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.
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.
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.
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.