Great Rides in Nebraska
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Just northeast of the 72nd st. exit on northwest I-680. Primarily offroad terrain, this is a fun place to ride in the northwest Omaha area. There is water available, Camping and picnic areas, and you can rent sailboats, canoes, etc. during the main summer months.
Indian Cave State Park
Ninety miles south of Omaha. Indian Caves is Nebraska's second largest state park with approximately 3,000 acres situated in the wooded Missouri River bluffs. Follow I-29 south to Hwy. 136 (Rockport MO exit). Follow west across Missouri River and through Brownesville, NE. Turn Left onto Hwy. 67 about 8 miles south to Indian Caves State Park sign. Follow S64E to the Park. Check with the ranger as to which trails are open to cycling. Maps available at ranger's office. There are many different kinds of wildlife in the park including wild turkeys, owls, deer, fox, and even the rare flying squirrel. Indian Caves offers many features for camping including showers.
Jewel Park is located near Washington St & Combs Rd in Bellevue, NE. Jewel is a newly set gem in the Omaha off road trail system. Trails once abandoned have been given new life by Nebraska and Iowa riders hungry for more trails. A five mile loop incorporates gear crushing climbs, technical bike handling, and fast flowing descents. The first quarter of the trail is difficult, but don't be intimidated because the fast flowing single track awaits. Enjoy Jewel, it stands apart from the other trails, but adds to the need of more trails in the metro area.
Lake Manawa is located about 15 minutes from Omaha in Council Bluffs, IA. The park offers both paved and offroad riding options. You can pedal along the lake using the main road or ride the paved trail which connects to the Western Trails Center, Council Bluffs trail system, and the Wabash Trace Trail. For the more adventurous rider, there are newly developed off-road trails on the south side of the lake. Just take the road that leads to the Missouri River landing area and go all the way to the river. There is a parking lot and the trails run in the wooded areas on both sides of the parking lot. Click here for a map of the trails.
Lewis & Clark Monument
Lewis and Clark monument is North of Big Lake Park on the north side of Council Bluffs IA. To get there, take Broadway to 16th St. Turn north and take 16th St. to Big Lake Road. Follow road into Big Lake Park. This is usually the best place to park. Ride Big Lake Road east under the second set of railroad tracks and turn left at stop sign. Go about 1/4 mile to Rainbow Road and turn left. Follow Rainbow Road up the hill to Lewis and Clark Monument. Trail starts just north of the monument. There are about 4 miles of offroad trails that are technical and very hilly. Click here for a map of the trails.
Mahoney State Park
Mahoney State Park offers many amenities including camping areas, picnic areas, restaurants, lodging, cabins, and a new Safari Park. Besides being a great place to ride, there is tons of stuff to do at Mahoney. It is located between Omaha and Lincoln off I-80. recently, the new SAC Air Museum opened about 1 mile from Mahoney State Park. Take your friends or family there for a weekend and you won't be disappointed.
Platte River State Park
25 miles southwest of Omaha NE. Follow Hwy. 50 south from I-80 interchange. Go past Springfield, over the Platte river , through Louisville. About 1.5 miles outside of Louisville, you will turn right at the "Platte River State park" sign. Follow signs to Park. Platte River State Park offers about 8 miles of aggressive singletrack and doubletrack mountain biking. The views from the bluffs are incredible. The wildlife in the park is a sight to see as well. There are certain trails that are not always open to cycling, specifically the horse trails. If you are unsure of what trails are available, please check with the rangers office. State Park Permit is required.
Ponca State Park
Ponca State Park is 20 miles west of Sioux City IA. Follow I-29 north about 100 miles north to Hwy. 20 West. Turn right onto Hwy. 12 and follow to Ponca City. Turn off Hwy. 12 just past the gas station/mini mart. Follow through town to Ponca State Park. Ponca offers many miles of scenic singletrack mountain bike trails. If you enjoy the hills, you will enjoy Ponca State Park. Please Yield to Hikers and Equestrians. State Park Permit is required.
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.
Standing Bear Lake
Standing Bear is located in Northwest Omaha on the northwest corner of 132nd and Fort Street. There are about 5 miles of paved and dirt trails available for recreational cycling and some mountain biking. Picnic areas are available, and the fishing is great!
Swanson Park is located on the north side of Cornhusker Road between 25th St. and 36th St. in Bellevue NE. The entrance is well marked into the park. Once you are ready to ride, follow the signs north into the woods where the trails start. Swanson Park offers technical terrain for offroad mountain biking. There is approximately 5 miles of singletrack trails on relatively flat terrain.
Tranquility park is located near 120th and Maple in Omaha The park offers 4 loops of offroad riding trails for the novice and experienced riders alike. There is parking available at Moylan Iceplex and at the soccer fields near 124th and Fort. Please remember that these are public use trails and to yield to other trail users. Also the farm house is private property so please respect their privacy.