Lincoln, NE

Wilderness Park

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Wilderness Park,  Lincoln’s largest park, is a popular spot for mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking/trail running. The 1,400 acre park features more than 17 miles of trails through dense forest, meadows and creek beds. The park is sort of long and narrow, following Highway 77 between Van Dorn St. and Saltillo Rd., ~7 miles north-south. Note that the trails can be narrow in sections. This map shows the various trails, and this page has information on the different trail options and seven trailhead locations — we recommend that runners stick to the hiking trails.

There are also several easier, multi-use trails that pass through or near Wilderness Park: the Jamaica North Multi-Use Trail lies in the former Union Pacific railbed that runs along the east side of Wilderness Park in the area west of South 14th Street, and along the west side of the park as it continues south. The Bison Trail heads for 3.5 miles west to Pioneers Park. The Salt Creek Levee Trail is just north of Wilderness Park.

Essentials
  • 17 miles of trails. The park length is ~7 miles north-south
  • Any one of 7 trailheads
  • There are 7 trailheads. See park info link

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Essentials
  • 17 miles of trails. The park length is ~7 miles north-south
  • Any one of 7 trailheads
  • There are 7 trailheads. See park info link