Nebraska April 23, 2017
11 Amazing Nebraska Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love
It’s safe to say that we’re firmly in Spring now, and it’s time to get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather all around Nebraska. If you prefer an easy, leisurely walk over a strenuous all-day hike, these short and easy (but still wonderfully scenic) trails are just for you.
1. Homestead National Monument of America, Beatrice
The 2.7 miles of walking trails at the Homestead Monument wander through beautiful prairie and serene woodland around Cub Creek. The trails are wheelchair accessible, though the terrain can be uneven.
2. Toadstool Trail, Toadstool Geologic Park, near Crawford
This short, 0.8-mile loop takes you through some of the most unusual terrain in Nebraska. The spectacular Toadstool Geologic Park is the perfect place to go for an easy stroll through a landscape that looks like it belongs on the moon.
3. Antelope Creek Trail, Lincoln
You'll find a lot of other people enjoying this beautiful 2.3-mile loop trail around Antelope Creek, but it's such a great walk that you won't mind.
4. Norfolk-Skyview Trail, Norfolk
The serene Skyview Lake is the setting for this gorgeous 2-mile loop trail in Norfolk. It's a great trail for families and for watching wildlife.
5. Fontenelle Forest Boardwalk, Bellevue
Although you can hike many miles on the dirt trails in Fontenelle Forest, the boardwalk is an easy half-mile loop walk through the stunning wooded landscape. Along the trail, you can stop to enjoy a beautiful view of the Missouri River.
6. Ash Hollow Trail, Lewellen
There are four different trails at Ash Hollow, but the eponymous trail is an easy half-mile out and back trail (one mile round-trip) that takes you through part of this important historic Oregon Trail site.
7. Walnut Grove Park, Omaha
The paved .8-mile loop around the park is easy for walkers of all ability levels. If you want to take a longer walk, the trail connects to Zorinsky Lake Trail and the Q Street Bike Path. The path is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your leashed pups along.
8. Stromsburg Trail, Stromsburg
This scenic 1.6-mile loop takes you through Stromsburg, the Swede Capital of Nebraska. Enjoy the fresh air, quaint architecture, and beautiful town as you stroll this kid-friendly trail.
9. Daemonelix Trail, Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, near Harrison
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is full of unique history and incomparable sights, and this 1.1-mile trail shows you tons of both. Curious about the trail's unusual name? Check out our article about the fascinating
10. Schramm Park Trail, Gretna
In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful trails in eastern Nebraska. The easy 1.3-mile loop has been known to become overgrown in previous years, but it's in great shape now and such a lovely experience. Leashed dogs are welcome.
11. South Overlook Trail, Scotts Bluff National Monument, Scottsbluff
See Mitchell Pass, the Scotts Bluff Monument, the Oregon Trail Museum & Visitor Center, and lots of other beautiful sites from this easy 0.4-mile trail. Start at the Scott's Bluff National Monument Visitors Center and travel this asphalt trail
These are just a few of the easy but unforgettable trails in Nebraska. What are some of your favorites?
If you’re looking for new places to get up and enjoy the outdoors, check out our list of
15 trails all outdoor-lovers should take.