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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 out our Trails Projects page for updates on our current and future projects. 

Equestrian Trails

Equestrian trails are provided in Pioneers Park and Wilderness Park. The Lower Platte South NRD and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission also maintain equestrian trails nearby Lincoln. For more information on equestrian trails managed by the City of Lincoln, visit the Equestrian Trails page.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Trails

Billy Wolff Trail

Built in 1978 and named after Billy Wolff, a longtime downtown bicycle shop owner, this was Lincoln's first trail stretching from Holmes Lake Park to Lincoln's downtown. Following several additional phases of construction, the trail now follows Antelope Creek from the Devaney Sports Center and University of Nebraska on the north to 91st and Highway2 on the south for a total of 8.5 miles. This trail has many amenities along the way including providing a connection to the Jayne Snyder Trails Center and Union Plaza near 21st and "Q" streets, Antelope Park filled with ballfields, picnic shelters, playgrounds and Ager Junior Golf Course. The trail also parallels Holmes Lake Park and Golf Course near 70th and Capital Parkway. Portions of the trail are adjacent to busy streets, however the majority of the trail is through quiet and serene areas of a greenway corridor that follows Antelope Creek.

John Dietrich Trail

Constructed in 1985 this trail is the result of the NE Radial Reuse Project. Supported by the neighborhood it was named after a long time trails advocate and bicycle shop owner in NE Lincoln. It extends from 22nd & Holdrege to 48th & Fremont Streets. This trail connects with the Billy Wolff Trail near 17th and Holdrege and proceeds northeasterly to where it connects with the Murdock trail near 48th and Fremont. This trail provides a connection between the downtown UNL Campus and East Campus. It also goes through Lintel and Fleming Fields Recreational Sports Park and Upco Park.

Boosalis Trail

Named after Mayor Helen Boosalis, it was built as part of a federal highway project in 1980. The trail extends from 17th & Burnham to Old Cheney & Hwy 2. This trail provides connections to the Rock Island and Old Cheney Trails.

Rock Island Trail

Constructed on right of way purchased in 1985, this trail connects the Children's Zoo along Capitol Parkway with Densmore Park south of 14th & Old Cheney. It travels through Antelope Park, Bishop Heights Park, Peterson Park and provides a connection to Tierra Park. It also connects to the Billy Wolff Trail on the north, Boosalis and Tierra/Williamsburg Trails near Highway 2 and Densmore Park west of south 14th.

MoPac Trail

Following the abandoned Missouri Pacific Railroad corridor, the trail begins at the University of Nebraska Campus near 19th and Vine Street, and then proceeds east through Lincoln to 84th Street and the Novartis Trailhead. From that point, it continues 25 miles to Wabash. The project which started in 1993 was completed in 2009 following construction of the section from the University to 30th Street including the Elaine Hammer Bridge over North 27th Street. It does pass through Peter Pan Park, McAdams Park, and provides a connection to Bethany Park.

Bison Trail

Stretching from 10th and Van Dorn west to Pioneers Park, "buffalo chips" marked the ground breaking of this trail. The trail was dedicated in November, 2002. It connects with Van Dorn Park near 9th and Van Dorn, Salt Creek Levee and Jamaica North Trail near First and Van Dorn, Wilderness Park near this same location and travels through Bison Park where it connects with Pioneers Park on the west. This trail will eventually provide a connection to the Prairie Corridor along Haines Branch, a project that is developing a greenway/prairie corridor from Pioneers Park to Denton and Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center some 7.5 miles west and south of Lincoln.

Salt Creek Levee Trail

Dedicated in 1990 and constructed by the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District as part of the Crescent Green Plan, this trail follows Salt Creek and the levee that was constructed to protect Lincoln from flooding. It connects with the Jamaica North Trail on the south and Oak Lake Trail and Haymarket Ballpark and Pinnacle Ban Arena on the north.

Murdock Trail

Constructed on former Rock Island right of way that was owned and donated to the City by David Murdock, this trail connects with the Dietrich Trail at 48th and Fremont and extends east to 112th streets. The trail was dedicated in August, 1994. The Murdock Trail connects with Mahoney Park and continues east over Stevens Creek to 112th.

Tierra/Williamsburg Trail

Connecting with the Rock Island Trail, the Tierra/Williamsburg trail proceeds through the Tierra / Williamsburg neighborhoods and connects with the South Pointe Trail and Pine Lake Trails that go west along Pine Lake to Densmore Park. Following one of Lincoln's neighborhood drainage corridors, the Tierra/Williamsburg Trail will provide a future connection to the Yankee Hill Trail and eventually to the south Beltway.

Jamaica North Trail

Located on the abandoned Union Pacific Corridor this trail connects the downtown Haymarket / Pinnacle Bank Arena area with rural Nebraska south of Lincoln. The trail proceeds south through Wilderness Park and then south across Saltillo Road where it becomes the Homestead trail which extends to Beatrice. This trail will eventually continue south of Beatrice in to Kansas.

Jayne Snyder Trails Center

The Jayne Snyder Trails Center - The Jayne, opened in the fall of 2012. Located adjacent to the Billy Wolf / Antelope Valley Trail and on Union Plaza at 250 No. 21, The Jayne serves as the hub for many of Lincoln's trails that connect in close proximity to the facility. It was built with donations from the Great Plains Trails Network and serves as a place to gather for trail users, public gatherings, meetings, receptions, festivals, and related uses. The Jayne is part of the Active Living Center that includes space for future retail use as well as the Community Health Endowment Office which is located on the second floor.
The facility was named after Jayne Snyder, a business owner, physical therapist, lifetime runner, City Council member, and person that dedicated her life to helping people and serving our community. She helped spearhead Lincoln's trails network by raising private donations and chairing many fundraising campaigns.
This enclosed shelter facility is available for rent by visiting the Online Facility Reservations System.


LEGAL NOTICE: Nebraska Trail Settlement Legal Notice
The following is Legal Notice in the matter of Schneider v. United States, Civil Action No. 8.9-CV-0315, Current and former owners of property adjacent to or underlying certain Rails to Trails corridors could receive payment for the taking of private property rights. Download Legal Notice

FAQs and Municipal Codes

10.48.110 Equipment on Bicycles; Brakes and Lights. Brakes. Every bicycle operated on the street in Lincoln shall be equipped with a brake adequate to control the movement of and to stop the bicycle. The brake on each wheel that has a brake must be capable of holding the wheel tightly so that the wheel will slide on dry, level pavement when the bicycle is pushed forward.

Light, Front. Every bicycle operated on the streets of Lincoln, paved walkways through city parks or on Lincoln's designated pedestrian-bicycle trails between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise shall be equipped with a white light that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet from the front on a clear night. The light shall be directly attached to the bicycle or worn by the bicycle’s operator.

Light, Rear. Every bicycle operated on the streets of Lincoln between one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise shall be equipped with a red light that is visible for a distance of at least 500 feet from the rear on a clear night. The light may be directly attached to the bicycle or worn by the bicycle's operator. (Ord. 18042 §1; July 29, 2002; prior Ord. 15649 §11; July 9, 1990: P.C. §10.64.080: Ord. 13057 §1; December 15, 1980: Ord. 11981 §6; May 16, 1977: Ord. 5699 §1508; April 12, 1954).