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nice trail that goes by some large shallow waterways. full of birds with some small wooden buildings for viewing.

one of my favorite hikes in nebraska. decent elevation gains when trying to prepare for harder hikes abroad. lots of mosquitos in the summer months. i made a video hiking this trail a few years ago to preview it. check it out here https://youtu.be/cWs-EiGKvys

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!

15 days ago

Hello twins ; )

Hiked the loop with my 5 and 3 year old. Great views!

I'm always challenged here be it in fall, winter, summer and spring.

I absolutely love this trail! I'm from South Carolina and I love to run it when I get out this way.

First hike this morning. Invigorating feeling!

My favorite trail at the Monument. Been hiking it for over 50 years. Their has been a lot of changes during that time. In my youth we ran/jogged up and back. Now I choose to walk one way or the other but not both ways the same day.

Good hike. Nice wide trail. Sign at trailhead says no pets.

Nice trail!

trail running
2 months ago

Love the sign at the entrance that says “Bikes Only.” I’ve been running on this trail long before any mountain biker thought about biking there. Got to admit the trails were improved by the bikers but don’t know why they feel the need to exclude pedestrians. Off the soapbox. This is a great place to get out of the wind and traffic. Can get close to 5 miles out of this route if you follow the signs. Good workout with lots of up and down but hills not so steep but tough enough to make you feel like you’re working. Lots of tree roots so watch your step.

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.

In the fall, the terrain was fairly technical, as there were a lot of fallen branches and the roots were covered by leaves. I ran this loop clockwise then counter clockwise. There are a couple very steep hills. The two loops took me about an hour at a 12 min/mile pace and I totalled about 1000 ft of elevation gain. Wasn't buggy at all in October. Will definitely be back!

A little rough in parts from being flooded out but all in all a great ride and worth the ride due to some unexpected scenery..

Easy flat trail! Turkey white tail etc...good to get out of Omaha. !!!!

road biking
3 months ago

Done this as an out and back now 8 times this fall. Best done when wind is not either from the north or south as that makes it a long drag into the wind. Haven't been able to do the full extended trail so far due to the flooding near the river so only managed a 32 mile out and back. Trail gets busy in the city sections at the weekend so this is probably a time to avoid it if biking. The open nature of the trail is fine this time of year as there is not much by way of fallen branches on the trail which could cause punctures.

This is a quiet trail tucked in the middle of the city. I enjoy taking my dog for a run here year round. The trail is great whenever there is rain, sun, or snow because it's mostly covered by trees. The one issue I have is parking your car there will leave you at risk for a break-in. Thieves love the secluded parking lot on the north side. Consider parking where it's more populated.

3 months ago

This is my preferred spot to take a short, leisurely hike. It's almost 3 miles from my car back to my car and it's an easy trail. It's well-marked and beautiful in any season. Stay after to see the fish hatch ponds, feed the geese, let the kids play on the revamped play area, climb the natural rock wall, grill or picnic, and visit the old stone stairs. If it's the weekend, you can even get inside the museum. Conveniently located across from the Platte River!

I disagree about the trail being easy as well. There are a lot more trails in here than the 2.7 mile loop mentioned. I've been hiking Neale Woods for over a decade and it remains one of my favorite spots. It's quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. There are numerous trails ranging from easy to difficult. You can get a trail map (of which there have been changes over the past year) by following this link: http://fontenelle.flywheelsites.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NWTrailMap.pdf

3 months ago

Nice view of downtown Omaha. Good picture spot at Nebraska and Iowa state line on the bridge

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.

My husband and I enjoyed this trail and ended up walking on UNO campus to the rose garden and memorial. The memorial is beautiful and well cared for. I look forward to taking my mother here.

3 months ago

Not bad for Nebraska. Some decent inclines, decent views of the river, and trail is in good condition. Take bug spray!

Nice trail. There isn’t any stops directly on the trail so look up places to stop if you need to. Some spots wash out the pea gravel, which they’ve filled certain areas with some bigger rock.

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

4 months ago

Nice easy walk. Good view of downtown Omaha from the Iowa side. The sculpture honoring labor is worth a view.

4 months ago

The bridge from end to end is 0.9K. Nice views and there are often concerts and festivals held on either side.

4 months ago

The description on the State park map doesn't match some of the trails. We hiked the trail 5 and 5a portion of the Hardwood trail. Lots of up and down action but the trail is very eroded from equestrian use and not well marked. I would not recommend hiking this trail in wet weather since there is no gravel and the soil can be very slippery.

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!

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