Kearney has the historical significance of providing a haven for pioneers traveling the Oregon and Mormon Trails, and presently provides that same hospitality for numerous travelers on I-80, and for its residents. You will find that Kearney not only historic trails, but over 25 miles of community trails for residents and visitors to enjoy. The 8' wide concrete trails connect parks, neighborhoods, retail areas, schools, and attractions throughout the city. The trail system is equipped with a variety of amenities, including: wayfinding signage, mile markers (Cottonmill-Ft. Kearny only), water stations, bike fix it stations, pet waste stations, and seating areas. In addition to the paved trails, Kearney has miles of natural trails for those that like to mountain bike or walk through rolling hills, the prairie, and wooded areas.
Not only does Kearney offer traditional hike-bike trails, the city also has a 2.3 mile water trail. The entrance landing is located off 11th Street at Yanney Park, while the exit landing is located off Central Avenue behind Midway Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep. The water trail meanders down the Kearney Tailrace and Turkey Creek (N. Channel of the Platte River), and is designed for kayaking and canoeing. The typical season is from April-October.
Snow will be removed from the concrete trails after City streets have been cleared. Please avoid using the trail until the snow is removed.
Who To Call
To report maintenance, safety or other problems on a trail, please call the City of Kearney Park & Recreation Department at (308) 237-4644.
Any group interested in holding an organized public event on a trail can fill out the Special Event Application or contact the City of Kearney Park & Recreation Department at (308) 237-4644 for further information. The rental fee is $35. The City requires a $1,000,000 Certificate of Liability for all trail events.