Category: Bike Trails

Rating: Easy
Surface: Crushed Limestone
Distance: 1 way: 11.35 miles

Welcome to the Steamboat Trace Trail! An Easy and scenic Rails-to-Trails ride along the Missouri River. This is a very easy, flat trail through the trees with the opportunity to see some Nebraska wildlife as you ride. The trailhead at the north end starts just a few miles southeast of Nebraska City.

How to get to Steamboat Trace Trailhead;

Take Highway 75 south and turn left (east) on the road to the power plant. Follow the signs and drive for 3 – 4 miles, the trailhead will be on the right. There is a nice covered shelter with picnic tables, bulletin board and a trail fee station. However, there are NO restrooms or water. Be prepared beforehand.

This is the north end of an old railroad line running west of the power plant offering a fun ride down to the college town of Peru, NE. This is not a large town, but offers several amenities. When arriving, you will find a small campground – picnic area and you have the old train station complete with water and restrooms. Venture into town and you will find several establishments offering adult refreshments and food.

 

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This is a short trail for bikers or visitors to the Louisville – Springfield area in Nebraska. The south Trailhead has a parking lot on the west side of the State Highway 50 bridge, and north side of the Platte River. Very scenic here, as well as being a very popular drop-in and get-out point for canoes, kayaks and tubers.

We suggest starting from the south end and head to Springfield and back. The trail north of Springfield ends abruptly several miles outside of town and is not maintained like the southern route. The proposed idea is that the last couple miles will be completed in the near future linking Springfied to Southwest Omaha (Millard, Papillion).

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The Park runs north and south for several miles along Highway 77 in west Lincoln. There are several trailheads where you can park and start from. Please remember some trails are shared by hikers and bikers, so exercise caution when riding. A Hybrid or Trail (mountain) Bike is best here. There are some small, hilly areas but nothing very difficult. Small stumps and tree roots occasionally dot the trails. The paths are pretty clean, but tire liners, puncture resistant tubes or slime should be considered.

Most bikers access Wilderness Park at the parking lot located near 1st & Pioneers Blvd, to the East of the Salt Creek bridge. The trail goes south from that point, and is multi-use for approximately the first 1.5 miles. Bikes cross the bridge at approx. 1.5 miles and continue south on the mountain bike trail. (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

The mountain bike trail ends in a parking lot on South 14th Street, about a mile North of Saltillo road. A shared bike/hike trail continues from 14th street, Southeast to 27th and Saltillo Road. This trail is located to the East of the parking lot, just across 14th street from the lot entrance. The Wilderness Park bike trail is approximately 10 miles long one-way.

Bridge 1Due to costly repairs, The bike bridge in the middle of the park has remained closed for several years, but plans are in the works to reopen sometime in 2013.  This bridge links the west side of the park with the east side.

For now, there is an alternate route continuing south, however you can not cross over to the west side of Salt Creek were the western trail head is located.

Important Notes Of Interest

There are NO restrooms, or drinkable water in the park. Be Prepared!
In several spots you can link up with the Jamaica North Rails to Trails, which in turn heading south turns into the Homestead Trail which continues approximately 35 miles to Beatrice, NE.

This is the trailhead at Pioneers Blvd
Plug this address into your GPS, Mapquest

402 Pioneers Blvd
Lincoln, NE 68502

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Scottsbluff offers a very nice paved trail starting from the YMCA Parking lot at 10th Str out to the YMCA Camp located in Riverside Park on the west side of town. Just a little over 2 miles long, or 4.25 miles out and back from the YMCA, the trail offers scenic views of the Platte River, views of the Bluffs and occasional wildlife. You see a great view of Scottsbluff National Monument off to south. Look closely toward the top left of the Monument and you can see the tunnel cut through it for hikers.

The trail offers a number of benches, picnic tables, and access to restrooms in the park.