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Omaha is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground with plenty of scenic areas to explore while staying healthy. Omaha’s vast hiking and biking trail system is known as the Paths of Discovery.
A great place to start is the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. “Bob” is a stunning 3,000-foot walkway stretching across the Missouri River, connecting Nebraska and Iowa, and providing access to more than 150 miles of nature trails. At the base of Bob is the three-acre Omaha Plaza featuring an interactive water jet fountain, an environmental play area, and easy access to the National Park Service Visitors Center.
Check out the following walking and running options:
Within a short walk from the Old Market Entertainment District is the roughly 12 mile trail running north along the Missouri River up to Miller’s Landing and beyond. The highlight of this run is Bob the Bridge, where folks love to go “Bobbing” (which means taking a selfie while standing in two states at the same time). Ambitious runners can cross into Council Bluffs and continue along the Council Bluffs Levee Road for additional mileage. Or, you can follow the trail south from Heartland of America Park all the way to I-80, for about 3 miles.
Big Papio Trail
Bordering the Big Papillion Creek for nearly 10 miles, the Big Papio Trail starts in Hefflinger Park and runs south to Seymour Smith Park. The paved way crosses through several parks along the way, which are good options for parking and amenities. The most central part of the trail to downtown is the southern section between Towl Park and Seymour Smith Park, which makes for a good 8-mile out and back run.