It’s coming up on the perfect time of year to go hiking and trail biking, in my opinion. The temperatures are starting to cool down and soon the leaves will start bursting with fall colors. If you’re looking for a great place to spend a relaxing day outdoors, visit one of these 15 Nebraska trails to get lost in nature for a while. (
Click here to check out our first list of 20 great Nebraska trails!)
Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, Nebraska City
There are some very fun stops along this wooded trail that kids and grownups will enjoy discovering.
Ash Hollow State Park, Lewellen
Paths through the park lead to some interesting sights, including an ancient Native American shelter cave, a 100-year-old stone schoolhouse, and ruts made by the wagon wheels of pioneers.
Boyer Chute National Wildlife Refuge, Washington County
Several miles of hiking trails cross through this nature area right on the Missouri River. It's the perfect place for wildlife spotting.
Branched Oak State Recreation Area, Raymond
Branched Oak has something for just about everyone. It's a pretty big place with miles of walking, biking, and horse trails to explore.
Chadron State Park, Chadron
Chadron State Park is a place you really have to see if you haven't already. It's a beautiful natural spot with a wide variety of trails for hiking and biking.
Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Bayard
You obviously can't climb to the landmark's pinnacle, but there are some pretty trails running through the park. You can't beat the landscape!
Halsey National Forest, Halsey
This pine forest in the middle of the sandhills is such a unique place to spend a day (or more) exploring on foot or on ATVs.
Holmes Lake, Lincoln
A two-mile trail loops around this lovely lake. It's an easy stroll and the park is very family-friendly.
Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Crofton
Whether you're visiting for a day or camping for a week, Lewis and Clark is packed with beautiful views and plenty of things to do, including some nice hiking.
MoPac Trail, Lincoln and surrounding areas
The MoPac Trail is popular with cyclists and runners; much of it is wooded and it feels like you're far away from the city.
Neale Woods Nature Center, Omaha
This forest in the city has a boardwalk trail or dirt trails if you feel like venturing a bit further into nature.
Pawnee State Recreation Area, Lincoln
Pawnee State Recreation Area encompasses more than 1800 acres. It's a completely fantastic place to watch wildlife while you're hiking the extensive trails.
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park, Jefferson County
This historic spot features some wonderful restored structures from its old pioneer days, and you can still see wagon wheel ruts from Oregon Trail travelers. There are about four miles of hiking trails on the site that let you walk through a significant part of Nebraska's history.
Smith Falls State Park, Cherry County
This park isn't all about the waterfall - there are some beautiful wooded trails all around the park where you can enjoy some of Nebraska's finest scenery.
Two Rivers State Recreation Area, Waterloo
Two Rivers is a really fun place to camp - especially since the installation of ten converted caboose cabins - but it also offers up some great hiking trails.
With such beautiful scenery all around us, it’s a wonder we ever spend any time inside! What’s your favorite trail in Nebraska? Let us know in the comments.