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Mud Pies - Under The Snow
Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Expeditionary Walk
Saturday, 10:00 AM



Walking our trails is an experience unlike any other in the Omaha metro area. Fontenelle Forest owns and manages 2,000 acres of conservation land and 26 miles of marked trails within Fontenelle Forest Nature Center in Bellevue and Neale Woods in Omaha. These unique areas have been protected since 1913 and are home to many species of plants and animals. Trails of varying lengths and grades allow people of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the beauty of nature. Our one-mile Riverview Boardwalk and Gifford Memorial Boardwalk offer even paths for stroller and wheelchair access.

As you hike our trails, you will encounter ecosystems such as deciduous forest, oak savanna, prairie and wetlands. Although it is common to hike during the warmer months, the trails offer unique sightings during every season. In fact, winter and early spring are ideal times for wildlife sightings due to the reduced forest foliage. To learn more about what you may see and hear, please explore NatureSearch, our online guide to all living things in Fontenelle Forest and Neale Woods, and our Seasonal Highlights.

Trail Maps

pdfFontenelle Forest
pdfNeale Woods

Please note that non-members are required to pay admission prior to visiting any property owned by Fontenelle Forest.

Hiking Tips

  • Wear shoes with good support
  • Dress in layers appropriate for the weather
  • Bring binoculars and a camera
  • Mark your turns on your free trail map if you are unfamiliar with the trails
  • Don't forget to carry water! You may buy a bottle for water at The Gift Shop at Fontenelle Forest, or refill your own bottle at our drinking fountains. Neale Woods' facility is only open seasonally, so you need to bring water from home during off-seasons
  • Make sure that you read and understand all of our trail policies