The Homestead Corridor biking and hiking trail will soon connect Beatrice to Lincoln. Only 10 miles of trail between Pickrell and Cortland are incomplete. The trail runs parallell to U.S. 77, and should be completed this summer.
Beatrice has secured funding for the project. An STP transportation and enhancement grant is funding 80 percent of the project.
The total cost for the trail, which is being finished with a limestone-like surface will be about $500,000.
Eventually, the Homestead Trail will extend along the former railbed to Marysville. According to Traillink.com the Marysville Blue River Trail will be 8.7 miles in length and extend to the Nebraska border. Approximately 4 miles of the trail is currently open. I
n Nebraska the trail from Beatrice through Wymore to the Nebraska Border has not been completed.