5 Great Hiking Trails in Nebraska

By Katie Griffing

5 Great Hiking Trails in Nebraska

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Nebraska is home to numerous top-notch state parks with well-maintained hiking trails and fun activities for all ages. If you’re looking for a fun weekend escape, there are plenty of places in Nebraska where you and your family can be one with nature. Here are 5 excellent hiking trails for families to explore in Nebraska. 

1. Heron Haven, Omaha, NE

This wetland sanctuary includes some excellent trails around the marsh and family-friendly events such as 2nd Saturdays which offer educational programs geared toward families with children. On the Heron Haven trails, you’ll spot many types of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife creatures and critters.

2. Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland, NE

For a day trip from Omaha or Lincoln, take your family exploring at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. In addition to well-maintained walking and bike trails, the park also has an aquatic center, indoor playground, observation tower, and sledding and ice skating activities during the winter months for families to enjoy. Mahoney State Park also offers family-friend facilities for camping near the lake if you want to stay out exploring the trails all weekend.

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3. Fontenelle Forest, Bellevue, NE

The Fontanelle Forest has lots of children’s play areas as well as special activities for children planned throughout the year. For example, on Family Sundays the park invites families to come out and discover the forest. There are hiking trails for all ages and abilities so everyone can enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds.

4. Wildlife Safari Park, Ashland, NE

The trails at the Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland cover roughly two miles in a serene setting. Families can hike through the Wolf Woods, or head over to Frog Lake, and witness some incredible wildlife and nature up close and personal. The park is home to elk, deer, bison, and many more animals native to the state.

5. Schramm Park, Louisville, NE

For a family picnic with incredible views, visit Schramm Park in Louisville and explore the bluffs along the river. Take your family exploring around the trout ponds, aquarium, or the geologic display. The 1.3-mile trail at Schramm Park welcomes hikers of all skill levels so you can enjoy the pleasant sounds and wildlife with the whole family.

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