Platte River State Park is an innovative area, where the Commission has implemented some intriguing concepts in park lodging, management and design. This up-to-the-minute facility offers a wide range of activities and lodging choices, while keeping costs to a minimum. The park sits about halfway between the state's two largest cities of Omaha and Lincoln. The 418-acre park merged what were once three separate areas Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp, Camp Esther K. Newman, and a 104-acre wooded area.
This was a solid trail to what I am told is Nebraska's biggest waterfall. It starts near some developed camp grounds to the left of the main park entrance and parking is $5, which can be purchased at the visitors center (to the right of the main entrance).
The trail wove through the forest, over several bridges, and went past a teepee. From there there were a number of different splits you could take, which mostly wasn't labeled. The bridges had signs which helped, but I found myself needing to back track at several points.
Bring bug spray. This wasn't the worst for mosquitos that I did but bug spray will definitely make your time more enjoyable. I did this hike in September and saw only one other family.
I was able to see some beautiful butterflies on this trail as well.
Rhiannon P. on Platte River State Park Trails
By far my favorite place to hike WITH DOGS in the Omaha area. The dogs loved it! Great waterfall area. Paths aren't congested. Nice options!
I hike from the waterfalls to Tee Pee village then back to the horse stables returning to the waterfall. After the waterfall I saw 4 other people until I was close to the stables. I shared the path with some horseback riders and refilled my camelback at the stables from the wellhead.
Susan S. on Platte River State Park Trails
Beautiful area that makes you forget you are in Nebraska. We usually take the waterfall trail. The last time, my 6 year old and I bought water shoes and just took the shallow creek as our path, from the waterfall on. So much fun!
Very cute park! I hiked to the waterfall. It was not so impressive and pretty small but how many waterfalls are you going to see in NE? :) I went in May and the woods looked very jungle like. definitely pretty trails along a creek and with several sturdy bridges.
ken k. on Platte River State Park Trails
Great hiking trail through a hilly wooded area. Hiked here several times winter and summer and enjoyed the lack of crowds.
great trail, offers a nice jogging path, then more of a dirt path and enjoyable hills to work your way up. I like the views, animals, yesterday I had 3 whitetail does watching me staying with my for awhile. I tend to see more people by the creek, after that its more enjoyable and isolated.
Had a blast out there, stumbled across what looked like a red tail deer, very cool to see one up close. Definitely was a little tough though getting through some of the trails, should've waited to do this one, since I hadn't gone hiking in a while
A great area to go hiking/walking with awesome views of the river, some elevation changes, and a good potential to see some animals! Only complaint I would have is that the trails/intersections were not well marked and with the trail map designed vaguely, it was easy to get lost.