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Indian Cave State Park Trails

Falls City, NE

Indian Cave SP adjoins the Missouri river with high bluffs and rolling hills covered with timber and small meadows. The trails range from 1/2 mile to seven miles. A number of trails are interlaced so a hiker can continue for many miles without having to go from trail head to trail head.

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Scotts Bluff National Monument
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

Really great hike up to the top of Scott's Bluff from the visitor's center. One of my favorite short day hikes I've ever done.

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Chalco Hills Trails
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

easy park for biking and fishing. Trails are paved and there are docks to fish off of. Well maintained and plenty of parking. Also, lots of turtles for the kids to play with.

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Indian Cave State Park Trails
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We went on a horseback riding vacation at Indian Cave State Park, it was our first visit to the park. The equestrian area was well groomed but not many level areas to park or to set up a camper or trailer. The only water source is a water wagon for the horses but the park personnel make sure it is full and the water is clean and fresh. There is a nice covered shelter area with picnic tables by the corrals and picnic tables, fire pits and tie posts around the area. The 12 pen corrals look nice but we were disappointed to see how muddy they were and even if the ground was dry how rough it was in the corrals. There is no drainage for these corrals and they were ankle deep in mud, we had to set up our own electric fence corrals on the grass for the four days we were there. A suggestion would be to thoroughly clean out those corrals and fill with sand.
The trails are wide, nice and for the most part well maintained. They were beautiful tree covered, fun trails, some easy trails quickly turned steep and challenging, they are also very slippery when wet! Want to be sure your horse is in shape for these trails! Be sure and get a park map marked for horse trails, not all trails are open for horses and can be misleading and you can’t ride to the historical sites. Trail heads are marked well but interior trails are not ,very confusing. The entrance into the equestrian area is narrow, it was a tight fit for our larger rigs. A note, the weekend we were there a black powder shoot was going on right next to the horse camp, very loud! All in all we enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the trails and had a great time riding the park!

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Indian Cave State Park Trails
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

We've been to this park twice and enjoy the trails. The park is far enough away from main roads that hiking here is very peaceful with no traffic noise. The trails are decent, although they do need to trim in some places and remove fallen trees others. We enjoy a little adventure and don't mind climbing over or ducking under trees, so if this doesn't bother you, you should enjoy the trails here. One thing to note is that the trails are very poorly marked and the park map doesn't quite match the trails.

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Scotts Bluff National Monument
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28 Completed 4 Reviews

We hiked to the top and took the NPS shuttle down. Very well maintained, paved trail. Great view of the city of Gering below, mountains to the west. Not only was the trail a lot of fun, the site itself has wonderful and very knowledgeable staff.

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Grassed Loop Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

despite what they tell you when you call the park phone number, the trail system is not maintained, nor is it mowed. The flood of 2011 deposited about 2 feet of silt over the preserve, burying the trails, which are now overgrown with tall weeds. If you can find the trails, it's like walking on beach sand, if you can get past the cottonwood saplings and sand burrs. frankly, the Boyer Chute seems to have been completely abandoned for all except motorists. If you plan on leaving the parking lot, you might find yourself wanting a machete.

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Scotts Bluff National Monument
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14 Completed 15 Reviews

Nice visitor center with lots of displays and information about the Oregon Trail. Also great photo op with covered wagons in front of the bluff near center. We drove to the top and hiked to the South Overlook and the North Overlook. Both were nice views and short trails.

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Desoto Bend Grassland and Cottonwood Traill
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

Easy trails for hiking and biking. Interesting wildlife and well maintained nature center. great for all ages. Don't miss the Eagles and Pelicans.

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Fontenelle Forest National Recreation Trail
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11 Completed 11 Reviews

My family has done this hike quite often. Very easy terrain for any age. Some interesting wildlife but not really away from the city.

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Fontenelle Forest National Recreation Trail
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36 Completed 34 Reviews

It has been almost 25 years since I've been in this park--but I spent a fair amount of time here back then. In fact, my husband asked me to marry him here! I remember it as a nice place with a variant terrain including some hills and a trail to the Missouri River. I know that I hiked more than the 1.8 miles listed for this trail--not sure if I've done the entire 26 listed in the description. It was a nice place close to the city of Omaha, but far enough into the wild to make it feel like an escape.

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