Oak Creek Trail

Nebraska

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Oak Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Saunders County and Butler County, Nebraska. It is 12.8 miles long and begins at 1,308 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 25.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,008 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and a shelter.
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Oak Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Saunders County and Butler County, Nebraska. It is 12.8 miles long and begins at 1,308 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 25.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,008 feet. Near the trailhead there are a parking and a shelter.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running, Walking
Distance: 12.8
Elevation Gain: 1,008 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,308 feet
Top Elevation: 1,670 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Oak Creek Trail
Elevation Min/Max: 1282/1670 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1308/1308 ft
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Best Easy Day Hikes: Lincoln and Omaha

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.

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5/24/2014
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I've done this trail on a bike several times. The trail is actually 12 miles long and is a railroad rack turned into a trail, crushed limestone. the trail goes from Valpraiso to Brainard and is gradual uphill in that direction most of the way. There are several bridges that make the trip worth it. You also go through the town of Loma which was where "To Wong Fu" was filmed. I would not do this as a hike as it would be a bit boring, but definately as a bike ride. There is parking at either Brainard or Valpraiso. If you look at mapquest the railroad line still showes up, which is now the trail.



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