Chief Standing Bear Trail

Welcome to one of Nebraska’s newest recreational trails ! Nestled in the beautiful Blue River Valley, this trail offers scenic woodland and river views with glimpses of rare vegetation and wildlife along the way.  Each of its four Trailheads offers full rest stop facilities with insights into the area’s rich history as well as landscaping in a variety of delightful themes.

We were featured in the October 2017 issue of Rails to Trails Magazine.  Most recently our trail builders, Ross Greathouse and Lynn Lightner, were named the Doppelt Family Rail-Trail Champions for 2017.

Ride the Trail with Us !

Chief Standing Bear Trail is a Rail-Trail which follows the Union Pacific Route whose original track was laid in 1879 alongside an Old Reservation Road from Beatrice to Marysville, KS.  On May 11, 2017, Nebraska Trails Foundation deeded over the 19.5 mile property to the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. The Old Reservation Road was the trail the Ponca’s were forced to take upon their removal from Niobrara, Nebraska to Indian Territory in Oklahoma in 1877.

Full facilities are offered in season
(April 1 to October 31)
with shelters open year round.

Blue Springs Trailhead


Chief Standing Bear Trail is a privately owned and funded trail. All donations and trail permit contributions are used to maintain and improve this trail. You are welcome to use the trail, but we ask for your support to keep this trail in prime condition for walking, running and biking. Trail permit boxes are located at the trail heads in Holmesville, Blue Springs and Barneston. In addition you can make a donation here with PayPal or a credit card.

VOLUNTEER !  Do you enjoy working in the countryside with a group of great people ? The HCTA is always looking for volunteers to help us maintain this beautiful Trail.  Currently the HCTA is offering a 2019 Family Season Pass for volunteers who pledge 4 days of service on the trail in 2019. Contact us for more information !