Ashfall Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Royal, NE that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until September.
The Ashfall site exhibits fossilized remains of ancient animals that perished in a dense volcanic ashfall . Specially constructed walkways afford visitors an unobstructed close-up view of paleontologists at work during the summer field season. Ashfall is situated on 360 acres of rugged rangeland in the scenic Verdigre Creek valley. Nature trails were developed to help interpret the geology as well as the flora and fauna of the area. Picnicking is permitted on the park, and campers can use nearby Grove Lake Wildlife Management Area near Royal.
Ashfall Fossil Bed State Historic site is a fabulous place to view dinasour fossils and learn more about our world. Great exhibits, great views of actual remains. Not much for a hiking destination, but a must do for interest.