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Indian Cave Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Falls City, Nebraska that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 393 ft Route type Out & Back
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Please note that the cave is currently closed due to COVID 19. Indian Cave SP adjoins the Missouri river with high bluffs and rolling hills covered with timber and small meadows. The trails range from 1/2 mile to seven miles. A number of trails are interlaced so a hiker can continue for many miles without having to go from trail head to trail head. Primitive tent camping is permitted along hiking trails throughout the park. There are nine Adirondack shelters with fire rings. Group campsites are available, including a horseback rider campground. A 131/2-mile trail is designated for horseback riding. Supervised horseback rides are held Friday through Sunday during the summer and on autumn weekends.

Ample parking throughout the park. Fee camping from tent to RV, backpacking camp Horse camp, full Shower facilities and Restrooms, all the amenities you would expect at the state park. Historic aspects with remnants of old town and pioneer homestead.

Indian Cave State Park, RR 1 Box 30, Shubert, NE 68437 ph(402) 883-2575

Indian Cave State Park is located 10 miles south of the junction of U.S. Highway 136 and Nebraska Highway 67 west of Brownville, then five miles east on Nebraska Spur 64E.

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Ryan Nelson
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Stefanie Ramsey
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Fun and beautiful hike. This is a pretty steep trail in places, so be mindful of that before you go. It would be tricky in wet or muddy conditions.

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Katherine Hope
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Nature trips

I can’t wait to go back! The cave was closed so I definitely want to go back when I can go! It was a perfect day trip for me and my Aussie! It was dry but it hadn’t rained in about a week, I could see this trail getting unbearable when it’s been raining though.

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Kyndall Bedell
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Jason Orr
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Cindy Stavropoulos
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There seem to be several trails in this park and I completed this one today. It was challenging with steep, narrow dirt paths. Plus a wider path for which horses share. The prairie path is beautiful. The trail is well marked and thankfully no signs of snakes today because the warning signs kinda gave me the heebie jeebies. It is very woody and beautiful. The cave is still closed so that was a bummer. Will plan to return to get more familiar.

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Tyson Poskochil
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A trip on the south trails is well worth the view on the hilltops, and the cave with petroglyphs at the riverside. I ran into a couple snakes and a lot more insects the closer I got to the water, so watch your step on the way down. The north trails have some old structures and challenging twists, also with good views and some wildlife to view, so two trips here (one in fall, one in spring) were a good combination of color and exploration.

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christopher volsicka
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Mountain bikingNo shade

this was riding at Indian cave roads not trails. going up and down the steep hill.

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J-Lo Supermodel
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Be careful w ticks bring some bugs spray at all times and wear hats and long socks. Ticks are on the ground.

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Matt Chambers
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Hiked the trail with my wife, our daughter (5 yrs old), and our son (3yrs old). Cheap fee to enter the state park. The trail was a good pace for my wife and I, a bit hilly for our kids...but they made it the whole way through. There is a down hill slope in the woods that was washed out and muddy...rained a bit the day before and a bit on our hike. The kids had some trouble navigating there, so we had to help them out to avoid the mud and water run-off. The cave itself was closed, looked like from damage to the wooden walk way up to the viewing sight. The last end of the hike was on blacktop, which was great for the kids since the washed out area wore them out. Overall, nice little hike. Our kids enjoyed the adventure, and I'm sure they would have enjoyed it more without the mud.

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Shauna Hurst
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It was beautiful! Will be back as soon as the mesuems open!

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Brandon Jacob
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Over all very well kept up. The stairs to the cave is still closed due to water. A few down trees that were freshly cut up and moved out of the way. Beautiful day and great hiking! No bugs, no mud unless close to the water.

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Julie Hyde
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Not worth it for me. Trail was impossible to find and almost not walkable. Not kid friendly.

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Steve Shambeck
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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

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Carley Nelson
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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.

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

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Joel Green
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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!

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Keely C
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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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Jennifer Rodriguez
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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.

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

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David Kull
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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.

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tony tarro
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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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