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We planned this trip ahead but got out of lincoln late Friday on a rainy september evening. It was cloudy and raining lightly when we set out south on bikes from the beatrice trail head.
The sunset beneath the low clouds was full of vibrant colors backlighting the early fall color in the trees.
That feeling when you are looking down a breathtaking view of peaceful woodlands In the crisp clean cool air is magical. The solitude we had due to weather added to our sense of adventure and we instantly knew we would treasure the experience.
We were only able to ride to road 34 before darkness was setting in and the amount of water in the turf made the fine sandy limestone surface soft enough that our speed was reduced about 5 mph.
The sandy mud got everywhere and we all had mud rooster tails when we returned in total darkness.
The bridges and the views down creeks draws and gullies were amazing and the cornfields in the clearings were a nice golden contrast in the waning light.
The surface was slushy and we slid around a little but no issue for experienced riders.
Under canopy on a cloudy night is very dark and we had our lights on full bright to help avoid all the frogs coming out as darkness set.
Saw a few distant wildlife but not sure what it was, too far away and too dark but it's out there.
Amazing smooth trail with gentle grades and low risk of rough spots. The bridges are well kept surface and the trail head and facilities were pleasantly perfectly clean.
We will go again when trees have more color this fall.
There is a detour but you have to cross Dodge Street. Just wanted to share this info with riders. It closed now and will be for 5 months in this section. https://omaha.com/news/local/omaha-to-close-portion-of-keystone-trail-for-5-months/article_07b99bce-3852-11ee-bb43-3bcb2f7635e1.html
I read past reviews, and due to negative comments, I chose to ride the trail with a mountain bike. Most (85%) of the trail was in good (crushed limestone) condition, even following a rain the previous day. The only part of the trail that I didn’t ride (turned my bike around) was the portion about 8 miles south of the Nebraska City trailhead (toward Peru). The grass and weeds were so much covering the trail, except for two narrow strips, that the weeds whacked my legs and made the ride uncomfortable. The weeds were waist high. The weeds in this portion of the trail weren’t mowed on the sides either. I heard from another rider that this only lasted for maybe one mile, but since I wasn’t sure at that time I turned around and re-joined the trail (by vehicle) at Peru. After reading past reviews over the years it appears that folks are working very hard to improve this trail with great success. It’s a lovely trail. Uncrowded (I met three other people in two days) and really pleasant terrain. I do think wider tires are more suited (gravel or mtb tires). Thanks to whoever maintains this trail … and please consider mowing or spraying the weeds through the farm field area that was un-mowed. If farmers are mowing the sides and trail in other areas … THANK YOU!
This is not my idea of a fun bike trail. Lots of street traffic. You have to cross just about every major east-west street in Omaha.
Do not attempt to ride on the sidewalk as much of it is in disrepair. This should not be listed as a trail.
My go to for biking. Has no shade at all. good vibes tho
Good for biking/walking. As of July 2023 the lake is drained, floating bridge is closed and part of the trail is under construction. It is still possible to make a full loop including the floating bridge if you ignore signs and go around closed fence
We read reviews from this trail that said fresh gravel, poop on the trail, poorly maintained, bridge not open -- but they were all old reviews so we took a chance. It is a beautiful trail, well maintained with no poop and the bridge over the South Platt River is excellent and open. This is a trail worth going to and there is very little traffic. Weather was great! Just do it!
If you live anywhere near this trail and are looking for a quick 30-60 min ride- this is a great little trail. It’s paved the entire way - less a few transitions here and there- and is a very smooth ride start to finish. Plenty of shade for the bulk of the ride as well. Nothing too fancy, but if you have a limited amount of time and just need to go blow off a little bit of steam, this is perfect!
Parked in the new trailhead in Wabash NE complete with toilet facilities and gravel lot for 20 cars. Rode to Eagle and back. Clean and beautifully maintained crushed gravel trail. Nice bridges. You could probably ride a road bike on it because it was fairly smooth. I rode a mountain bike and my friend had a hybrid. Appx 27 mi round trip. Less than a 40 min drive from Omaha and 45 from Council Bluffs IA.
Parked in the new trailhead in Wabash NE complete with toilet facilities and gravel lot for 20 cars. Rode to Eagle and back. Clean and beautifully maintained crushed gravel trail. Nice bridges. You could probably ride a road bike on it because it was fairly smooth. I rode a mountain bike and my friend had a hybrid. Appx 27 mi round trip. Less than a 40 min drive from Omaha and 45 from council bluffs IA.
Surprised to see this amazing trail that has great bed and breakfasts along it is not noted as part of the Great American Rail Trail. It sure would help demonstrate more GART completion if it was.
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