Standing Bear Lake Park

EASY 39 reviews

Standing Bear Lake Park is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Omaha, Nebraska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
216 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

paddle sports

road biking

trail running

walking

lake

Standing Bear Lake, NE, located in northwest Omaha, is named for the Ponca leader Chief Standing Bear, and is operated by the City of Omaha. The day use only facility offers picnicking, no-wake boating, hiking and bicycling trails, nature study opportunities and fishing.

walking
19 days ago

Standing Bear is one of my fav places in Omaha. I lived and worked close to this park for over 13 years and it’s a great place to go for a nice after work walk or run. I’ve never been where it’s been too crowded (such as Zorinsky) but it will get busier. The views are gorgeous, most people are friendly (a few bikers don’t announce their presence but most do). I’ve seen a great amount of deer, birds, snakes, flowers, and squirrels. Parts of the trail is open while others feel like you’re walking through a forest. My biggest issue is the section along 144th street. It is not paved and doesn’t feel very safe. I have walked it but usually turn around at that point. Also a nice park for picnics.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail isn’t really a hike as it’s paved the whole way and pretty flat, but it was a gorgeous walk! The lake is gorgeous and so is the surrounding scenery. It is a good place to go for a relaxing and scenic walk. I was impressed with how secluded you feel right in the middle of town. I took off a star because the trail isn’t actually a loop—you have to walk on the side of 144th St, where there’s no sidewalk. They definitely need to add a sidewalk or find another way to make the trail a full loop. Otherwise, I enjoyed it!

2 months ago

Very well maintained trail. Beautiful lake and surroundings. Unfortunately I didn’t read reviews before walking the entire lake. Very dangerous attempting to walk along 144th street. City really should consider putting a sidewalk there (only reason for low rating).

hiking
6 months ago

walking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This is a pretty and well-maintained paved trail. It is an easy trail as well. Walking along the trail doesn't feel like hiking but it is a nice walk. The trail was busy when I went but the other walkers and bike riders were very friendly and courteous.

road biking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

This trail is great. However, it's not a loop trail. You have to turn around at each end unless you want to make it a loop by biking on 144th, where there is no sidewalk. I parked, bikes to the end of the trail, turned around at 144th, and bikes back to my car. There is access to neighborhoods if you want to add distance and make your own route. This path is paved. It had inclines that are challenging for a beginner biker, but doable.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Great run and beautiful lake

hiking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A nice paved path, some going through the woods and some around the lake. I didn't like that you had to walk on the road for a good distance to be able to complete the loop. It was a narrow shoulder and cars were going pretty fast. Next time I would choose one half to do and just go out and back.

road biking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Nice ride. Pretty short, but scenic. The only bad part is the stretch along 144th. I turn around and enjoy the trail in reverse rather than ride the road. Sometimes it gets a little tight due to growth of trees hanging over the trail fairly low.

walking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Beautiful well maintained trail. There was a part where you had to walk on the side of a busy road with no paved trail.

road biking
Friday, August 05, 2016

love the scenic views

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

tons of trails. some paved some just stomped down grass. beware of ticks- bring spray. water was decently clear-saw fish. weather was perfect and there are a lot of trees over hanging on 98% of paved paths. our dog uncovered 100+ trails and counting. walked 10+ miles and still did not cover all that could be covered. The man maid paths were a challenge but paved trails are super easy. also lots of cool things to see, like whispering poles and a rebar buffalo!

walking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

The trail is well maintained, but it isn't a loop. I did try walking the bit that runs along the highway on the west side of the lake, but there isn't much of a shoulder. Thus you have to walk through the long grass when there is traffic. Despite the fact that this isn't on a loop, I do like that the trail is well maintained and even when busy, people are courtesy and remember the rules of the trail.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Nice lake to bike. However there is section of the trail that ends at a highway and your have to walk or bike on the side of the road. Kinda dangerous

road biking
Saturday, May 18, 2013

Standing Bear Lake has a well-maintained trail that circles most of the lake, but not the entire thing; the trail is not a loop. In order to do the entire trail, you'd most likely end up doing it twice (there and back). I started at the parking lot on the north side and went west to the end (into a neighborhood), turned around and biked the whole trail, then back again to my car. It seems like a fairly popular location, but mostly for fishing and perhaps boating, although there were plenty of walkers, bikers, and dog-walkers.

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