Great Rides in Nebraska
Looking for awesome trail rides in and around Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska? Check out our recommendations below and visit us today for more recommendations.
The Cowboy Trail is the longest rail-to-trail conversion in progress in the United States. Today, 136 miles of trail have been opened to the public for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The longest finished section is a 102 mile path running from Norfolk to Stuart. There is also a 16 mile segment running from Bassett to Ainsworth, and an 18 mile segment beginning in Valentine and crossing over the Niobrara River. For more information on the Cowboy Trail check out the Nebraska Game and Parks website.
Desoto Bend / Wilson Island
Twenty miles north of Omaha. Take Hwy. 75 to Blair, then turn east on Hwy. 30 across the Missouri River. Follow Hwy. 30 approximately 6 miles east of the river. Take a right on gravel road marked "State Park Recreation Area". Follow 5 miles south. Turn right at "T" intersection. follow 1 mile to Wilson Island entrance. This is a great self contained ride from Omaha, or a great place for the family to spend a day in the outdoors. Approximately 8 miles of flat trails for walking or cycling. This is one of the best places to view migrating geese, bald eagles and other extraordinary wildlife.
The Mopac trail head starts 3 blocks south of 84th and 'O' St. The trail runs to Walton, Eagle, Elmwood, and Wabash, NE. The Mopac trail is a wide flat trail made with crushed limestone. The trail will eventually become part of a "rails to trails" conversion, that will connect Omaha and Lincoln.
Schramm State Park
Schramm State Park is about 20 miles southwest of Omaha. Take I-80 west out of Omaha to Hwy. 31 exit. Turn left (south) on Hwy. 31 and follow about 6 miles to Schramm. Schramm State Park offers several miles of hilly singletrack trails and limestone paths. The trails are quite scenic and the wildlife is spectacular. Visit the aquarium for a great view of the local game fish. You must yield to hikers on the trails. Schramm was once closed to Cyclists because of a conflict in this area.
Steamboat Trace Trail
The Steamboat Trace is 21 miles of abandoned railroad corridor paralleling the Missouri River from approximately 6 miles south of Nebraska City to just south of Brownville, Nebraska. In 1995, the title was provided to the Nemaha NRD by the National Rails to Trails Conservancy. No permit is required ; however, voluntary donations may be made at collection boxes along the trail. Steamboat Trace Association memberships are also available. The trail corridor is open to hiking and bicycling year-round, except during firearm deer hunting seasons in mid-November and early January, when the trail is closed to all uses. Trail surface is crushed limestone screenings. Accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Horses and other pack animals, snowmobiles, ATVs, and other motorized vehicles are prohibited.
Wabash Trace Trail
Southeast of Hwy. 92 and I-29, in Council Bluffs IA. Take I-29 south to Hwy. 92 and Exit East. Turn right at Hwy 275(first traffic lights). Go about 1/2 mile south to trail head on right side of road just past Lewis Central High School. The Trace is a relatively flat limestone trail. The Trace passes through many great towns including Mineola (9 miles), Silver City (14 miles), Malvern (23 miles), Imogene and Shenandoah (42 miles). The trail ends in Blanchard MO. $1.00 daily fee, $10.00 annual fee supports maintenance of the Trace. Annual trail passes may be purchased at our Omaha store. (Cash or check only.) For more information on the Wabash Trace visit the Wabash Trace Website.