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Indian Cave State Park, Nebraska

Where you can look down on soaring eagles and feel the power of the Missouri River.

by: David McDermott

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Indian Cave State Park RR 1 Box 30 Shubert, NE 68437-9801 (402) 883-2575 Nebraska Game and Parks Commission 2200 N. 33rd St. P.O. Box 30370 Lincoln, NE 68503 (402) 471-0641 To leave a message to request brochures: (800) 826-PARK

Location: Straddling the Richardson-Nemaha county line, Indian Cave State Park is in the southeast corner of Nebraska.

Getting There: Take I-29 south from Omaha (or north from Kansas City) to U.S. 136 West. At Brownville, turn south on NE 67 and follow the signs down a dead-end state highway to the park.

Seasonal Information: Spring and fall are best for hiking. Midsummer is hot.

Park trails are open to backcountry skiers, but you should call ahead to check on snow conditions. Most park roads are closed to cars in winter but remain open to hikers and skiers.

Wildlife: The bluffs along the Missouri River provide food and cover for hawks, eagles, and coyotes.

Insects: High temperatures cause insect problems: mosquitoes around wet areas and horseflies elsewhere.

Plant Life: Rich soil has covered these hills in an earthen mantle of native prairies and hardwood forests. Established trails wind through both ecosystems, and the terrain can be challenging.

Facilities: By looking at its layout, you can tell this park is run with backcountry hiking and skiing in mind.

Parking: Three parking lots offer handy access.

Permits: Day, season, and camping permits are available at the park entrance.

Developed campgrounds are $7 per night; $3 extra for hook-ups.

Policies: Camping is limited to a 14-day stay.

Hazards: The cave is readily accessible, although the trail is steep.

Leave No Trace: Stick to established trails to avoid tearing up the plants that hold the soil in place.

All LNT guidelines apply.

Maps: A free trail map is available at the park office. Trails are very well marked. Topos are not needed.

Other Trip Options: The mighty Missouri River edges the irregular eastern border of this unique park.


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