Hiking

Not

View Megan's Recording
Shawn Cavanaugh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFri Aug 23 2019
HikingBugsClosed

Parts of the oak trail and handsome hollow trail are closed still due to the flood damage. Still, a good walk with not many people out.

Rafael Gonzalez
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Aug 17 2019
Hiking

Great trails, a must.

View Rafael's Recording
Abdul Mackie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 06 2019
Hiking

Usually I'm out hiking at Fontenelle during the winter (day and night), late fall and early spring, basically when there is no vegetation. Today was the first summer hike and green green green everywhere.

Harrison Netz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 09 2019
Hiking

Fantastic trails. Feel like you're no where near the city. Will definitely be back!

View Harrison's Recording
Fr. Jeff Lorig
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue Apr 02 2019
HikingMuddy

Good hike. Not quite 2.2 miles, but close enough. Nice that it is so close to the urban area, but tucked away from it all.

View Fr. Jeff's Recording
Anna Keenan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Mar 18 2019
Hiking

Very muddy spring hike, but enjoyable even though several trails have been closed due to extensive flooding. Saw a great-horned owl and lots of returning spring migrants!

View Anna's Recording
John Thomas
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Jan 05 2019

cost $11 per adult and no running not a place for trail running.

Alicia Tindall
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jan 05 2019
HikingMuddy

If you want to walk more than a mile - it is not paved. I went in early January and it was very muddy. There were quite a few elevation changes and the scenery was beautiful. However, there is a fee to hike.

Abdul Mackie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Dec 08 2018
Hiking

Perfect!

Gail Rankin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Oct 27 2018
Hiking

Very nice and well kept up. We’ll come back again.

Sydnie McNeal
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jul 02 2018
Hiking

I absolutely loved Fontenelle Forest! The trails are clearly labeled, and you can find a map online or get one at the visitor center. The forest is beautiful, and there’s also a prairie area with a lake if you’re willing to hike pretty far! As someone who typically hikes 5+ miles, I appreciated that there was 10 miles of trails available. The biggest drawback is the $9.50 admission price :( Overall, a great hike. There is a lot of up and down—I would call it moderate. Highly recommend!

Robert Ordway
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Mar 19 2018
Hiking

I use this trail often since I live near here. nice and secluded with hiking options for everyone. kids play place, many good views of the Missouri river.

Kalie Olberding
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Mar 08 2018
Hiking

A very beautiful area. Its nice to go to Fontenelle Forest to get away from all the busy Omaha city life. This trail is fun for the whole family. My grandma (75 years old) and I walk this trail frequently to get outside and enjoy nature.

Amy Berger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Mar 07 2018
Walking

Loved it, but wish I could bring my dog

Karrie Malone
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Aug 22 2017
Hiking

If you start at the nature center you can take a leisurely stroll for a mile or two. If you go further back into the forest I'd say it was a moderate hike. Lots of elevation changes and plenty of different trails to go on. I went in about 6 miles and turned around. I found it difficult to follow the signs to get out of the area close to the nature center but once I got out of that loop it was easy to follow the signs out and back.

Tim Ronan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Aug 19 2017
Hiking

Nice weekend hike with my daughter. Great for a beginner hiker. Did the hills for a moderate challenge.

Corey Dean H.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarWed Aug 16 2017
Suzanne Gorhau
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Mar 16 2017

Love this place. Lots of well marked trails. Easy ones and more difficult ones. I'm happy to pay my yearly membership fee to help fund all the work they do.

Candy Wang
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Nov 01 2016
Hiking

Met some dears on my road, amazing!

Erik Frey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Sep 13 2016

Its the best hiking in the omaha area in my opinion. You can see decent wildlife too; I've seen Beavers on Stram trail and Bald Eagles near hidden lake. Dont go after it rains, thick mosquitos; moreso than other local trails

Jessica Pierce
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Aug 18 2016

yes it costs money but i ended up getting the year membership. Just moved to omaha and tried several trails and this one is by far the best. They have a dozen trails that range from dirt, wood chip, to a very easy boardwalk that includes an area for kids as well. Very good scenery, quiet with lots of flowers/trees and overlooks the missouri river in several spots, i even came across a deer (doe) with two fawns eating grass right along the trail which was very neat. Will be returning and would highly recommend, you get your moneys worth, $10 a day but like I said I just got the year pass for $45 since they are open all year and i like the multiple trail options in one place

jason W
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 04 2016
Hiking

Kind of pricey at 9.50 a person. no pets

Joseph Mayer
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon May 23 2016

Not pet friendly at all. Will not allow your four legged children to hike with you.

Thu Tran
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Mar 06 2016
Hiking

Love the variety of hills and flat land. Extra challenging in the winter with ice and snow.

Showing results 1 - 29 of 135