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love this unrated place.

hiking
1 day ago

Historical value, nice wagon exhibits, fun to see the swell/depression of the trail. doable by most even with limited mobility.

hiking
2 days ago

Kinda an mix of sparce forest and prairie. Chadron is a nice park with a lot of amenities.

Amazing... like you're on another planet when you're there! Bring some shoes that you don't mind getting dirty and that have good traction so you can climb all the cool hills and rocks!

BRING BUG SPRAY! We used 40% Deet and did pretty well against the mosquitos. Anything less that that you might as well just run back to the car!

Beautiful scenery and just a really nicely maintained trail that almost anyone could walk.

Once we got to the top, the views of the surrounding valleys were amazing!

A fun trail that is well maintained and easy enough for anyone to use. The views along the way are great and very picturesque!

Boring and short. Views of the city.

hiking
7 days ago

Really cool area, lots of fossils if you are paying attention.

Easy, accessible, cool fossilized burrows.

Nice paved trail, very accessible, easy. The visitor center is also very nice.

walking
23 days ago

We camp here annually for a family reunion and wander this trek. Lots of variety of birds, saw some deer while we were out this year. Yes it does go through some camp grounds but if your already here, why not walk around?

Our family enjoyed this trail. Paved, with some seating areas along the way that provide some shade. That was nice considering there are no trees on this portion of the plains and the day we did this hike it was 105 degrees. The fossil hill is very interesting to see. Never crowded, and the views of the rolling plains are beautiful. Away from the trail, make sure you go into the visitors center to view the Vault of Native American artifacts that were handed down to people who settled the land. It's an incredible collection

hiking
2 months ago

About 15 miles off the main highway in this area. 10-15 miles on a gravel road to get to it but well marked so you won't get lost. No visitors center, just a trail head and great rock formations. Sod house near the trail head to see. I think the fee was $3 and it's just a drop box with a sort form. Trail is very well marked and kept. Black posts to guide you along the way. Our five year old was with us and he absolutely loved this trail. We were in the area so it made sense for us to stop. We don't mind gravel roads in western Nebraska to find a good trail. About 20 miles from Fort Robinson, this would be your nearest area of convenience. If you are in the area it's worth the stop.

Will definitely do it again

Great well maintained trail paved the whole way. Go early, say 6:30 in morning when cool. Take a light jacket

This is a walk through campgrounds.

picked a cold day to ride and somehow missed the south end of the trail. not well marked at south end or I was just too tired to see it! beautiful trail. didn't see a human for over 2 hours

hiking
4 months ago

Walked trail 9, 10, 11 it was absolutely breathtaking with some pretty steep inclines which I loved, if your looking for an absolutely amazing day and a good workout with some breathtaking views I recommend this place, i drove 2 1/2 hours to go hiking here with my dog and the entry fee was $8 but that little bit of money for the parking ticket is worth every last cent

hiking
4 months ago

I think we picked a bad time to go as everything has recently been burned so the scenery was black and uneventful. The Indian Cave trail says “Dogs on Leash” however once hiking through a bunch of bullllshit because the markers and directions are a little confusing you finally get to it and it says “No Pets”. When you put in the trail in AllTrails it takes you to Trailhead 9, I believe. You hiked a bunch of wooded area until you come to the top where there is a campground sight and field. We took trail 11 because that’s where everyone said the cave started at. PLEASE BE CAREFUL, when I read all the stuff that Trail 11 was a “death trap” I scoffed it off. It is a very steep, very small and not well maintained trail down a cliff side. At some points if you were to fall it would be close to deathly. We hiked after a rain so add this trail plus mud with some grip for your feet is was miserable. At one point we were on our asses scooting down. You get to the end of it and the cave is nowhere to be found. Let alone no signs. However it says it starts at trailhead 11. Low and behold you have to walk down the road along the river about a football field and there it is, the big beautiful red staircase which said “No Pets”. All in all, was not worth the 4 hour drive. If it was closer it definitely is worth it. The park is giant and when everything turns green it will be beautiful. Plus, you can’t beat spending 5 hours outdoors and not seeing a single soul. Just you, the dogs and nature.

Neat views, if you look towards Chimney Rock National Monument you can see it on a clear day.

Well taken care of trail, many birds and small lizards. Watch for rattle snakes!! As you get to the hill areas look for fosils on the ground and in the mounds.

We enjoyed backpacking here. Lots of up and down hills. It was muddy but the views were worth it.

walking
6 months ago

Short, easy walk along the Niobrara River, then a wooden pathway leads back to Smith Falls. 5 stars for how much fun it is to splash around with our kiddo at the base of the falls; highly recommended!

hiking
6 months ago

Had a blast it's a very hiking friendly park. Very cool during Halloween

Quite stunning, if you can handle steep inclines it's totally worth it. Beautiful on a starry night overlooking the valley floor and lights below. Good trail in cooler months, good fall colors. Most scenic trail I've seen in Nebraska

hiking
8 months ago

Can't review anything you can't do. Drove an hour and a half to hike this trail and it's currently closed. They are burning off part of the park. Off to try a different one.

hiking
8 months ago

We just hiked trails 9 and 10 today. It was a beautiful day and the trails were well maintained and marked. I think we had the most fun on trail 10 and it provided some great views of the park and the Missouri river basin for as far as the eye could see. Also, there are some great campsites tucked back in on the trail. We are definitely going to come back for a hike and overnight camp out there as soon as possible!

hiking
9 months ago

This one can be a real butt kicker if you aren't in good shape as it's almost constantly up and down. However, the effort is worth it as the views from the tops of the bluffs are spectacular. Also, there are way more trails than what's on this site, so you can go a shorter or longer distance depending on what you're up for.

hiking
9 months ago

Not too strenuous and offers some fossilized beaver tunnels encased in glass. The trail climbs a bit of a ridge and gives a nice view of the surrounding area. It can be hot in summer; be prepared with water!

hiking
9 months ago

Trails are reasonably challenging and pretty well-kept, but not well marked. Asked for a map at the park entrance and was provided with a list (no map). The roadside maps are only vaguely accurate (e.g. there's a trail somewhere around here, good luck!).

I went in late summer and bugs were a problem, but this is to be expected in Nebraska.

By far the biggest disappointment was the "cave" itself. It's not really a cave, as it's only a few feet deep. The Indian carvings are laughable, as the walls of the cliff have not been even remotely protected from vandals over the decades.

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