Lincoln, NE

University of Nebraska, Capitol, Near South Run

Creative Commons: Andyring

This is a delightful run in central Lincoln, combining the campus of the University of Nebraska, approach to the Capitol, and some attractive residential neighborhoods just south of downtown. We’ve created a straight-shot route from the University to South St., ~3 miles north-south, that can be used as a guideline to create your own route.

University of Nebraska. David Silver
Near South neighborhood. Google Street View

At the north end, the University of Nebraska has an attractive campus, with nice pedestrian paths. Be sure to include a lap or two around the running track (next to the stadium, Vine & 14th), and the paths between Vine St. & Q St. north-south and Stadium St. & 16th St. west-east. Then, head south on Centennial Mall, which is a straight-shot approach to the Capitol with its iconic tower (the second-tallest Capitol in the United States!). Do a little loop around the Capitol and continue south, using S 15th St./Goodhue Blvd. (wide, tree-lined street) as an anchor. The Near South neighborhood, between S 13th St. & S 27th St. features many of Lincoln’s grand historic homes, set back on lovely, tree-lined streets.

Add-Ons: At the University of Nebraska end, the Salt Levee Trail is just west, and the Mopac Trail/Rock Island Trail is just east.

Essentials
  • Create your own route. It's ~3 miles north-south from the University of Nebraska to South St.
  • Flat
  • Anywhere in the downtown/University area