Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha
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 limestone trail passes farm fields that bring to mind “amber waves of grain.” A horse trail weaves in and out of the walking trail and is popular with area riders.
The hike is mostly a straight shot along a former corridor of the Union Pacific Railroad, running through a spare landscape of farm fields broken up by several thick, wooded areas rich with oak trees. Despite the sometimes lonely surroundings, birds sing in the trees all along the trail.
Gnarled branches and fallen trunks fill in the tree cover on both sides of the path. About a mile into the hike, a gap in the trees reveals a small stretch of tallgrass, obscuring the steep dropoff toward the creek on your right. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of animal life, from birds’ nests in the trees to tracks (deer and other animals) on the trail and burrows dug alongside it, as well as caterpillar cocoons spun in the bushes. You may also spot blue heron along the creek.