Explore the most popular fishing 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.

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.

Stretch along N. 144 has lots of road debris and not very safe due to being so close to the road. Other than that, nice trail if you want a paved trail.

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.

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

walking
2 months ago

Tried it for the first time today. Very nice with just the right amount of ups and downs for beginners. We will do this again!

hiking
2 months ago

If you are in the area Smith Falls is an absolute must see. On a road trip through the area? Stretch your legs and spend some time here. In recent years this area has become a destination for those who like lazy river activities and beautiful lush green camping. And for good reason. This is a gem of a find in a very unexpected location. That being said, the waterfall by itself is not something to drive across Nebraska for.

2 months ago

Easy, accessible, and the tallest waterfall in Nebraska! Good job Game and Parks!

Very nice ride

road biking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Excellent, well-maintained trail in a scenic environment. There is a lot of variety here, with ups and downs, lots of trees and vegetation, plenty of open spaces and of course, the beautiful lake. This is a long walk that may be difficult for toddlers and I know my small dogs would never be able to make it the whole way around. The path is large enough that it is definitely wheelchair accessible. I went on a Friday morning at 10:30 am, so I did not experience a lot of traffic on the path. The bicyclists I encountered did a great job of announcing themselves. I will definitely do this again. It feels so secluded despite the fact that it is so close to the city.

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.

3 months 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.

Standing Bear is one of my fav places in Omaha. I lived and worked close to this park for over 13 years and it’s a great place to go for a nice after work walk or run. I’ve never been where it’s been too crowded (such as Zorinsky) but it will get busier. The views are gorgeous, most people are friendly (a few bikers don’t announce their presence but most do). I’ve seen a great amount of deer, birds, snakes, flowers, and squirrels. Parts of the trail is open while others feel like you’re walking through a forest. My biggest issue is the section along 144th street. It is not paved and doesn’t feel very safe. I have walked it but usually turn around at that point. Also a nice park for picnics.

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

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!

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!

hiking
4 months ago

I was surprised by Chalco! There was a lot of nature and wildlife for it to be in the middle of town. But the lake is really beautiful, and the surrounding prairie and wooded areas were pretty as well. It is not much of a hike, more like a walk, as it was mostly flat and paved, but there are little grass trail offshoots that were fun. I also liked that it was almost 7 miles, since I like to hike/walk more than 5
miles a day. It wasn’t crowded when I went, as others have complained in reviews. Would definitely recommend for a relaxing walk with a great view.

This trail isn’t really a hike as it’s paved the whole way and pretty flat, but it was a gorgeous walk! The lake is gorgeous and so is the surrounding scenery. It is a good place to go for a relaxing and scenic walk. I was impressed with how secluded you feel right in the middle of town. I took off a star because the trail isn’t actually a loop—you have to walk on the side of 144th St, where there’s no sidewalk. They definitely need to add a sidewalk or find another way to make the trail a full loop. Otherwise, I enjoyed it!

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

walking
4 months ago

Nice trail to walk around.

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

This trail came up in a hiking search and I’m not sure why. I personally like hiking spots to be a little more secluded, and this park is literally right in the middle of a neighborhood. The lake was pretty and the path is flat and well maintained. Maybe a better spot for riding or just for a leisurely walk. Would be a nice spot to walk with a date or friend.

Very well maintained trail. Beautiful lake and surroundings. Unfortunately I didn’t read reviews before walking the entire lake. Very dangerous attempting to walk along 144th street. City really should consider putting a sidewalk there (only reason for low rating).

mountain biking
5 months ago

A family favorite for nice paved trails with a few small “nature trails” that provide variation. One section of trail is currently closed for renovations, however there are some connection options that still provide an opportunity to complete the loop.

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

hiking
7 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.

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

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.

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

fishing
9 months ago

Nice paved trail around the lake to zone in on those nice master angler bass

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