Walnut Creek Lake Trail West

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Walnut Creek Lake Trail West is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Papillion, 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.

3.3 miles
160 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

road biking

trail running


bird watching





Walnut Creek Lake is part of the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District, and is a worthwhile location for a walk, a bike ride, fishing, RV camping, or a picnic. Walnut Creek Lake Trail is three miles long, about ten feet wide, concrete surface, and nice and smooth! Signs advise hikers that is about a one hour walk. The trail has a few steeper slopes in some areas.

Easy trail, very little shade and very few wind blocks.

1 month ago

The trail has easy parking and 2 lots. One lot is next to a small playground and the other close to the pier and outdoor bathroom. The entire trail is paved and stroller friendly.

4 months ago

Headed out for a chilly jog with Team RWB Omaha! A nice paved path, plenty wide for opposing traffic. About 3.3 miles around. Very little elevation. The views are pleasant - overlooking Walnut Creek Lake, waterfowl resting en route to a warmer, more southern home. The southern reservoir was frozen and locals were ice fishing... waving as we jogged past. The recreation is in a low-lying area between suburban neighborhoods, with paths connecting it to Papillion-LaVista South High School, and SumTur Amphitheater. Plenty of parking!

bird watching
6 months ago

A very nice and well kept paved path. 3 miles around the whole thing. Birding wise it's good for field birds and sparrows in the fall/winter. Some migrants through the spring. I've had over 150 species there.

7 months ago

I’ve been on this trail 3 times so far. It circles the lake and is very peaceful. It’s pretty well maintained throughout all seasons. There was a bit of ice last year in winter months. I love that it is a perfect 5k loop. This is my go to trail this far.

8 months ago

Walked with my hubby this morning, beautiful trail I would suggest signs for distance and side trails.

10 months ago

I have been walking this trail for many years. It is a concrete trail that is very well maintained. It is beautiful in the evenings and is often quite busy. There is not a lot of shade but the trees and vegetation have grown in nicely over the years. Water fowl is frequently seen here and I saw a mink the other day. There are two parking lots for access. This is a family-friendly lake, accommodating strollers and wheelchairs. It is a long walk around for a small child but it’s an easy walk with only slight elevation changes. One of the best things about this lake is that except for a handful of houses, housing is not close to the water. This is a very safe location and moonlight walks are highly encouraged!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The loop is great, and the off leash area close by is the best by far in the area

Friday, March 02, 2018

Loved this trail, only bad side is they have trails going to places that end, like up to the pavilion on the hill, you have to back track down to meet the main trail, some signs that says where it goes and if it dead ends and you need to turn around (did have horse trail you could print use, but not if it's wet/muddy). Great for walking, running, jogging, bicycling. Has other trails you can explore, when it's not wet or muddy. Playground area, boat dock.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Great local walk. The ice is frozen over now with ice fishers in their huts out in the center of the lake. Deer tracks on the ice and in the snow.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A walk in the park. Easy 3.3 mike paved route. There are a number of off ramps that allow people to get off the beaten path and experience some mild terrain as well. A decent mountain bike trail as well. Take your family and the dog, this hike is made for everyone.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

We live really close to here and it has become our default walk, ride and run for when its a nice day and we just want to get outside. Its mostly flat, with one small hill and is paved the whole way around. There's always plenty of people of all ages out fishing in the lake, and sometimes they even catch something!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

been going here since I was a teenager. I have a dog I like to bring with me and my 11 month old son has been enjoying it too since he was 6months old. I do have to say keep your eye out for people that don't have their dogs on a leash and people that don't restrain their dogs when you are trying to run/jog. Make sure to bring water. And my only complaint that I know is natural is the goose poop alllll over the trail in the best part in my opinion of the trail.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The walk is peaceful and even more so kayaking on the water! Something beautiful to see in every season. Great for kayaking, walking, photography and much more!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Concrete trail. One hour loop. Markers at every tenth mile. Good lake view for most of trail. Covered areas for a picnic. Number of fishing piers. Mostly flat.

mountain biking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

easy trail to do for a beginner. Some parts of the easy trail need to be de weeded.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Good park but lots of people constantly bit of you stay off the main paved path and follow to hike,bike, and horse trails it is much more interesting and quiet. My dogs love it.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Walnut Creek has a 5.0 mile mountain bike/hiking trail. It is maintained by THOR. Most of the trail is beginner friendly but has more challenging trail features incorporated. To access, park in main lot off 96th street and ride to east of lot and there is kiosk and trail map there.

trail running
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Good trail, but definitely populated.

trail running
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Good dirt trails

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Great trail! The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that it's always crowded. People are always out there grilling or walking around the park. If it was a little less busy I would give it 5 stars for sure.

trail running
Friday, June 03, 2016

In addition to the paved path which incircles the lake, there are mountain biking trails that i like to run.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Great walking paths, all we walked were concrete paths like sidewalks. Has some elevation changes which can work the legs.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Decent loop. Reminds me when I had to run the mile in PE class at Papio south.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Great loop trail for walkers. Not much shade on sunny days, so be prepared. Trails are paved and well used.

road biking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Small loop around a lake. They have nice little garden and an island you can hangout on

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I biked this trail on a Wednesday morning; the traffic was fairly light. It is 3.2 miles around the loop, so I did it a couple of times. There is plenty of parking and the trail is well maintained. The path has several benches and nice views of the lake. You won't find trash cans here as it is a "Bring it in, take it out" park, but there are bathrooms. The park would be good for picnics and I saw several people fishing as well. In general, a nice place to visit.

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