Oak Creek Trail

Known as one of the state's most versatile and popular recreational trails, this 13-mile rail-trail serves the communities of Valparaiso and Brainard and provides a picturesque setting for activities including hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

photo:  Photo by Dan Schulz.

Length: 13.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Rail Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing

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Location: Valparaiso to Brainard, Nebraska, Horse trail connects Brainerd southeast to Valparaiso, c. 20 miles northwest of Lincoln.
1017 Delaware River Water Trail,

State(s): Nebraska
Counties: Butler, Saunders
Longitude: -96.9426
Latitude: 41.12661

Driving Directions

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Oak Creek Trail provides a picturesque experience along Oak Creek including native prairie, oak woodlands, and breathtaking views of Oak Creek as it meanders through the rolling hills. It is one of Nebraska's most versatile and popular recreational trails. The 13-mile corridor includes a limestone surface for bicyclers and hikers and a natural surface trail for horseback riders.

A bluebird trail parallels much of the main trail. The trail serves surrounding communities, including Omaha and Lincoln. The trail serves as an example of how rural communities can take advantage of a trail providing trailheads, restaurants, and gas stations for trail users' enjoyment and convenience.

The land was acquired through local efforts of trail supporters, construction of the limestone and bridges were financed by Federal grants, and the natural trail by completed by volunteers. The Lower Platte South Natural Resources District now holds title to the corridor and is responsible for on-going maintenance and improvements.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Elevation Low Point: 1,280
Elevation High Point: 1,670
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: American Trails Featured NRT

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Dan Schultz
3125 Portia Street
P.O. Box 83581
Lincoln, NE 68501
(402) 476-2729
[email protected]



 Photo by Dan Schulz.

Photo by Dan Schulz.


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