1. 144th Street Trail
Length: 8.5 miles
What you’ll find: Streetside trail connects many neighborhoods with Standing Bear, Zorinsky and Wehrspann Lakes. At Standing Bear, see what fish are biting or watch radio-controlled airplanes.
2. Bellevue Loop of Keystone Trail
Length: 8.9 miles
What you’ll find: Bird-watching, camping and boating at Haworth Park along the Missouri River. If you ride the entire Keystone Trail (8), you’ll cover 24.1 miles each way.
3. Big Papio Trail
Length: 9.9 miles
What you’ll find: Connects numerous retail and business corridors. Runs past the scenic Happy Hollow Club and through shady Seymour Smith Park’s disc golf course, ballfields, Sunset Hills Pool and South Metro skate ramp. Links to Keystone Trail (8) at Seymour Smith Park. Check out the inspirational plaques at Cancer Survivors Park .
4. Happy Hollow Boulevard Trail
Length: 3.1 miles
What you’ll find: Links to the Keystone (8) at 72nd and Pacific Streets. The trail runs east to 67th Street, through Elmwood Park, north to Dodge Street, Memorial Park and along Happy Hollow Boulevard to 50th Street and Country Club Avenue. Watch for golf balls through Elmwood Park.
5. Field Club Trail
Length: 1.7 miles
What you’ll find: Inner-city trail on abandoned railroad right-of-way. Ravines and foliage add to the trail’s character. This trail runs from near 40th and Leavenworth Streets and passes Field Club Golf Course on its way to its terminus at 35th and Vinton Streets. Biking lanes along Woolworth Avenue to Midtown Crossing, downtown and north Omaha.
6. Indian Creek Trail
Length: 3.5 miles
What you’ll find: A continuation of Lake Manawa Trail (10), this time heading north and ending at Sunset Park, home to Joseph Katelman Water Park.
7. Iowa Riverfront Trail/Big Lake Trail
Length: 7 miles
What you’ll find: Begins at the Western Historic Trails Center Link (22) and heads north, mostly along the city’s levee system. Link to Omaha Riverfront Trail (13) via Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park. Great views of the Missouri River. Ends at Big Lake Park. For a tough workout, continue uphill to Lewis & Clark Monument.
8. Keystone Trail
Length: 15.2 miles
What you’ll find: The longest continuous trail in the metro area; flat and paved. Passes Aksarben Village, UNO residence halls and Roberts Skate Park. Also connects to the West Papio Trail (21) and the Big Papio Trail (3). Connects to Bellevue Loop Trail (2). Most of the path is tucked behind residential, industrial and agricultural areas.
9. South Omaha Trail
Length: 3.75 miles
What you’ll find: A rails-to-trails corridor, with historic features including the 60th Street overpass bridge and a developed tree canopy. The trail runs from the Keystone Trail at Karen Park to 40th and D Streets, then under Interstate 80 and up to Vinton Street along 36th Street.
10. Lake Manawa Trail
Length: 5.4 miles
What you’ll find: The paved trail provides ample opportunity for a walk or bike ride along Manawa’s shoreline. The trail connects to the Veterans Memorial Trail (17) and Western Historic Trails Center Link (22), Council Bluffs trail system and the Wabash Trace (18). Lake Manawa State Park is ideal for picnics, boating or just relaxing.
11. Military Road Trail
Length: 2.8 miles
What you’ll find: Near a link to Keystone Trail (8). Roadside path at 90th Street widens at 99th Street. Future construction will connect this trail to Standing Bear Lake and Newport Landing (12).
12. Newport Landing Trail
Length: 3.5 miles
What you’ll find: Concrete trail 10 feet wide surrounding a 200-acre lake. Trailhead lies southeast of Nebraska Highway 36 and 180th Street. Plans call for this trail to eventually join up with the Military Road Trail (11); now connects to a crushed-rock trail at Prairie View Recreation Area to the west.
13. Omaha Riverfront Trail
Length: 21.0 miles (both sections combined)
What you’ll find: Southern section begins at Veterans Memorial Bridge and runs north to Miller’s Landing near Abbott Drive; it has a slight break between Heartland of America Park and Pacific Street. Along the way: Lewis & Clark Landing, the National Park Service headquarters and the pedestrian bridge. Trail has 1.25-mile gap between southern section (at Miller’s Landing) and northern section (at Kiwanis Park). The northern section starts at Kiwanis Park trailhead, Locust Street and Abbott Drive. Heavy vehicle traffic on Abbott Drive.
14. Prairie Queen Recreation Area
Length: 4 miles
What you’ll find: 335-acre park featuring 135-acre lake, hike/bike trails, boating, fishing and more. Quick access to Werner Park via Lincoln Road.
15. Sorensen Parkway Trail
Length: 4.8 miles
What you’ll find: Parkway-side trail beginning at Fontenelle Boulevard and Sorensen Parkway and ending near 90th Street and Military Road.
16. Valley View Trail
Length: 6.0 miles
What you’ll find: From U.S. Highway 6 and Kanesville Boulevard on to Iowa Western Community College, ride south past Mall of the Bluffs to Iowa West Trailhead Park. Links to Lake Manawa Trail (10) and the Wabash Trace (18).
17. Veterans Memorial Trail
Length: 6.0 miles
What you’ll find: Parallels South Omaha Bridge Road and Veterans Memorial Highway on Iowa side of the Missouri River past Fox Run Golf Course and Lake Manawa. Connects with Indian Creek (6), Lake Manawa (10) and Western Historic Trails Center Link (22).
18. Wabash Trace Nature Trail
Length: 62.3 miles
What you’ll find: Ride from Council Bluffs to the Missouri state line. Mix of concrete and crushed limestone suitable for runners, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. $1 daily usage fee suggested or $10 annual pass to help with trail upkeep.
19. Walnut Creek Trail
Length: 3.0 miles
What you’ll find: One of the few paved paths with tent and RV camping. Fishing, boat dock, equestrian trail, restrooms and drinking water. Connects to the West Papio Trail (21).
20. Wehrspann Lake Trail
Length: 7 miles
What you’ll find: Fishing, wildlife viewing, arboretum, wetlands, native grasses and nature center. The consistent quality of the trail’s surface makes it perfect for in-line skating. Managed by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.
21. West Papio Trail
Length: 15.6 miles (both sections combined)
What you’ll find: North section is one of the metro area’s most scenic trails. Passes Zorinsky Lake Trail (23) and links to 144th Street Trail (1) before ending at Millard Avenue just east of Westchester Park. Southern section begins near 108th Street and Giles Road and heads east and crosses to south side of the creek at 96th Street. The trail connects with the Keystone Trail (8) . Trail linking the sections will be complete fall 2018.
22. Western Historic Trails Center Link
Length: 2.8 miles
What you’ll find: Connects on the east to Indian Creek Trail (6) and Lake Manawa Trail (10); to the west with Iowa Riverfront Trail (7). Info and history at the recreation complex and Western Historic Trails Center.
23. Zorinsky Lake Trail
Length: 7.4 miles
What you’ll find: Trail bisects the lake in a figure eight, so you can ride one or both loops. Good riding surface the entire length.
24. Flanagan Lake Trail
Length: 5.2 miles
What you’ll find: This new recreation area includes a trail that fully loops the lake. There are picnic areas and restrooms.
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