With 3,052 rugged acres bordering the mighty Missouri River, Indian Cave is a pristine area, devoted to camping, hiking and backpacking, picnicking, nature and wilderness activities. Located 10 miles south of Brownville and 5 miles east on S 64E, Indian Cave boasts a variety of hardwood trees, shrubs and other flora. There are 22 miles of hiking trails in the park.

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

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
28 days 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!

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
1 month 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.

We hiked up 8 then down 7. Definitely a steep hike up 8, but it was dry and early November so no bugs. Gorgeous view from the top totally recommend it!! Will do it again with better planning. Phone service was spotty so plan for that also.

hiking
1 month ago

wonderful trial with my family. a bit steep in some areas.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

on Indian Cave Trail

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Began at Trail 9 and finished with Trail 11 and then hiked back along the River Road... made for a nice loop. Trail 9 was a good start as it has a long ascent up to the ridge, not too steep. Ending with Trail 11 was nice as we got to descend its steep steep trail. Trail generally well maintained but watch out for the stinging nettles hanging into the tight trail on 11.

hiking
5 months ago

Love this park! My husband asked me to marry him on this trail :) So I'm pretty biased, but I like it!

backpacking
6 months ago

I have hiked the trails in Indian cave state park several times, infact I've covered every inch of the trails here at least twice. The trails and scenery are pretty darn good, however if you're hiking during a hot month you need to bring ridiculous amounts of water with you as there is no water along the trail, only along the paved roads of the park.

backpacking
6 months ago

Bug spray, bug spray, bug spray. Get 25% or more DEET and bring enough for extra applications. The mosquitoes are terrible.

It was steep up, but tougher on the knees going down. It was nice and dry for my trip, but if it were damp, I can see some paths being impassable due to becoming mud chutes.

There was plenty of downed branches for firewood.

I started at trailhead 11 down by the cave, meandered up and around for a while before setting up for the night at the meadow between trails 9 and 10. I hiked back in the morning down 10 to see the sunrise over the river.

There are many overlapping paths you can take to shorten/extend a hike as needed.

multiple trail levels, lots of options. beautiful sceneries.

hiking
7 months ago

good scenery, nice hike need more Forestry.

the waldo trekking fellowship spent the weekend in these bluffs. great time at the clean back woods sites...pack in-pack out rule has been observed, mostly. hammock and tent friendly.

hills provided some challenge. 20 minutes unlaiden for water run.

be aware of ticks. and beauty. TRISH seems to think she is important enough to epitaph herself umongst the petroglyphs. WTF?

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