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 pavement repair affecting trails
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.