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Omaha by Foot

Omaha Parks and Trails

Pasquale Mingarelli

Omaha offers some excellent outdoor options for walkers and runners to see the city by foot.

Off the Beaten Path: Prairie View Trail and Recreation Area 

Omaha is home to natural prairie grasslands and many native prairie flowers and plants. Walk along Prairie View’s two-and-a-half-mile trail, featuring breathtaking views of Prairie View Lake. You may even catch a glance of a Blue Heron and other local wildlife. This is the ideal path for getting in some quick, easy exercise while taking in local scenery.

Location: 15 miles northwest of downtown Omaha, west of Bennington Lake.
Best for: Moderate walkers and runners, gravel path.
Phone: 402-444-6222

City Jogger’s Favorite: Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge 

More than half a mile long, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge links Nebraska to Iowa over the Missouri River. Catch stunning views every season from this spot (the fall foliage is the best). For ambitious runners hoping to add in some more miles, the bridge also connects to several miles of trails on either side of the river.

Location: 705 Riverfront Dr. 68102 on the Omaha side.
Best for: Walkers and low-intensity runners, paved path
Phone: 402-444-5900

For the Nature Enthusiast: Fontenelle Forest 

For a more secluded experience, head to Fontenelle Forest. Fontenelle Forest Nature Center encompasses several acres of preserved natural wildlife. Wild turkeys and deer often frequent the walking paths alongside walkers. The best trails are along the outer rim secluded from city life and traffic noise.

Location: 1111 N. Bellevue Blvd. in Bellevue, south of Omaha.
Best For: Long distance walkers
Phone: 402-731-3140

Classic Walker’s Choice: Heartland of America Park 

For a more urban trail experience, stroll or jog around downtown Omaha’s Heartland of America Park. Take in stunning riverfront perennials at this 1.5-mile perimeter park located near the Old Market. The center of the park features a fountain with a changing light show, visible in the evening. The walking paths of this park are lit in the evening, and the paths are all paved. Trails here connect to the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Bob Kerrey pedestrian bridge trails.

Location: 8th and Douglas Streets just across the street from the Old Market neighborhood.
Best for: Moderate walkers and slow joggers
Phone: 402-444-5920

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