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Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area:
Branched Oak contains 5,595 acres with 1,800 acres of water. Several miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails are available. Throughout the fall, winter and early spring, the reservoir attracts many unique and rare birds. Park entry permit required.

Located 3.5 mi. north of Malcolm on Raymond Road with entry points from NW 98th Street to NW 140th Street.

Contact Information:
Branched Oak SRA
12000 West Branched Oak Rd.
Raymond, NE 68428-9728
Phone: (402) 783-3400

Wilderness Park:
The 1475 acre linear park follows the Salt Creek for about 7 miles and has approximately 20 miles of hiking and horseback trails. A 191 specie park checklist is available.

Located in Lincoln at 1st and Old Cheney, runs from Van Dorn and South 1st Street to Saltillo Road.

Contact Information:
Wilderness Park
Lincoln Parks & Recreation Department
Phone: 441-7847

Spring Creek Prairie:
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center is a tallgrass prairie nature preserve that contains 808 acres of land. In addition to the tallgrass prairie, some small wetlands and wooded habitats can be found. A bird list of over 200 species is available.

Located three miles south of the west edge of Denton; follow SW 98th St. south 3 miles to entrance gate on east side of road.

Contact Information:
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
P.O. Box 117
11700 SW 100th Street
Denton, NE 68339
Phone: (402) 797-2301

Pioneers Park Nature Center:
Pioneers Park Nature Center was founded in 1963 and is one of Lincoln's oldest and largest city parks. It has ponds, woodlands, prairies, wetlands, a stream and over 8 miles of trails to explore the 668 acre park. The Chet Ager Building provides a year-round opportunity for bird viewing. A 244 specie bird list is available. Admission is free.

Located in Lincoln on the southwest side of the intersection of W Van Dorn and Coddington Ave.

Contact Information:
Pioneers Park Nature Center
3201 S Coddington Ave
Lincoln, NE 68522
Phone: (402) 441-7895

For local lodging information, attractions, shopping and more, visit www.lincoln.org

Information Provided by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and www.nebraskabirdingtrails.com


Branched Oak photo provided by NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission


Wilderness Park photo taken by George Alexander


Spring Creek Prairie photo provided by Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center


Pioneers Park Nature Center photo taken by George Alexander