General Overview of Trail
Nebraska is known as the "Historic Trails" state. The Lewis and Clark, Mormon Pioneer, Pony Express, Oregon, and California National Historic Trails all cross Nebraska. Other non-designated trails such as the Overland, Oxbow, Texas-Ogalalla Cattle, and Nebraska City Cut-Off Trails once laced the countryside. The Platte River, along which many of the trails run, is the source of the name Nebraska, which in the Oto Indian language means "flat water."
Most who rushed across the state to get to the California gold fields or to their land of promise failed to realize the riches that Nebraska held in its soil. With excellent soil conditions and plentiful water from the Missouri, Platte, and Niobrara rivers, Nebraska, for those who stayed, was the "promised land." Corn is Nebraska's number one agricultural crop, thus giving the state its "Cornhusker" nickname.
Detailed Trail Description
The trail is divided into 8 segments totaling 523 miles:
Omaha to Lincoln 104 miles
Lincoln to Stromsburg 69 mi.
Stromsburg to Doniphan 65 mi.
Doniphan to Ft.Kearny 41 mi.
Ft. Kearny to Johnson Lake 50 mi.
Johnson Lake to Maloney Reservoir 81 mi.
Maloney Reservoir to Lake McConaughy 61 mi.
Lake McConaughy to Colorado state line 52 mi.