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Freeman Lake Greenbelt Trail

 4 votes

5.6 Miles 9.0 Kilometers


50%

Singletrack

79' 24 m

Ascent

-80' -24 m

Descent

799' 244 m

High

752' 229 m

Low

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

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An easy, wide loop around Freeman Lake.

Zack Butler

Overview

The Freeman Lake Greenbelt Trail encircles Freeman Lake. Although most of the trail is wide (almost doubletrack), some portions of it are paved greenway or park roads. With the exceptions of a few short, steep climbs, the trail is smooth and relatively flat.

The portion of the trail on the east side of the lake is natural surface. On the northern side of the lake (on the other side of Ring Rd) is a paved greenway which follows the creek to the veterans memorial. At the south end of the lake, the trail runs along the top of the dam impounding the lake. The remainder of the ride is primarily on paved park roads with low speed limits.

The west side of the lake showcases the Lincoln Heritage Home and a restored 1892 one-room schoolhouse. Just a few points of interest!

Description

The Freeman Lake Greenbelt Trail encircles Freeman Lake. Although most of the trail is wide (almost doubletrack), some portions of it are paved greenway or park roads. With the exceptions of a few short, steep climbs, the trail is smooth and relatively flat. This ride begins at the parking lot on Ring Rd.

The portion of the trail on the east side of the lake is natural surface. There are several side trails that go to neighborhoods surrounding the lake. A few spots are steep, with water bars, but they are short enough that a running start can provide sufficient momentum to ride up them. At the southern end of the lake, the trail turns and goes up an embankment that runs along the top of the dam impounding the lake.

On the west side of the lake, the Lincoln Heritage Home and a restored 1892 one-room schoolhouse are points of interest. Most of the ride on this side of the lake is on the paved park road, which has a low speed limit. Just stay close to the lake. Towards the northern end of the lake, you'll see a trail that runs along a causeway and a bridge; take this back toward the Ring Rd. parking lot.

Back at the parking lot, take the greenway tunnel under Ring Rd. The portion of the trail north of the lake (on the other side of Ring Rd) is a paved greenway along the creek to the veterans memorial. Ride the greenway back to the parking lot to complete the ride.

History & Background

Elizabethtowns Freeman Lake Park is home to three historical structures. Theres the Lincoln Heritage House: a double log house crafted in part by Abraham Lincolns father, Thomas Lincoln. Next door, youll see a restored one-room school house which was built with handmade shingles in 1892. The park also features fishing, walking trails, boating, picnic shelters, disc golf, lighted tennis complex and a bandstand.

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Sep 16, 2017
Bill Jones
Jun 25, 2017
Alanh Lalata
some areas are still flooded from the rain 5.6mi
Jun 24, 2017
Alanh Lalata
nice easy ride, good with kids starting out 5.6mi
Nov 25, 2015
Steve Roy
took my 9 year old out there this evening. nothing too treacherous for kids, just watch out for the walkers. you can stretch this trail out by a ... — 0h 35m

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