Picnicking/Shelters Waubonsie is a great place for a family picnic. A scenic open picnic shelter may be reserved online through the park reservation system. Camping There are 40 campsites, 24 with electrical hookups, modern shower and rest room facilities and a trailer dump station. The equestrian campground contains 32 campsites and non-modern rest room facilities. Advance campsite reservations can be made online through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Trails There are 7 miles of foot trails and 8 miles of equestrian trails winding along windswept ridges down into gorges and valleys. Waubonsie offers the hiker a wonderful experience. The scenery along the trails is incomparable. The horseback rider will likewise enjoy the trails and the opportunity to use the equestrian campground. The Sunset Ridge Interpretive Trail provides visitors a chance to learn about many of the park's important plants and trees, as well as enjoy some tremendous views. Waubonsie State Park is a site on the national Lewis and Clark Historical Trail. Wa-Shawtee Addition In 2005 the former Wa-Shawtee Girl Scout Camp (642-acres) was purchased as an addition to Waubonsie State Park. This greatly expanded the types of recreational opportunities available in the park to include fishing, seasonal and year-round cabin accommodations, youth group camp and a year-round day-use rental lodge. A new road now connects Waubonsie and Wa-Shawtee. Eventually Wa-Shawtee will have two additional family cabins, a remodeled Nature Center and Dining Hall, new trails, picnicking areas, and improved shoreline fishing opportunities. Cabins Most of the buildings that formerly served as staff living quarters in the Wa-Shawtee camp have been remodeled into rental modern family cabins and camping cabins. Three year-round family cabins are available that vary in size from studio (Kahiga), two-bedroom (Mischanaka) and three-bedroom (Shagbark). All have kitchens, bathrooms, heat and air-conditioning as well as stone fireplaces. Five camping cabins are also available, two are year-round and are quite spacious. The 1400 square-foot (ADA accessible) Windy Knoll camping cabin sleeps 10, and the 800 square-foot Chinquapin camping cabin sleeps 4. Amenities include full heating and air conditioning, a kitchenette (microwave & refrigerator - no running water - water available outside), comfortable furniture, wood fireplaces, beautiful hardwood floors, outdoor fire rings and grills. Three other smaller camping cabins (Administration, Hide Away, and Cook's Cabin) are also available but only through the normal recreation season. They have air-conditioning but no heat. Restroom and shower facilities for all camping cabins are available in the Waubonsie campground; quaint outhouses also accompany each camping cabin. All of these cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system. In the future, two more cabins are slated to be remodeled as modern family cabins with full restroom facilities. Day-Use Lodge The former Nature Center of the girl scout camp is available for group rentals year-round. This building will be renovated and updated in the future. Fishing Visitors to Waubonsie can now enjoy access to Wa-Shawtee's peaceful little fishing pond, the seven-acre Lake Virginia. The lake which boasts a good stock of channel catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill is also a great opportunity for canoeists and kayakers. Onsite parking is available with boat ramp access. Regulations include an Electric Motor Only restriction.
Great place to hike with family. Wonderful views (I imagine they would be even better in the fall) when you reach the trail at the side of the bluff/hill, a little steep on the trail to get there, but nothing too difficult to handle. Worth the stop for sure.
Waubonsie state park has 7 miles of hiking trails and 8 miles of equestrian trails that you can hike. The area is hilly but not too strenuous. The park is all trees, hills, and valleys. You can see deer, turkeys, and a variety of birds. The trails are wide and well kept and have benches every mile or so as well as informational signs to read. We have hiked here at different times throughout the year and always enjoy it.
Beautiful sights looking out over Iowa/Nebraska! Went in January 3rd and the trails were beautiful with the snow covering the trails! If you're in the area and are looking for something to do, I definitely suggest going and walking through!
My wife and I walked the Bridge trail with some of our relatives. It was a nice hike, however the signage along the way could be repaired. There were areas that directional signs should have been, but the signs were missing. Great scenery however and a nice place to hike. We will be back to hike more of the trails.
It must be said that I am a backpacker. Give me miles of trails and room to pitch a tent along them and I'm satisfied. However, I also have a family, and that family enjoys the outdoors, but their idea of it is not as extreme as mine. Waubonsie State Park was perfect for them. We rented a cabin, just under $100 a night which came with indoor plumbing, two bedrooms (with doors) indoor fireplace, working kitchen (stove and microwave). A/C and heat, all in a great location. Out back there was access to a fire-pit and even a platform deck built to overlook the woods (Cabin #3). The trails are all pretty short (with exception to the equestrian trail, 5mi) but were filled with beautiful scenes. When my family wants to enjoy the outdoors, this is the first place I'll check.