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.
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.
Types of Trails
Hiking and Biking Trails
Nebraska’s state parks offer trails for a variety of uses. Find rustic dirt paths, challenging mountain biking courses and wide, paved trails perfect for a family stroll, wildlife viewing or scenic views at state parks across the state.
Nebraska’s rivers flow gently, making them ideal for family outings as well as an excellent resource for those learning to handle nonmotorized watercraft. Nebraska’s rivers generally rate as “easy” on the river difficulty scale.
Horseback riding can be an enjoyable and relaxing way to experience the beauty of Nebraska. State parks across Nebraska have extensive equestrian trails, and many have equestrian campgrounds, as well.
Snowmobiling is permitted at several state recreation areas under certain conditions. A list of areas and conditions is available on the snowmobile trails page.
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.
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.
A park entry permit is required to visit state parks and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors, or in advance of your arrival online. View those fees, as well as attraction and amenity pricing.