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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

A sanitary sewer project at about 6th and Calvert streets will temporarily close portions of the Salt Creek Levee Trail and the Jamaica North Trail starting Monday, April 11. The work is expected to take until mid-May.

Signs have been posted to notify trail users at major access points ahead of the closure. The suggested detour routes are as follows:

  • Salt Creek Levee Trail - The trail is open from Park Blvd. north and to the Van Dorn and Bison trails. Trail users can connect to the Jamaica Trail using the Van Dorn Trail to S. 8th and then the South Street Trail. Jamaica North - Take the South Street Trail to S. 8th, and then go south to the Van Dorn Trail to connect to the Salt Creek Levee and Bison trails.
  • Also starting next week are projects to add to three trails. The MoPac Trail will have a new connection to 52nd Street, and the Rock Island Trail will have a new connection at Arlington Avenue. Both trails will remain open. The Boosalis Trail will have a new connection at Dunn Avenue. This work will require the closure of the trail from 20th to 27th streets for about four days. The suggested detour is Kessler Blvd., just north of Highway 2.

These three projects were identified as priority neighborhood trail connections in the 2040 Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Plan.

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

  • Near the 27th Street underpass of the Billy Wolff Trail, the Lower Platte NRD is doing an erosion control project alongside the trail, as well as storm drain repairs on the opposite side of the trail. Excavation and concrete work, and associated heavy equipment, in the area will create dangerous conditions for trail users and so both the Rock Island Trail and the Billy Wolff Trail will be closed in that area. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of June. Recommended detour is along A Street sidewalks to 27thStreet sidewalks then crossing to the north side of Capitol Parkway to rejoin the Billy Wolff Trail. Zoo visitors can still use the Rock Island trail to get from the parking area south of A Street to the Zoo entrance.
  • The City of Lincoln will begin construction the week of September 21, 2015 on a concrete pavement repair project along 84th St. between Elizabeth Drive and Market Drive. Initial phases of the construction will begin the week of September 21, 2015 and will be completed by November 2015. In the spring of 2016 work will begin again as an asphalt overlay is added to several areas of 84th street. All lanes will be open during the winter months. There may be some intersections where the 84th street will be impacted while curb ramps are replaced.
  • Beginning Monday, August 24, the Rock Island Trail will close from the south side of "A" Street to where it joins the Billy Wolff Trail near 27th Street. Trail users are advised to take the sidewalk on the south side of "A" Street east to the Billy Wolff Trail. This closure is necessary for a water quality improvement and educational project at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. The project will reduce runoff and promote infiltration at the Zoo site to reduce pollution flowing into Antelope Creek Features will include bioretention and bioswale areas, permeable pavers and educational signage.
    This project is funded primarily from a grant through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, with additional funding from the City, the Zoo and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. Construction is expected to be completed by May 2016.

  • Trail closures due to recent flooding - updated 9/29/15

    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: Due to changes in the course of Salt Creek, erosion of stream banks, as well as debris and downed trees, all due to recent flooding, trails are closed south of Pioneers Blvd. With the help of volunteers, an assessment of repair needs has been conducted and a plan to prioritize recovery work is being initiated. Public input will be solicited to prioritize Recovery Zones and open the park up in a phased manner. Please watch this website and other social media sources for information on how you can participate or contact your local trails group. This process could take several months.

    • 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. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has conducted a preliminary assessment of damages. The City will continue to work with FEMA in developing a recovery plan, but this process will take several months.

    • 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.

    Current projects include:

    • Bison Trail: A project to repair damage to the Bison Trail at the Van Dorn Street and Highway 77 under passes, as well as at the railroad crossing near Van Dorn, will begin on December 8th. This project will repair a few panels that were damaged during the May 2015 flooding. The project is expected to take about one week.

    • Stonebridge Trail: This trail will provide a connection with the Stonebridge development north of I-80 between Humphrey and Alvo Rd. and east of 14th. When complete, the trail will provide a connection from 14th and Humphrey and the Alvo Rd. Trail west of 14th Streets. It will also connect Schoo Middle School in Fallbrook with Koozer Elementary near Stonebridge. It is expected this trail will be under construction the summer of 2016.

    • Cavett Connector Trail & Tierra/Williamsburg Trail: We are proceeding with final design of the Cavett Connector Trail that will connect the Tierra/Williamsburg trail where currently ends at San Mateo Dr. and will proceed south adjacent to Cavett Elementary School and through the neighborhood eventually connecting with the Yankee Hill Trail near 34th and Yankee Hill. This project is in the ROW phase.

    • Billy Wolff Trail: Beginning September 21st, improvements to the Billy Wolff Trail will be made, beginning with the ramp on the west side of 27th and then proceeding west to the bridge that was installed a couple of years ago. The current ramp and trail will be removed and replaced with a 10 feet wide, concrete wide trail. This project is was initially expected to be complete October 30th, 2015, but due to some erosion control structures put in place with the original trail construction, it has been delayed until late December. The detour will begin where the Billy Wolff and Rock Island Trail connect with riders needing to cross 27th and Capital Parkway at grade. Please use the sidewalk on the south side of Capital Parkway between 27th Street and Randolph.

    • Sheridan Street Penny Bridges project: This project will cause a lengthy closure of the Rock Island Trail between Calvert and South Streets beginning May 3 2015 and going through the end of December. The designated detour for this project will be along Calvert, east to 33rd, then north along 33rd to South Street and west to the Rock Island Trail. Other options are available including going west to 31st Street and then north along 31st to Van Dorn and east to the trail. Riders need to find a route that works best for them since the trail will be closed at Sheridan during the length of the project.

    • Yankee Hill Trail (between 70th and 91st): This is a Public Works Project that will provide a trail along Yankee Hill and a connection with a new Middle School at 84th and Yankee Hill. This project will be constructed when Yankee Hill is improved. Expected completion is August 2017.

    • Pioneers Park Trail – Phase III: is in the initial phase of design. This project will provide a connection along the southern edge of Pioneers Park with the western edge of the park. Expected completion is August 2016.

    • Miscellaneous projects: Stormwater management projects along the Rock Island Trail between South and Calvert will have temporary closures while that project moves forward during 2015. In addition, various sections of trail around Lincoln will have improvements made that involve replacing panels of concrete that have cracked. This is expected to take place along the Pine Lake Trail between 14th and 27th Streets and the 84th Street north of Adams.