Each year about a million “treks” happen on Lincoln’s trails. With over 131 miles of hard surface and crushed rock trails, you can get just about anywhere you want to go using both on and off street routes. There are also several miles of hiker/biker trails within our parks making our system top notch. Whether you ride, run, jump or skip, using Lincoln’s trails are the perfect way to stay fit and save gas!
For additional information and resources about biking in Lincoln and surrounding trails, visit Bike Lincoln
We are always making improvements to our trails system. Check back often for updates on our current and future projects.
Trail Closures and Expansions to Start in April
Beginning Monday, April 11, the Ben Verley and Harrington trails at the Pioneers Park Nature Center will be closed for the construction on a new bridge as part of a new trail connection. The trails are expected to remain closed through August.
Recent closures, construction and pavement repair affecting trails
Trail closures due to recent flooding - updated 7/25/16
We fully understand everyone's concerns regarding the trails and know they have become major transportation routes for many. We are making every effort to get them open, however we have been slow to proceed until we get answers from FEMA as to what will be covered. FEMA has declared the spring flooding to be a Federal disaster and there will be Federal aid available for repairs.
We also appreciate the assistance we have received from the many individuals who have offered to volunteer to help repair the trails. If we could use them to make the repairs, we would definitely have taken everyone up on their offer. The challenge we have is the repairs require the use of heavy equipment to do it right. The Jamaica North Trail crushed limestone requires an installation process similar to the installation of asphalt which requires heavy equipment to evenly distribute the limestone and then even heavier equipment to get it packed so there isn't loose limestone. Watershed Management has initiated a project to address the under passes of 84th and Old Cheney Roads along the Billy Wolff trail in order to decrease the sediment that collects at both of those sites. The Bison Trail is open, but will close for a few days for some grading a concrete work. Watch this web page for dates.
The Salt Creek Levee Trail extension from Charleston so N. 14th Street is now open. It will close for one day later this fall for final work to drainage.
- Wilderness Park: Trails in Wilderness Park are open from the north end to S 14th Street. Horse trails east of South 14th Street (east side of Salt Creek) and hiking trail north of Saltillo Road and east of Salt Creek, are open, however, hiking and biking trail between Salt Creek and the Jamaica North Trail will remain closed until after the recovery work has been completed on the Jamaica North Trail this fall.
- Jamaica North: Due to heavy flooding along the Salt Creek floodplain, the Jamaica North Trail south of Pioneers Blvd is closed to the public. This entire stretch of trail has been impacted by storm water flows with portions of the trail being completely wiped out. Construction will begin in August, with sections north of Old Cheney and south of Saltillo Road to be completed first. The project will be completed this fall.
- Additional Flood Issues: Trail users are encouraged to take care on wet or muddy trails that may be difficult to negotiate. Silt deposited on trails can be extremely slick when re-wetted by additional rain. Never cross a trail that is underwater. It is difficult to tell how deep water is and it is possible there may be a damaged trail beneath it. Every effort will be made to clear trails as quickly as possible and bring them back to full use.