Explore the most popular birding trails in Nebraska with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful scenery and just a really nicely maintained trail that almost anyone could walk.

Once we got to the top, the views of the surrounding valleys were amazing!

A fun trail that is well maintained and easy enough for anyone to use. The views along the way are great and very picturesque!

walking
23 hours ago

It's quaint has a nice lake. No tree or ground fluctuations, the path is paved. Nicely place trash and dog waste containers throughout. Dogs are allowed on leashes! Clean up after your pet so they don't ban them! VERY clean park and trail.

Boring and short. Views of the city.

hiking
5 days ago

Pretty trail with great views,lots of elevation changes, wildflowers.

Easy, accessible, cool fossilized burrows.

Nice paved trail, very accessible, easy. The visitor center is also very nice.

I hiked the full loop of around the lake. (7.2 miles)
West side poses more of a challenge due to talker grass. East side of the lake is more geared toward day campers, trails more maintained. Over all Great Lake views and a good day hike .

trail running
14 days ago

Trail has a few length options, shorter loop route is good for hiking, biking and trail running. The longer route has a few steeper sections. If you go past the camp offices, you can find the trail and go off into the woods with many quick ups and downs. Once you get past the flatter river section you end with some switchbacks that take you back up the bluff to the camp. Short but good for trail running training..

I didn’t exactly follow this map, but I really enjoy this park. Not too difficult but you can get a lot of miles! We wandered into the section of the park that I think is mostly used by bikers. Really beautiful in that section but we did end up getting lost because there are a lot of forks and no signs.

We walk here all the time. It’s the best park in Omaha for a long walk. You will however see a lot of people here, so if you are looking for a secluded area you might want to go to a park outside of city limits. That being said we enjoy this park! You see deer, birds, turkeys, hear owls in the evening and there are also tons of mulberry trees in the summer months.

20 days ago

Quiet place. There is no Richardson Nebraska. It is East of Dwight, Nebraska. A small village in the Bohemian Alps, Butler county in Nebraska.

We walk here 4-5 times a week and seen Turkeys, geese, turtles, deer.....

Nice trail. Practiced hiked with a 33 lb pack. It’s a bit more difficult the further east you go. The description says it’s a 5.1 mile loop. I’m not sure what loop they are talking about, but it’s a lot more that 5.1 miles. Hiked from car lot and went 2 miles east to all the switchbacks, then returned, totaling 4.1 miles. No way the ‘red’ path is 5.1 miles... lol.

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!

on Big Papio Trail

trail running
1 month ago

I started in Millard and ran to the beginning of the trail near Hefflinger Park then back to Millard. There was a moderate amount of traffic so I did not feel isolated too much. My only “meh” part is that the bike riders come through very fast and not all of them announce themselves when coming up behind you. So be aware and don’t wear headphones that block out noise around you. Aside from this, the trail is well maintained, marked clearly and easy to access from multiple points. I’m looking forward to running it again.

walking
1 month ago

This is a lovely walk on a well-kept, level trail. Trail is good for all age levels, accommodates strollers, and would be a great place for walking dogs. However, keep your dog on a leash and be on the lookout because it is heavily used by bikes. I walked on a Sunday morning at 11 am, and there were many cyclists and a few walkers. I didn’t see anyone running but I think it would be a good trail for that activity. My one complaint (hence three stars) is that when I crossed the bridge over the Platte going south, there were no trail continuation markers. This was very confusing because there are roads and railroad tracks that converge at this point. The trail could use better markings in general because I wasn’t sure if I was walking on private property in several places. I walked the part of the trail by Schramm State Park near Louisville. I will definitely try other parts of this scenic and tranquil trail!

