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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much time will it take to travel the trails?
    That depends on whether you are walking, jogging or cycling!  Numbered location markers indicate every ¼ mile.  These markers are tied into the E911 system in case of emergencies
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  2. Are maps available of the trails?
    Maps are available on the C.A.R.T. web site and (www.columbusnetrails.com) and at Lake North trailhead and Caster Crossing.

  3. When are the trails open?
    The trails are open year-round.  Trail conditions depend on the season.  Some trails may be impassible in the winter.

  4. Who owns, operates and maintains the trails?
    These are your trails; please pick up your trash.  Trails are maintained by the sponsoring organizations with the support of C.A.R.T.  Loup Power District maintains the Two Lakes Trail, Bob Lake Trail, and Robert White Trail.  The City of Columbus maintains the Wilderness Park Trail and Pawnee Park Trail.  Platte County will be responsible for maintaining the Monastery Trail.

  5. Do I need permission to use the trails?
    A permit or permission to use the trails is not required.

  6. How much does it cost to use the trails?
    It does not cost anything to use the CART trails.

  7. Can I bring my pet?
    The trails are pet friendly, as long as your pet is on a leash.  Please pick up after your pet.

  8. Can I ride my 4-wheeler on the trail?
    No motorized vehicles are allowed, except handicap scooters, etc.

  9. For more information contact:
    Columbus Area Recreational Trails at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce
    Phone:  402-564 2769
    Monthly C.A.R.T. Meeting – Open to Any Interested Community Member:
    5:15 PM first Tuesday of each Month in the upstairs meeting room at Duster’s Restaurant, 2804 - 13th Street, Columbus, Nebraska