Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

walking
3 days ago

So happy to have this trail so close to home! I walk almost everyday with my dog.

road biking
9 days 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.

With the addition of Flanagan Lake Park this multipurpose trail is tops in Omaha; especially with the hopes for more tree plantings for shade around the lake

on Big Papio Trail

trail running
3 months 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.

trail running
3 months ago

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

Gem. Most of the trail is shaded. Almost reminds us of Washington and Colorado. Restrooms at the park.

horseback riding
4 months ago

Pretty suburban park. Up there and back. Be sure and lock up truck and trailer.

trail running
4 months ago

This is my favorite trail to run, make sure you wear bug spray, LOTS of mosquitos and ticks(if you beer off trail) When I've brought my dog home he's had a couple ticks even with advantix, so if I go to this trail I usually don't bring my dog. It's a good loop trail about 2.2 miles and you can switch directions and change it up.

picked a cold day to ride and somehow missed the south end of the trail. not well marked at south end or I was just too tired to see it! beautiful trail. didn't see a human for over 2 hours

mountain biking
6 months ago

Road part of this trail for the first time today as a newbie cycler. It was a lot of fun and had some small hills, sharp turns, tree roots, etc that made it an excellent adventure. I can’t wait to get back but first my noodle legs need to recuperate..

hiking
6 months ago

I think we picked a bad time to go as everything has recently been burned so the scenery was black and uneventful. The Indian Cave trail says “Dogs on Leash” however once hiking through a bunch of bullllshit because the markers and directions are a little confusing you finally get to it and it says “No Pets”. When you put in the trail in AllTrails it takes you to Trailhead 9, I believe. You hiked a bunch of wooded area until you come to the top where there is a campground sight and field. We took trail 11 because that’s where everyone said the cave started at. PLEASE BE CAREFUL, when I read all the stuff that Trail 11 was a “death trap” I scoffed it off. It is a very steep, very small and not well maintained trail down a cliff side. At some points if you were to fall it would be close to deathly. We hiked after a rain so add this trail plus mud with some grip for your feet is was miserable. At one point we were on our asses scooting down. You get to the end of it and the cave is nowhere to be found. Let alone no signs. However it says it starts at trailhead 11. Low and behold you have to walk down the road along the river about a football field and there it is, the big beautiful red staircase which said “No Pets”. All in all, was not worth the 4 hour drive. If it was closer it definitely is worth it. The park is giant and when everything turns green it will be beautiful. Plus, you can’t beat spending 5 hours outdoors and not seeing a single soul. Just you, the dogs and nature.

I really liked this trail! I wish it was longer. Nice and easy for all ages, My dog was with me and she love it.

We enjoyed backpacking here. Lots of up and down hills. It was muddy but the views were worth it.

trail running
10 months ago

Nice trails close to where I am in Lincoln.

hiking
11 months ago

We just hiked trails 9 and 10 today. It was a beautiful day and the trails were well maintained and marked. I think we had the most fun on trail 10 and it provided some great views of the park and the Missouri river basin for as far as the eye could see. Also, there are some great campsites tucked back in on the trail. We are definitely going to come back for a hike and overnight camp out there as soon as possible!

hiking
11 months ago

Trails are reasonably challenging and pretty well-kept, but not well marked. Asked for a map at the park entrance and was provided with a list (no map). The roadside maps are only vaguely accurate (e.g. there's a trail somewhere around here, good luck!).

I went in late summer and bugs were a problem, but this is to be expected in Nebraska.

By far the biggest disappointment was the "cave" itself. It's not really a cave, as it's only a few feet deep. The Indian carvings are laughable, as the walls of the cliff have not been even remotely protected from vandals over the decades.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked up 8 then down 7. Definitely a steep hike up 8, but it was dry and early November so no bugs. Gorgeous view from the top totally recommend it!! Will do it again with better planning. Phone service was spotty so plan for that also.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

wonderful trial with my family. a bit steep in some areas.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

Began at Trail 9 and finished with Trail 11 and then hiked back along the River Road... made for a nice loop. Trail 9 was a good start as it has a long ascent up to the ridge, not too steep. Ending with Trail 11 was nice as we got to descend its steep steep trail. Trail generally well maintained but watch out for the stinging nettles hanging into the tight trail on 11.

trail running
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

*Reviewed in Summer*
Easy trail run but needs some upkeep. Lots of nice picture spots but again, this trail needs some work. It has heavy foliage for those who don't like the sun when running. Very little traffic and majority have been runners.

hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

on Indian Cave Trail

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

multiple trail levels, lots of options. beautiful sceneries.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Great trails, forestry, off trails and scenery! But I always worry that I won't find my way back to my car, but that just makes it more of an adventure :-)

walking
Friday, May 12, 2017

Not my favorite as a trail to walk my dog on. A number of the cyclists seem to act like they "own" the trail. Rarely did anyone announce themselves if they were coming up behind me to pass, and a couple of times side-by-side riders pretty much took up most of the path so I had to go to the edge and have my dog walk in the grass.

road biking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

4 stars only because this trail gets a bit sketchy when going under the overpasses, but otherwise it is wonderful! I started at Hefflinger Park (the beginning/end of the trail) and rode to 72nd St, which was 14.6 miles. The trail is rather flat, with small, manageable hills. For a strong rider, this trail would be a piece of cake. I'm a new rider, and I really enjoyed the workout I got on this trail. I highly recommend it. If you can get past riding behind some shopping centers and warehouses closer to the lower numbered streets, you'll have a great ride here!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

the waldo trekking fellowship spent the weekend in these bluffs. great time at the clean back woods sites...pack in-pack out rule has been observed, mostly. hammock and tent friendly.

hills provided some challenge. 20 minutes unlaiden for water run.

be aware of ticks. and beauty. TRISH seems to think she is important enough to epitaph herself umongst the petroglyphs. WTF?

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

We enjoyed our first hike here and plan on coming back until we have hiked all the trails. After our hike we the kids loved seeing the horse's, the view and skipping rocks. a great FAMILY DAY!

backpacking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My first time backpacking - it was great. The trails we did (trailheads 3, 2, and 7) were perfect for us - not too difficult but hard enough for an out-of-shape beginner to get a lot of enjoyment out of the whole experience. The storm that hit us overnight made the trails a tad more difficult to traverse and I loved it. Certainly will be making more trips here.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great little hike. This was the busiest trail in that area, lots of families. Decent inclines and descents and beautiful views of the Mo River.

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