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This trail is actually longer than what is shown here. It starts in Slater (near the High Trestle Trail) and leaves town going East. There is a short gravel road and paved road section (with bike lane) going to Huxley. Likewise, the trail map shows it stopping at Maxwell, but it continues on to Collins. It goes by a Casey’s store in Huxley and close to a Casey’s in Maxwell. Taken to Collins, it comes to a small park with water and restrooms. You can continue out of Collins on the 310 going East (blacktop) until the road becomes gravel, go a mile and take a left on 730th and you’ll see the trailhead start again. This last section (4 or so miles) is a really neat area that is simply a mowed grass trail... super quiet and tree-lined. Most of this trail is crushed rock. It does have a couple soft / sandy areas, and there can be ruts and wash outs at times. I’ve seen people ride it on road bikes, but most common would be cross or mountain bikes, with slightly wider tires. It’s mostly tree lined, reducing the wind and providing some shade.

As others have noted, the difference between the "main trail" and the "trail loops" is multiple miles and not always clear. I went in the late Fall after the frost so ticks weren't an issue, but the trail is in prairie grass the whole way so I imagine it would be terrible in the summer.

17 days ago

Love the view. Going back there for sure. Pretty easy loop trail even toddlers can do it ;)

It’s a great hike and easy for most the hike. However, the Badger trail , which you have to jump onto at some point, is rated a moderate trail by Hitchcock so if you’re looking for 100% easy, you won’t find it here. There are some good, ass-kicking hills but it’s still a lovely homie overall.

Beautiful views! There are many trails to choose from while your there , grab a map and start exploring the Loess Hills

A really peaceful hike. Must see if you’re in the Omaha area.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail

challenging and scenic. always a strenuous workout for me.

road biking
1 month ago

Very scenic trail. Crushed limestone makes the trail easy on the body. Must-do for bikers is the Taco Ride on Thursday nights.

great. ride

My second-favorite place to hike in the Metro. I've been hiking the trails in here for a decade and there are so many options (different trails, different difficulty levels) that it can feel like you're somewhere different each time. My favorite hike to take Fox Ridge Run all the way to where it ends at a beautiful overlook, then go back, cut across the parking lot and catch Badger Ridge. I then cut down Hidden Valley and take Angel's Dead End back up to Fox Ridge Run. It's a nice little workout. $2.00 entrance fee or $10.00 yearly. $10 will get you a tent site as well!

Best trail I’ve done in the Omaha and beyond area so far

on Walnut Creek Trail

walking
1 month ago

This is one of my neighborhood trails, which is nice because I don’t have to drive to it. I can do a nice 5 mile out and back and see deer, a nice creek, and it’s generally not over-crowded. It is shaded most of the route, with a few less shady spots when it goes near commercial areas.

I used to walk the portion near Greenwood Park, which was also lovely and could be expanded into a walk through Water Works Park.

great ride

great ride have rode several times

Some very steep areas that are great for training and conditioning for long hikes in the mountains. Beautiful autumn colors are already here.

Easy Rail-to-Trail, paved and level. We hiked a section in the middle, going from Valeria to the South Skunk River and back. Quiet, met very few other walkers or bikers. Unfortunately it had rained heavily in recent days and weeks, so there was flooding on both sides of the trail, although the trail was elevated and dry.

Great hiking for Omaha area. Only place around that will actually challenge you a bit, but you have options. You can make it a easy hike and stay flat or add on loops and make it challenging. There are also great primitive camp sites 1-3 miles into the trail. They have table, fire pit and 2 man tent spot. Must reserve.

Heard gunshots in the distance even though it’s a conservation area. Be careful.. Nice and short- some abrupt steep hills.

closed due to earlier flooding.

trail running
2 months ago

Beautiful, fun trail, but due to recent flooding couldn’t stay on the trail - lots of debris. But still enjoyed the area!

walking
3 months ago

Pretty heavily trafficked

road biking
3 months ago

I really love this trail as it is very open to walking as well as biking and offers beautiful scenery along every mile you take.

hiking
3 months ago

Very good clean trail. Great for family hikes.

road biking
3 months ago

Great paved bike trail with parking at the bridge in Water Works Park. When you get into Ashworth Park there is a web of dirt trails for mountain biking and hiking which I would love to explore sometime!

Nice trail, starting point was weird or different, by a corn field, you can park at Creekside Church and walk to the trail. Sunny trail, little shade in spots. I took the routes Iowa School for the Deaf and around the school, which was nice and shady. did 4.26 miles walking, it was really hot.

Easy, simple hike.

One of the closest hiking to Omaha. We come here all the time. There are a lot of short trails here that you can combine to make harder or easier hikes depending on your wishes. They are all well marked too. So, take a map with you (you can grab one at the parking lot) and enjoy! Oh, there is also an overlook at the office to check out.

I just walked this trail yesterday with a friend around 8:30pm it was still light out but we had to walk back in the dark it's scary at dark time can barely see who's walking our way I got to my car around 10:40pm I like looking at the the water and wildlife when I'm walking this trail it's calming

Great trails for hiking with my dog. Beautiful scenery!

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