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MoPac Trail: Springfield to South Bend is a 11.6 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Springfield, Nebraska that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.6 mi Elevation gain 278 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

River

Views

Wild flowers

Bridge out

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NOTE: The Lied Bridge across the Platte River is closed. Please check here for updates: https://www.papionrd.org/lied-bridge-closed-to-all-users/ The MoPac Trail in Springfield, Nebraska is an integral component of what is planned to be a more than 50-mile recreational trail between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska's two largest cities.

A dedicated parking lot for the MoPac Trail can be found where the trail meets Platteview Road. In the south, parking is available at the intersection of State Route 50 and State Route 31 just north of the vehicular bridge over the Platte River.

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Alex Sprague
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Mountain bikingClosed

half of the trail is closed

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Jack Misbach
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Mountain bikingRocky

It is cement for about the 1st mile and then gravel the rest of the way. The only bad thing is the last mile of the trail and the bridge are blocked off and private property so you can’t get in.

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Jillian Steele
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Mountain bikingBridge outClosedWashed out

We're visiting from CO and heard the MoPac trail was great for some trail biking. We started at South Bend since we were coming from the South. There was no signs at the parking lot/trailhead to notify us of the trail closure. The Lied Bridge across the Platte river was closed. Apparently since March 2019. When we went over to the other side the trail was completely washed out until we got up closer to the highway. So disappointed! Doesn't look like any work has been done to try to repair the bridge or trail. Looking forward to someday bike touring the Mopac from Lincoln to Omaha or vice versa but not looking promising with the bridge.

Penny Hayden-North
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Running

Great trail! Peaceful. Mostly shaded. Parked across from soccer field. First 1 1/2 is road and goes through the fairgrounds then crosses over onto crushed gravel and gravel. I have used the trail twice this year and will continue to use it even though it’s a 20 minute trip from my home in Omaha.

Andraya Olander
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Walking

I took my dog for a walk. The trail is completely flat. It's gravel. The first 3 miles have great shade/tree coverage. I can't wait to go back and trail run and bike this one. Parking is a bit tricky, but I just parked across from the park in Springfield and picked up the trail.

James Elliott
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Mountain biking

I started my journey on the MoPac Springfield Trail in Springfield itself. There is a dedicated parking lot to the south of the Springfield Soccer Complex on Platteview Road, just east of 144th Street. I first took the trail north 3.1 miles where it dead-ended at Schram Road. With the exception of about a half mile of paved track near the Soccer Complex, the entire trail is crushed gravel and rock, a fairly easy ride. From the north end, I traveled south to the Platte River (Louisville), then back north again to Springfield, where I parked. I'm excited for the completion of this trail so one can go all the way from Omaha to Lincoln on a single trek. There were nice views on this trail, including rolling fields and a river. The trail doesn't completely go through Springfield, so I just rode on the streets heading south until I met up with it again. One can easily figure it out by looking at a map, or even just guessing.

Katie Hunter
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Nick Putnam
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Road biking
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Alex Sprague
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JP Steenbakkers
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Jordan Gosior
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Alex Sprague
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Chris Pohlman
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Trevor Young
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Craig J.
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Maria Szymanski
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Mary Apper
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Hiking
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Dennis Bostow
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Hiking
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Karen Rudolph
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Road biking
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Darren Christensen
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Charity Abercrombie Salazar
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Running
Carly S.
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Margie McFarland
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