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Wilderness Park, Lincoln

#7 of 11 in Parks in Lincoln
Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The goals of the Friends of Wilderness Park are to promote sustainability, educate developers as well as the general public, conduct biological surveys, increase the boundaries, maintain the park for visitor use and bring in new members.
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  • Whether you're a kid or an adult, friends, couple, or family, this place is great. So much to do and see. Theres a huge mansion, grounds to walk on and identify trees, general store with frozen...  more »
  • Lincoln has many walking, biking, running trails. This one starts at Saltillo Lincoln, Nebraska and runs all the way to Beatrice, Nebraska. It is a beautiful trail mostly flat so walk, bike or run.....  more »
  • When heading down the San Gabriel River Trail on my bike, I am always happy when I see Wilderness Park. Just south of the I-5, it heralds that safe passage has been accomplished; the roughest, cutthroatest, homeless encampment-est, likelihood of having some thug throw a broomstick into your front wheel-est part of the trip is behind you... Southbound, anyway. Moreover, since Wilderness Park charges a couple of bucks for cars to park, it tends not to be filled with riff-raff. Bike friendly, clean restrooms, a paved walking path, a couple of small ponds filled with hungry ducks and, if the folks plying the water with fishing rods are any indication, a few fish, Wilderness Park is an emerald gem and a welcome rest stop when you've got the pedal to the... Well, just pedaling.
  • Some reviewers complain about the highway noise and yes, you can hear Rt 77 from the trails, but it's not intrusive and you can still hear the *many* birds, the flow of Salt Creek, and the breeze through the trees. It would be a great place for a morning run (but I wasn't willing to drive from my hotel to the trailhead - Lincoln is not a fun city to drive through - very few shortcuts). The Lincoln Parks & Rec website, IMO, doesn't do a good job of telling you where to park - it seems that they expect readers to already know the Lincoln area. I parked at the trailhead on Old Cheney Rd just east of Rt 77.

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