Best Hiking in Nebraska

This list represents the most popular hiking in Nebraska. Use this list to plan your next Nebraska hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Lewis & Clark Trail: Nebraska and Iowa


This eTrail was written for travelers along the Lewis and Clark Trail. Inside you'll find a map and detailed directions to all the sites and attractions related to the Lewis & Clark expedition in thi…
From the guidebook "Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail"
Omaha, NE - Backpacking, Hiking Best Trail in ne - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Nebraska - Rough Guides


Though modern transcontinental travelers tend to see Nebraska in much the same light as did the early pioneers, heading west during the Gold Rush – as just another dreary expanse of prairie to get thr…
From the guidebook "The Rough Guide to USA"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking Best Trail in ne - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Bison Trail


You won’t see any bison on this hike, which follows a path that winds through what was once a vast expanse of prairie, home not only to bison but also meadowlarks, snakes, gophers, and other wildlife.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 3.4 miles
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#4. Jamaica North Trail


With an opportunity to find wild nature just a stone’s throw from the heart of the city, this hike meanders along the edges of Wilderness Park, a sylvan idyll just outside the Lincoln city limits. The…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 2.4 miles
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#5. Salt Creek Levee Trail


Also known as the Salt Valley Levee Trail, this trail begins on the western edge of Lincoln, right by the trailheads for the Bison Trail and Jamaica North Trail. This hike never strays far from Linc…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 6.1 miles
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#6. MoPac Trail


The MoPac Trail is a classic “urban trail.” Curious dogs come to backyard fences while cyclists and local families make good use of the paved path through the heart of Lincoln. (It can get downright c…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 7.6 miles
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#7. MoPac East Trail


A perfect country stroll, the MoPac East Trail extends for some 20-plus miles into the countryside east of Lincoln. This hike, an easy walk along a well laid out trail, covers the first few miles, fro…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 5.4 miles
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#8. Billy Wolff Trail


This is a good, fairly short hike, and especially convenient if visiting the Folsom Children’s Zoo, whose entrance is just steps from the trail. A small botanical garden is also located at the start o…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 3.4 miles
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#9. Rock Island Trail


This hike begins from the same starting spot as the hike along the Billy Wolff Trail, by the city zoo, but runs through much more bucolic scenery. (Hike both it and the Billy Wolff hike if you want a…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 4.2 miles
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#10. Murdock Trail


A combination urban/rural trail, with long straight stretches passing through residential neighborhoods in an outer part of Lincoln before heading into open countryside, the Murdock Trail has a wide e…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Lincoln, NE - Hiking - 2.6 miles
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#11. Oak Creek Trail


If you’re looking for a break from the more urban hikes in this book, this remote, rural trail is it. Less than an hour’s drive from Lincoln and just slightly over an hour from Omaha, the crushed lime…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Valparaiso, NE - Hiking, Horseback Riding - 4.9 miles
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#12. Keystone Trail


A sylvan break from bustling west Omaha, the Keystone Trail takes in views of ducks, which emerge from Little Papillion Creek alongside the trail, and robins, which sing in the trees lining the path.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Irvington, NE - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 7.2 miles
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#13. Big Papio Trail


Similar to the Keystone Trail, in that the path perches high above a creek, which it follows for the length of the hike, this trail is located even farther out in the vast suburban belt of west Omaha.…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Boys Town, NE - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 3.4 miles
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#14. Boulevard Trail


This hike can be a bit tricky: It follows several twists and turns as it runs along a creek, then moves to city streets and finally into a large city park. But it’s a great tour of the heart of midtow…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Ralston, NE - Hiking - 4.4 miles
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#15. Field Club Trail


Named for a historic residential neighborhood along the north section of the trail, this hike begins not too far from the site of Omaha’s once-sprawling Union Stockyards. The path passes a golf course…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Omaha, NE - Hiking - 3.2 miles
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#16. Fontenelle Forest Trails


This hike is a combination of four short trails at the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in the town of Bellevue, south of Omaha. While relatively short in distance, it is one of the more rugged hikes i…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Bellevue, NE - Hiking - 1.5 miles
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#17. Fort Atkinson Nature Trail


This trail winds through an overgrown patch of floodplain forest, past some massive oak trees and a lush carpet of foliage. Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, on the bluff above the trail, includes…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Fort Calhoun, NE - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 1 mile
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#18. Schramm Park Trail


Located in a modest state recreation area on the site of a former fish hatchery, this is a spot where Nebraskans have been coming for country outings for more than one hundred years. The hike climbs…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
South Bend, NE - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 1.5 miles
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#19. Wabash Trace


Located just across the Missouri River from Omaha in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the Wabash Trace follows the old Council Bluffs–St. Louis rail line. This longer and more challenging hike gives some good vi…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Council Bluffs, NE - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding - 8.2 miles
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#20. Steamboat Trace


The Steamboat Trace roughly follows an old railroad corridor through the bottomlands just west of the Missouri River. This hike starts at the north end of the trail, near the old river town of Nebrask…
From the guidebook "Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha"
Nebraska City, NE - Hiking - 7 miles
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