Omaha: Platte River State Park

In 3.3 miles, hike two loops—one leads to campsites and a lovely waterfall, while the other sneaks along ridges and gullies perfect for nature photography.

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Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.0



Location: 40.9907188415527, -96.2128829956055

Before you go: Climb the 85-ft. tower for big panoramas over the green treetops and blue strands of the Platte River.

Trail leads NW onto a lush lawn with Indian tepees


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Turn R; turn L @ bridge, up fairly steep hill and stay on the northernmost track along barbed-wire fence


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Trail crests hill near tent platforms (permit required); swing SW to park’s amphitheater. Cross paved lot and pick up trail again to L of stage


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Turn L, staying on trail under a hardwood canopy


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R @ Y; cross bridge to a small cascade which transforms into icicle shapes in winter. Continue along creeklet


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Cross bridge; go R @ 2nd bridge, backtracking uphill. Just after WPT 2, turn L onto side trail; this starts 2nd loop


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Continue straight. This leg of the hike runs a beautiful wooded ridge with lots of deer tracks


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Leave ridge; drop into Owen Crossing (RR bridge on L); continue E


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After a short climb past a few spur trails, turn L onto horse path that snakes through hardwood-dominated gullies


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Waterfowl call from Platte River islands. Keep winding though woods


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Turn R; head W. In .1 mi., this trail rejoins WPT 9. Continue straight, backtracking to trailhead