Chief Standing Bear TRAIL


Chief Standing Bear Trail is the result of a multiple-year rail-to-trail project that converted an abandoned railway line to a crushed limestone path for runners, walkers, and bikers. The trail runs from Beatrice, Nebraska south and east to the Kansas state line and on to Marysville, Kansas in the valley of the Big Blue River. In Nebraska the trail roughly follows the path that Chief Standing Bear and his people took from their Oklahoma reservation to their ancestral homelands along the Niobrara River in northern Nebraska. The Homestead Conservation and Trails Association is a nonprofit entity charged with managing and maintaining the trail.

Sunrise marks the beginning of a new day

Users of all ages appreciate the trail's surface

Why not enjoy the trail with a few friends today?

An old railway bridge with new life!

A few rules, to maximize trail enjoyment for everyone

Picnic shelter at Blue Springs Trailhead

Bike repair station, bike racks, and restroom at Blue Springs Trailhead

Restrooms, drinking fountain, bike rack, and picnic shelter at Holmesville Trailhead

Blue Springs Trailhead

  • Parking

  • Restrooms

  • Picnic shelter

  • Bicycle repair station

  • There is NOT currently drinking water available at this site; we are working on a solve

Barneston Trailhead

  • Parking

  • Restrooms

  • Drinking water (in season)

  • Electrical outlets in picnic shelter

  • Future campsites, RV hookups planned

Holmesville Trailhead

  • Parking

  • Restrooms

  • Drinking water (in season)

  • Picnic shelter

  • Bicycle repair station (COMING SOON!)

Beatrice 6th & Perkins Streets Trailhead - maintained by the City of Beatrice

  • Parking

  • Restrooms (on site coming soon; public restrooms available nearby)

  • Drinking water (coming soon; services available nearby)

  • Picnic shelter

  • Connection to Homestead Trail

Contact us with questions, report an issue, or submit pictures for the site at

Homestead Conservation and Trails Association

A 501(c) (3) nonprofit - 100% of donations made will go toward maintaining and improving the trail

Mailing Address:


PO Box 183

Beatrice, NE 68310

Donate via paypal Or credit/debit card using the button below, or scan the qr code!

It was brought to our attention that the Donate button does not function on Android devices. We are working on a solve. The QR Code does work as expected.

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