Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

trail running
6 hours ago

All paved, but there's an actual dirt trail path in the Eastern tree line between Woolworth and Martha, separated by Center. It's the closest you'll get to a trail in midtown.

Boring and short. Views of the city.

Poorly marked, lots of overgrown parts of the trail. Nice views of the Platte. I picked up a grocery bag full of litter. This trail could definitely use some attention. If it rained heavily it would be too muddy to navigate certain parts. Enjoyable enough if you’re there. Wouldn’t drive out of my way to hike this trail.

Very nice ride

hiking
4 days ago

Really cool area, lots of fossils if you are paying attention.

Easy, accessible, cool fossilized burrows.

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

road biking
5 days ago

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 .

Nebraska high point! Google Maps got us right there from the south. At turn off there's a sign with some information and a envelope/drop box for your $3.

From the turnoff you drive a dirt road about a mile to the highpoint. You're not allowed to walk the road from turnoff due to the fact that it's a working bison ranch (High Point Bison).

Once to the top there's a simple monument, bench, and metal desk with register.

Pretty great views of Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska plains.

One request: please don't leave loose paper or even trinkets in the drawers. I spent 5-10 minutes picking up trash that had blown/fallen out of the drawer.

on Field Club Trail

11 days ago

Nice area for an easy walk.

on Tranquility Trail

11 days ago

Definitely more of a biking trail than a hiking trail, but not bad for a walk.

walking
13 days 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.

Can’t really expect more from a drive-up highest point :).

NOTE - $3.00 per person. Don’t drive all the way out there without your funds

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.

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

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.

19 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.

walking
20 days ago

We camp here annually for a family reunion and wander this trek. Lots of variety of birds, saw some deer while we were out this year. Yes it does go through some camp grounds but if your already here, why not walk around?

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.....

Your experience here will be entirely based on your expectation. This is a NATURE trail and there is a LOT of nature. By this I mean you are walking a short forested loop and a little bit river side. It is a dirt path, single track, often with fallen trees to climb over or under, and depending on the season, deep grass to walk through. My wife and I were wearing shorts, and it gave us a lot of tick-anxiety. Lots of insects—spiders, really big ants, ticks, etc. Probably a good idea to wear tall socks and pants if doing this in a green season. We got to see some cool lizards, deer, prairie dogs, and this huge bird that I couldn’t identify with a 6ft+ wingspan. The riverside parts are really majestic. I would definitely do this again with pants; or if I was wearing shorts, walk it backwards along the river, opposite the trailhead. Cool place that I wouldn’t have found without the app.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice paved trail. Once you leave the park, there is little shade, so plan accordingly.

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!

Views yes, but very ordinary. No markers or info. Did see buffalo herd.

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.

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