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

road biking
3 days ago

We walk this trail at least three times a week. We have seen deer, turkey, turtles etc beautiful place to walk.

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 .

walking
10 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.

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.

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 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

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!

walking
1 month ago

Nice trail to walk around.

Great place to take a walk! Easy paved path with scenic views of the lake and surrounding forest. Also seems like a great place to ride your bike if you like that since the path is very smooth and flat. Not sure why it’s labeled moderate, it was easy. But some of the curves may be more difficult on a bike. Will have to do the full loop around the lake sometime.

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
2 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.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Decent trail and nice for a quick ride near our home. On the downside there are tons of people which today included several groups
Of teenagers smoking marijuana and an Asian outdoor party that was playing karaoke loud enough it could be hard across the lake.

Really nice walk. You feel out in nature in the middle od town.

Much more accessible in late-fall/early-winter/spring. Decent foliage and for the most part, not many people on the west side.

Great trail run off the beaten path.

trail running
9 months ago

I ran this loop for the G.O.A.T.z Trail Run and I really enjoyed it. The views of the water are beautiful and it was a peaceful run. Gotta watch out for horse droppings as parts of it are also equestrian trails but I look forward to running here again soon.

really nice trail for walking, running, jogging or for bicycles.

trail running
11 months ago

This trail is a very well maintained and clean paved trail that is very good for running, biking, and easy relaxing walks.

walking
Monday, August 14, 2017

Really liked this. Even though I don't like walking on asphalt or paved paths due to feet issues, I still give it 5 stars. Scenery constantly changing between water to natural habitat to beautiful large homes back to water and then on and on. It's a winding path with majority of path blocked from traffic sounds. Only the loopdy-loop is noisy. Bicyclists, dog walkers, speed walkers, and other walkers/runners are frequenting it as well but all were friendly. Bicyclists would announce themselves when approaching from behind. I would definitely of this again if I was in town longer or coming back to visit family again. There are lots km & mile markers along the path and stations to grab a plastic bag to pick up your dogs mess.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Unkept trails very hard for a bike to get through, I would not recommend this trail for biking.

trail running
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Pros:
- Paved road but soft grass to the side
- Clean/Excellent upkeep
- A lot of easy to moderate elevation transitions
- A good mix of open areas and shaded areas
- A lot of rest benches

Cons:
- Paved road so there are a lot of cyclists. They tend to go fast so you really can't wear headphones/earphones while running. I just saw two cyclists zoom by while runners were forced to jump out of the way


Overall, this trail tailors more to cyclists. If you plan to run this trail, make sure to keep your headset music at a low volume so you can hear incoming cyclists.

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

East side of the lake is very walkable up until Hwy 36. The west side of the lake not so much. Trails are barely visible and it seems to be more for for horseback trailing. Used Hwy 36 to cross the north side of the lake because I couldn't find a crossover due to the higher water level.

horseback riding
Sunday, July 09, 2017

The trail was badly in need of mowing & hard to find in many places. My Garmin showed 6.5 miles of trail that I rode. Beautiful park!

walking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This was a pleasant walk! My 5 year old and 9 year old along with our 3 year old Husky had a wonderful time! Everyone we encountered was very friendly. It was a very flat trail! Can't wait to take the bikes out there next time!

walking
Friday, June 23, 2017

Great place for easy walks and run. We exercise us and our pets here:)

Friday, June 09, 2017

I great for walk or run.

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