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Trails

Trails offer something for everyone. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing are all trail activities offered within Nebraska’s state park system. Whether you are looking for a short walk while you are camping or looking for rugged mountain biking trails, you can find a trail that will suit your needs here at the State Parks of Nebraska.

Trail maps

Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas offer hundreds of miles of trails. Our interactive trails map is an invaluable resource for anyone planning a trip to a state park that includes hiking, biking or horseback riding. Search for trails near you, view maps and find information on trail width, surface, permitted uses and features found along each trail in the Nebraska state park system.
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The Cowboy Trail

Spanning 321 miles, 192 miles which consist of improved limestone surface, the Cowboy Trail is the longest former stretch of railroad to be converted into a trail in the United States. The trail allows for biking, horseback riding and hiking and spans from Norfolk to Valentine, passing through many small towns.
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Lied Platte River Bridge

This former abandoned Rock Island Railroad bridge near South Bend connects short trails on either side of the Platte River and offers a beautiful view of the river and surrounding scenery. Nearby attractions include Platte River and Mahoney state parks, as well as Schramm Park State Recreation Area. The Lied Platte River Bridge is managed by the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District.
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Hiking and Biking Trails

Nebraska’s state park system offers a wide variety of trails for a wide variety of uses. Rustic dirt paths, challenging mountain biking courses and wide, paved trails perfect for a family stroll are all available within Nebraska’s state parks and recreation areas. Many trails offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and scenic vistas.
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Water trails

Nebraska’s rivers flow gently, making them ideal for family outings as well as an excellent resource for those learning to handle non-motorized watercraft. On the International Scale of River Difficulty, Nebraska’s rivers generally rate Class I: Easy.
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Equestrian trails

Horseback riding can be a most enjoyable and relaxing way to experience the beauty of Nebraska. State parks throughout the state have extensive equestrian trails, and many have equestrian campgrounds, as well. Fort Robinson State Park in particular is well known for its equestrian facilities and draws horse enthusiasts from near and far.
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ATV trails

While Nebraska Game and Parks does not operate any areas for ATVs and dirt bikes at this time, there are other public and private entities that do offer motorized trails. A complete list of these areas, along with information about hours, trail conditions and other amenities offered, is available on the ATV trails page.
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Snowmobile trails

Snowmobiling is permitted at several state recreation areas under certain conditions. A list of areas and conditions is available on the snowmobile trails page.
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