Indian Cave State Park

  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Trail Rides
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Named for the large sandstone cave within the park, Indian Cave State Park encompasses 3,052 rugged acres bordering the mighty Missouri River. The park is well known for its beautiful camping and picnicking spots, as well as for its 22 miles of scenic hiking and biking trails. The park boasts sweeping views of wide, winding Missouri river and a majestic hardwood forest that puts on a spectacular show of colors each autumn. During the park’s annual Hallowfest each October, visitors can soak in the beauty of the season while partaking in hayrack rides, spooky campsite decorating contests, games, crafts and other family-friendly activities.

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Living history

History buffs will enjoy the restored schoolhouse and general store from the old river town of St. Deroin, where old-time crafts are demonstrated during living history weekends throughout the summer.


Indian Cave State Park is well-known for its beautiful trail system and offers 22 miles of hike/bike trails, as well as 16 miles of equestrian trails.

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River access

Indian Cave State Park has two concrete boat ramps offering access to the Missouri River. The interactive Missouri River Outdoor Recreation Access Guide shows public access sites for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and more on the Missouri River. It also serves as a navigation guide.

Fall events

Because of the spectacular foliage, fall is a very popular time of year at the park. Seasonal events including haunted hayrack rides, spooky campground decorating contest, pumpkin carving and more make a visit to Indian Cave State Park an autumn tradition for many families.

Other activities

Wrangler guided horseback trail rides are available in season, a boat ramp offers access to the Missouri River, and a covered picnic shelter can be reserved for celebrations and get-togethers. Seasonal events and naturalist programs are offered frequently; view the calendar for upcoming events.

Lodging Facilities

RV camping

The RV campground offers 134 units with 30-amp electrical hookups (22 of which also have 50-amp capability). Showers, modern restrooms, laundry facility and a dump station, as well as picnic tables and grills, are available for RV guests. Camping is available year-round, with reduced rates during the winter season. While electricity is available throughout the year, the water is turned off during the winter months.

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Primitive camping

The primitive camping area is tucked among the scenic hills and is open for use year-round. Showers are available in the tent camping area, as well as a water hydrant and electrical hookups. Grills and ground-level fire rings are provided. Additionally, there are Adirondack shelters along the trails for back-to-nature enthusiasts.

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Equestrian camping

Indian Cave State Park also has a primitive group equestrian campground area for those who bring their own horses to the park. Equestrian trails throughout the park’s hardwood forest provide for beautiful riding.

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Indian Cave State Park offers reservation of half of the electrical campsites up to one year in advance. The remaining campsites are available first-come, first-serve. Guests can plan vacations, check for availability and make their reservations online 24 hours a day, seven days a week or can call the Nebraska State Parks reservation call center at 402-471-1414, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
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Nearby attractions

Bownville and Verdon SRA

  • Brownville: Quaint, historic Brownville is home to museums, antique shops, art galleries, bed and breakfasts and bookstores, a theater and more.
  • Verdon State Recreation Area: Verdon State Recreation Area offers a spring-fed, 45-acre lake with shady primitive camping. The lake has largemouth bass, as well as bluegills, white crappies and channel catfish. Only electric boat motors are allowed on the lake.

Contact Information

Address: Indian Cave State Park | 65296 720 Rd | Shubert, NE 68437-9801
Phone: (402) 883-2575

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