Nebraska Horseback Riding Trails and Maps

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Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

219.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Dark Island Trail

8.4 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

13 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail East

21.7 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

MoPac Trail West

5.3 mi
State: NE
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Niobrara Trail

2.1 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone, Grass

Oak Creek Trail

13 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone

Robert White Trail

1.5 mi
State: NE
Crushed Stone
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The Cowboy Trail, one of the country’s longest rail-trails, stretches nearly 205 miles between the Nebraska towns of Valentine and Norfolk (beginning at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park south of town). The rail-trail...
NE 219.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Traversing just over 8 miles in central Nebraska, the Dark Island Trail runs from the small town of Central City to the even smaller village of Marquette. For those experiencing the trail by bike,...
NE 8.4 mi Crushed Stone
The MoPac Trail in Springfield, Nebraska is an integral component of what is planned to be a more than 50-mile recreational trail between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska's two largest cities. Four...
NE 13 mi Crushed Stone
The MoPac Trail follows the old corridor of what used to be the Missouri Pacific Railroad's Omaha Belt Line (hence "MoPac"). This eastern segment is the more rural and extends between Lincoln and...
NE 21.7 mi Crushed Stone
The MoPac Trail West continues from the MoPac Trail East through the city of Lincoln. The trail connects the university with local businesses, neighborhoods, parks, recreation opportunities and...
NE 5.3 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
Niobrara State Park has a total 14 miles of trails open to a variety of uses, including snowmobiling. A 2.1-mile hike–bike trail incorporates a trestle from the old Chicago Northwestern Railroad,...
NE 2.1 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
Nebraska's Oak Creek Trail, occupying a former Union Pacific Railroad corridor in the eastern part of the state, is about as rural a trail as you will find in the United States. While the trail is...
NE 13 mi Crushed Stone
The Robert White Trail runs for 1.5 miles between the start of the Bob Lake Trail, where the trails converge near 65th Street, and 18th Avenue/Monastery Road. There is no shade. The trail follows the...
NE 1.5 mi Crushed Stone

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Recent Trail Reviews

Oak Creek Trail

Awesome Trail

May, 2018 by vwaldoguy

This is a great trail out in the countryside. The surface is the perfect size crushed limestone. Starting at Valparaiso, it's a steady climb to the other end at Brainard. The first half of the trail has some horse ruts, and the second half of the trail has some animal holes, but neither is that bad. There are several gravel road crossings on this trail, so be careful to monitor for cross traffic. The first half is more protected with trees along the trail, and the second half is more open prairie. There is a bar at each end that you can get food and drinks. Overall, this is a great trail, and it's in great shape.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Cowboy Trail

May, 2018 by kfooster

Trail from Norfolk to the west was well maintained. I stayed in Neligh to ride both east and west. The bridge 6 miles west of Neligh looks to be permanently gone. Much of the trail parallels the main roads, but a small portion doesn't. The experience away from the main roads was great.

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

Ok south of Springfield, Too Deep North

March, 2018 by vwaldoguy

The 3 mile section north of Springfield, the gravel is too deep, and it might be a little big. You can ride it with bigger mountain bike tires, but it's a hard pedal. Walking or running it would be fine though. The trail south of Springfield is in great shape, just the right amount of gravel, and the right size.

Accordion

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Walking the trail

February, 2018 by ktneuja

Great walk...for being in an urban setting be prepared to see lots of wildlife. Many places to get on the trail and walk or ride a bike. Not many facilities from archway to Fort Kearney but great easy walk. Cranes are available for viewing during migration in spring. You will like the experience.

MoPac Trail (Springfield)

It used too be our favorite ride. Now it's too unsafe.

January, 2018 by jeff.eckel

Last spring they put new gravel down on the trail. They used the wrong size and put it WAY to deep. The gravel is too big even for a gravel bike. If you rode it on a fat bike you could maybe enjoy it. I lost count of how many times my wheels fishtailed out from under me on our latest ride. We were lucky no one in our group crashed. We won;t be on that trail again until it is fixed. Luckily we have the Wabash.

Chief Standing Bear Trail

Number one trail for my cycling.

December, 2017 by cyclecrow

I have cycled from one end of the trail to the other many times, Beatrice to Marysville and it is just the best trail! There are bathrooms, water and shelters at Holmesville, Blue Springs and Barnston and mileage markers every 1/2 mile. The Chief Standing Bear Trail turns into the Blue River Trail at the NE state line and continues into Marysville.

Pheasant Ridge Trail

Nice short trail with scenic views

November, 2017 by pedalfree

The Pheasant Ridge Trail is a short 3 mile trail lining the north shore of Harlan County Reservoir in Harlan NE. I had the opportunity to ride it while passing through on the way from our Iowa home to visit family in Arizona. It provided a nice break along the way.

The surface is mostly concrete and it was smooth and relatively fast. It's a little hilly, but the hills are easily manageable and offer some nice vistas of the lake.

If you're coming from out of town, the best place to park is in the city park on the east side of US Highway 183 just to the north of the causeway over the reservoir. Parking is free and the trail starts just steps from the lot.

If you want to go a little longer, you might be able to cruise through the campground at the east end of the trail. There's a guard house there but it was closed for the season when I rode here last week so I was able to easily get in. On the way back, I detoured through town. Round trip was a little under 8 miles.

I wouldn't make a special trip here, but if you find yourself in the area, the Pheasant Ridge Trail is a nice resource and pleasant way to spend a little time exploring this beautiful, rural part of America.

Platte River Connection

Sunday Funday

October, 2017 by mgotto1997

We walked path today. Beautiful day for a walk. His path is not “one mile” as advertised. That’s a little misleading. Loved all the benches for resting if necessary. We will be back! ¿¿

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail

Beautiful Stretch East From Valentine

October, 2017 by kerund

I love the empty beauty of the Sandhills and you feel you're out in the middle of nowhere riding east from Valentine, on a stretch where the trail veers away from the road.

I rode my hybrid 16 miles out and then back (to the big cell tower where the trail rejoins the road). There's been some ATV travel on the trail, but generally the surface was good. I met a cyclist or two close to Valentine, but that was it.

On warm days, take plenty of water - there's little shade to be had.

Kearney Hike and Bike Trail

Cottonmill Hike Bike Trail

October, 2017 by sandyladd

This trail is a gem. It crosses the Platte River twice on beautiful bridges. There are shelters with seating along the trail. We even saw a couple of deer running beside us. The trail leaves from the Ft. Kearney Campground and the campground hosts lend campers bicycles for free.

Steamboat Trace Trail

Some TLC

September, 2017 by billbrockman

As others have said, this nice trail needs some care. A fallen tree partially blocked one spot and branches lay everywhere. Also, the signs say "closed during firearms hunting season" but don't say when that might be, just a number to call.

Overall though, it's a good trail, not too rough and very peaceful and scenic.

Chief Standing Bear Trail

Peaceful

September, 2017 by jpcvt135

I started in Beatrice and rode 10 miles south. The trail surface is packed well and well maintained. The first 2-3 miles were a nice mix of sun and shade, turning into mostly sun up to mile 10. There are a few road crossings, but most were unpaved country lanes, none were busy, and all had good visibility. There was a bench at about 2.75 miles, and a covered area with. Few tables and benches, restrooms, and a water fountain around 6.75 miles. While the scenery is nothing spectacular, it is nice and it's peaceful. Overall, a really pleasant ride

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