I enjoyed this hike. The lake is really pretty. Lake trails can be pretty flat and boring, but this trail runs through forest and prairie and had some ups and downs. I appreciated going through different landscapes. I did find, as others said, that while the east side of the trail is well maintained, the west side is pretty overgrown. The trail gets pretty hard to make out. But I just followed the map on here to make sure I was going in the right direction, and that worked pretty well. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BUG SPRAY AND WEAR A HAT. I go hiking a lot and bugs are obviously inevitable, but it was excessive here. Found five ticks on me when I got home, probably from walking through the very tall foliage on the west side of the trail. I think next time I would hike the east side up to highway 36 and just turn around and hike back the same way instead of doing the loop. But I still would recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Didn’t love this trail for hiking...it’s clearly designed more for bikers. The trail has many different intersecting pathways, so I attempted to follow the route recorded on here. However, I ended up running into a creek with no method of crossing it. The trail is really muddy because of all of the rain, so expect to get dirty. It also makes it really slick, especially with the random inclines. The scenery was nothing special. I guess it was okay, but I won’t be going again.

Great, secluded place to hike close to the city. Just don’t forget to douse yourself in bug spray! This hike is listed as easy, but I disagree. Much of the hike is in and out of ravines, which means a good deal of hiking uphill. I went in the late afternoon on a Saturday, and saw deer and turkeys. There were only a few other cars in the lot when I arrived so the trails are not busy. I enjoyed the solitude as I only crossed paths with one other hiker. I would think this might be a difficult hike for toddlers and it is not at all fit for strollers. The trails are decently maintained and I will definitely hike here again!

1 month ago

Was going to do this after I couldn't do the other one. Got ate up by mosquitos and only got .05 into route, called it quits. Also there was a car parked next to me as I was starting on trail and felt very uncomfortable leaving my car, acted like crackheads, so I left for home, no walk for me today. bummer. Don't forget you're insect spray, will definitely need it.

I LOVED DeSoto. What a beautiful nature preserve! The visitor center is amazing, with lots of exhibits and information about the wildlife. The woman at the desk recommended taking a scenic drive around the 12 mile tour road, and then hiking some of the small trails. I did the 1.5 mile loop through the prairie from the visitor center, then hopped in my car and did the driving tour. It was beautiful, with many spots to get out and explore and take pictures. I also hiked the cottonwood/grassland loop, as well as the little extension to the pond. It was a pretty hike, and there was lots of cool info over by the pond. Good mix of prairie, forest, and views of the water. These trails also had the prettiest wildflowers I’ve seen since I started hiking. Overall I highly recommend!

I always enjoy hiking at Neale Woods! The trails were pretty well maintained for the most part, well labeled, and there are maps available at the front entrance. The views of downtown Omaha at the beginning are amazing. Worth coming just to see, even if you don’t hike. But there are also some really pretty trails through the prairie, the woods, and on a hilltop. The hike can be easy or more challenging, depending on what trails you take. The recording on here only has like 2 miles, but I did almost 5 when I went, and I definitely could have done more. There’s got to be at least 8 miles of trails if not more. I like this hike because it’s only a 20 min drive from Omaha, but is completely secluded! Definitely recommend if you’re in the area.

Great place to spend the day! We started at the visitor center hiked a little and kayaked the rest of the day!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun and fast crushed limestone rail-trail. Start on the UNL campus and this becomes a very nice >50 mile out and back.

trail running
1 month ago

Wonderful trail system in (practically) my backyard! Lots of mosquitoes and ticks right now (July) but worth the annoyance.

I run this every once in a while, beautiful for being in the middle of town and easy- good for the whole family. Paved road around a lake, moderate traffic

Our family enjoyed this trail. Paved, with some seating areas along the way that provide some shade. That was nice considering there are no trees on this portion of the plains and the day we did this hike it was 105 degrees. The fossil hill is very interesting to see. Never crowded, and the views of the rolling plains are beautiful. Away from the trail, make sure you go into the visitors center to view the Vault of Native American artifacts that were handed down to people who settled the land. It's an incredible collection

This is a church camp. We did not see public hiking anywhere. If it’s public, it’s not marked well.

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