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Indian Cave State Park

Platte River Basin + Eastern Nebraska, Nebraska

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  • The park offers 22 miles of hiking and biking trails.- Indian Cave State Park
  • The trails are well kept but can be muddy at times.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Hardwood forests cover the rolling hills and bluffs.- Indian Cave State Park
  • There is a trail for everyone at this park. - Indian Cave State Park
  • The Missouri River winds in the distance.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Benches and shelters can be found periodically along the trail.- Indian Cave State Park
  • The park offers two concrete ramps to the Missouri River. - Indian Cave State Park
  • The forest and meadows surrounding the trails in Indian Cave State Park.- Indian Cave State Park
  • The Missouri River. - Indian Cave State Park
  • Wildflowers are on display in the spring and summer.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Wildflowers are on display in the spring and summer.- Indian Cave State Park
  • One of the well maintained trails in Indian Cave State Park.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Stairs constructed into the trail. - Indian Cave State Park
  • An unidentified species of butterfly in Indian Cave State Park.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Stairs leading to the cave. - Indian Cave State Park
  • The cave.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Petroglyphs and ancient writing dot the cave walls. - Indian Cave State Park
  • Indian Cave State Park.- Indian Cave State Park
  • Prehistoric petroglyph of a bison. - Indian Cave State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Something for everyone.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Platte River Basin + Eastern Nebraska, NE
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit self-issue on site: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Indian Cave State Park is home to more than 3,000 acres overlooking the Missouri River. It is named after an impressive sandstone cave containing awe-inspiring petroglyphs. These petroglyphs are prehistoric Native American depictions of life from a time nearly forgotten. Buffalo and hunters are some of the images that can be deciphered in the sandstone.

The cave and petroglyphs are the main attraction to the park, but it also boasts an impressive network of hiking and biking trails that overlook the Missouri River, hardwood forests, and secluded areas. Indian Cave State Park also holds annual events and contains a plethora of history including the old river town of St. Deroin. Living history weekends and seasonal events make this a destination point for travelers and locals alike.

The hiking and biking trails total more than 22 miles, and there are 16 miles of equestrian trails. Benches and shelters are located periodically along the trail, and visitors are encouraged to pick up a hiking map at the main entrance. Wildlife such as deer, turkey, beavers, racoon, and endless numbers of birds can be witnessed along the trails. Naturalist programs and birding tours are available year round. Two concrete ramps give outdoor enthusiasts access to the Missouri River; wrangler guided horseback trail rides are available during summer and fall, and several shelters are available to reserve for events and celebrations.

Campgrounds offer primitive and RV options. There are 134 RV units with electrical hookups, and the primitive campground is open year round. Showers, laundry facilities, picnic tables, and grills are all located within the camping areas. For those who bring their horses to the park, there is even a group equestrian campground area.

Indian Cave State Park offers several great amenities and options for those wishing to explore the great outdoors, and it should be on the travel list for anyone venturing through the Midwest.

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