Oak Creek Trail

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Trail Distance: 13 miles
Time Estimate: 5 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 390 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

How would your pup like a peaceful walk through the countryside? If this sounds appealing to them, grab the leash and head over to the Oak Creek Trail. What was once an old rail corridor for the Union Pacific Railroad is now a delightful trail that stretches between Brainard and Valparaiso.

From the southern trailhead in Valparaiso, the trail wanders through rural Nebraska and runs alongside the Bates Branch of Oak Creek. As your pooch trots along the trail, they’ll see pastures, wide open prairies, and shady oak woodlands. Since it’s very beautiful, you’d expect this trail to be extremely pupular. But it is rarely, if ever, crowded. Your furry friend can enjoy the relaxing sounds of nature while sauntering along.

Almost halfway up the trail, you will enter a small town called Loma. Before leaving the tiny community, be sure to check out St. Luke's Czech Catholic Shrine. Built by Czech immigrants in 1911, this picturesque chapel is just a short detour off the trail. After you leave Loma, the trail passes through more natural prairie before making its way up a scenic ridge and down into Brainard.

Keep in mind the trail has a slight incline when hiked south to north. If your canine buddy wants to walk the entire trail, be sure to arrange for a pick up and drop off, or park a shuttle at the opposite end of your starting point. Restrooms are available in Loma and Valparaiso, and water can be found at both trailheads. Be sure to fill up your water bottles before venturing down the trail; your pooch will definitely need a couple water breaks. Also, do your part to keep the trail smelling fresh by carrying some clean up bags and picking up after your pooch. Above all else, enjoy walking through the furrific scenery with your pal by your side!

Trail Features
Grassland, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, River
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Since this is a multi-use trail, your pup may encounter cyclists, joggers, or equestrians along the way. Be sure to keep Fido on leash at all times.
Address
State Rte 79 and W. 3rd St
Valparaiso, NE 68065
Hours
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Address
State Rte 79 and W. 3rd St
Valparaiso, NE 68065
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours