Open: Friday - Sunday (9am - 7:30pm)
May 1 - November 1
Feel free to text (402.803.0587) to check the status of the trail.
As a guest of Junto Wine, you are welcome to use our hiking and biking trail. The trail begins and ends at the top of the hill just north of the Event Center.
Please don’t use the trail when it is marked as closed, or outside of the posted hours, without getting prior approval.
This is a 5 km (3.1 mile) trail. It is difficult terrain. It would be a good idea to take some water with you. During your hike, you will pass through most of the geological features and primary plant types found in this part of Nebraska- tall grass prairie, short grass prairie, oak and cedar forests, pine forests, and even a couple of vineyards. You are also likely to see a variety of wildlife- whitetail deer, wild turkey, pheasant and quail, hawks, owls, vultures and dozens of different bird and small mammal species, and maybe one or two we won’t mention. If you look to the southeast when you are on the high points of the trail, particularly between the 2.4 and 2.5 mile points, you will see the State Capital. At about the 2.5 mile point, you’ll have a good view of our “Bohemian Alps” capital- the village of Garland water tower, a little to the west of straight north, and also the Middle Creek Lutheran Church steeple to the northwest.
A few rules- you are welcome to hike, bike or jog the trail. No motorized vehicles. We ask that you only travel in the direction shown on the map, and please stay on the trail at all times. In addition to the general hazards noted below, there are additional hazards that are difficult to see in areas off the trail. Please don’t disturb wildlife any more than necessary. No alcohol is permitted on the trail, and please do not leave any paper or other trash along the trail. No smoking on the trail, and please don’t light any fires. At certain times of year and under certain conditions the fire danger in this area is extremely high.
Now, the most important part: THIS IS A CROSS COUNTRY TRAIL. IT IS MOWED AND MINIMALLY MAINTAINED, BUT IT IS NOT GRADED, ROCKED OR PAVED. IT HAS BEEN TRAVELLED MANY TIMES, BUT AS WITH ANY CROSS COUNTRY TRAIL, PARTICULARLY IN THIS AREA OF THE STATE, THERE ARE BUMPS, DIPS, CLUMPS, STEEP INCLINES AND DECLINES, AND PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO TRIP OR SLIP. YOU USE THE TRAIL AT YOUR OWN RISK. IF YOU BIKE OR JOG THE TRAIL, IT IS NOT A TRAIL ON WHICH TO TRY TO SET YOUR PERSONAL RECORD.
Please also read and take note of the following notice pursuant to the Nebraska Agritourism Promotion Act: WARNING-UNDER NEBRASKA LAW, AN OWNER OF PROPERTY, INCLUDING LANDS AND WATERS, IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE INJURY TO OR DEATH OF THE PARTICIPANT IN AGRITOURISM ACTIVITIES OR DAMAGE TO THE PARTICIPANT’S PROPERTY RESULTING FROM INHERENT RISKS OF SUCH ACTIVITIES. INHERENT RISKS INCLUDE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE RISK OF ANIMALS AND LAND AND WATER CONDITIONS, THE ORDINARY DANGERS OF STRUCTURES OR EQUIPMENT ORDINARILY USED IN FARMING OR RANCHING OPERATIONS, AND THE POTENTIAL FOR YOU OR ANOTHER PARTICIPANT TO ACT IN A NEGLIGENT MANNER THAT MAY CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR OWN INJURY OR DEATH. YOUR ARE ASSUMING THE RISK OF PARTICIPATING IN THE AGRITOURISM ACTIVITIES FOR WHICH YOU ARE ENTERING THE OWNER’S PREMISES.