Homestead Trail

EASY 7 reviews

Homestead Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Beatrice, Nebraska that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
101 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

historic site

no dogs

The park is 4 miles west of Beatrice on State Highway 4. From the U.S. 77 and U.S. 136 intersection in downtown Beatrice take U.S. 136 approximately 1.2 miles west. Turn right onto Nebraska Highway 4 and follow the signs.After the road has curved west and you have traveled 4 miles, you will enter Homestead National Monument and see signs for the different buildings at the park. First you will pass the Heritage Center on the hill to your left. The Education Center is 3/4 miles further, also on your left. In another 1/4 miles you will reach the Freeman School on your right.

trail running
1 month ago

Beatiful prairie run. Short but sweet twilight run. Would love to come again when the center is open. Stopped on my way back to Sioux Falls.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent visitor center, free admission. Trails well groomed and informational. great history. This is a destination hike. It is a must do is to drop down and do Alcove springs about an hour south.

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
Friday, April 08, 2016

This is a nice trail for being in the middle of the Plains. It is on the former property of America's first filed Homesteader, Daniel Freeman. The Trails generally follow tree lines and wooded areas, but also of course, former farm land converted back to prairie. The trails include historical information panels as well as benches. Also historical structures and farm equipment nearby.

hiking
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Correction on the description: Trails are not open to pets, but pets are allowed around the buildings. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset and vary in length from .5 mile - 3 miles and are free and available 365 days a year.