Explore the most popular river 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.

This trail is actually The Bellevue Loop Trail, and is part of the Omaha metro area's "Paths of Discovery!"

I rucked an out-and-back (13.1 miles round-trip), south from Haworth Park. I absolutely love that the metro area invested in a path/trail network, but this stretch is deliriously boring. Painfully F.L.A.T. (27 feet of elevation), no benches, nearly zero trees and shade. That said, the views are... pleasant... corn fields, mostly. And you're within an easy line of sight to the Offutt AFB pattern. Bring a friend, music, or audio book!

cost $11 per adult and no running
not a place for trail running.

First hike this morning. Invigorating feeling!

Very nice and well kept up. We’ll come back again.

walking
2 months ago

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

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..

hiking
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!

Paved trail. Runs north and south. Loop the Camp ground to add another mile. Free bike rentals at the camp grounds. Continue into Kearney and you can ride 24 miles round trip. Beware of the rough wooden bridge at the start and slow down for a sharp right down hill turn at the trailhead on the return trip.

3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

walking
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.

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
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!

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.

trail running
5 months ago

Brand new lake with concrete path all the way around. There are no trees along the path. Summer sun would make things uncomfortable due to the lack of shade. An overcast day made for a pleasant 5.25 mi. run.

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

trail running
5 months ago

Trail has a few length options, shorter loop route is good for hiking, biking and trail running. The longer route has a few steeper sections. If you go past the camp offices, you can find the trail and go off into the woods with many quick ups and downs. Once you get past the flatter river section you end with some switchbacks that take you back up the bluff to the camp. Short but good for trail running training..

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

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.

on Big Papio Trail

trail running
6 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.

I absolutely loved Fontenelle Forest! The trails are clearly labeled, and you can find a map online or get one at the visitor center. The forest is beautiful, and there’s also a prairie area with a lake if you’re willing to hike pretty far! As someone who typically hikes 5+ miles, I appreciated that there was 10 miles of trails available. The biggest drawback is the $9.50 admission price :( Overall, a great hike. There is a lot of up and down—I would call it moderate. Highly recommend!

trail running
6 months ago

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

trail running
6 months ago

Lincoln has many and great trails throughout the city, for walking, running, and biking, definitely a plus. Well maintained, nice views, and many parks along the way.

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

Our family enjoyed this trail. Paved, with some seating areas along the way that provide some shade. That was nice considering there are no trees on this portion of the plains and the day we did this hike it was 105 degrees. The fossil hill is very interesting to see. Never crowded, and the views of the rolling plains are beautiful. Away from the trail, make sure you go into the visitors center to view the Vault of Native American artifacts that were handed down to people who settled the land. It's an incredible collection

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