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Platte River State Park Trail Loop

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Platte River State Park

Platte River State Park Trail Loop is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near South Bend, Nebraska that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 797 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Camping Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Wild flowers Fee
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A park entry permit is required and may be purchased at the park, statewide Game and Parks offices and permit vendors or in advance of your arrival online.

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Reviews (336)
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Jeffrey Guthmiller
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Hiking

Ok; very busy on the weekend. Good for kids

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Mary Hagen
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Hiking

Good day trip outside of Omaha! We started off at about 10:00am on a Sunday and it wasn’t too busy. Listen to the other reviews, trails are poorly marked (not marked at all really) and the route listed on AllTrails is not accurate. We did get a park map when we arrived but the trails aren’t too clear on it either. All in all, if you’re looking for a fun hike this is a good choice. It’s super shaded and has lots of elevation gain. This trail listing says about 795 ft but my Apple Watched listed 984ft for a 4.06 mile hike. We didn’t do the full trail, so I am sure you could add more to that. Once you get past the “waterfall,” most of the traffic drops off. We saw deer and there are streams throughout.

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Penny/Ron Buller
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Hiking

Encountered more mountain bikers on east loop than west loop. Everyone was courteous and had a good hike.

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Laura Baca
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful hilly hike. Saw a fox!

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Adam White
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Hilly and challenging, but doable as a family! Loved it.

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Penny/Ron Buller
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Hiking

Nice hike with a lot of elevation changes and shade.

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Rod Cozine
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Hiking

I loved it....very hot 95 out today...but almost all in trees so really enjoyed it....i will be back.

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Jacque Rose
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HikingGreat!

Was hoping it got closer to the water.

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Damien Ark
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Hiking

too many families and kids being extra loud. no run to enjoy yourself being alone when walking. insanely busy. listen to the nature and not your own voice people. trails aren't marked well. no maps anywhere to be found as well. waste of gas money.

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Griffin Wolf
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Hiking

Pretty crowded and simple trails

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Charles Johnson
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HikingFee

Nice trails for the adventuresome without a dog, call ahead for conditions because many of the steeper trails are clay and could be very slippery if wet. The east side of this park's trail system is not easy by any means. Best times to hike are on weekdays or off season. This park puts money into it's cabins and trail riding horses, not so much it's trails.

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Jim Megerson
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Running

Nice trail with plenty of elevation for the family

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Scott Damery
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HikingBugsMuddy

not much view but good wide trail, little muddy and buggy. looks good got booking too

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Vanessa Jewell
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Hiking

Beautiful area with a (busy) waterfall. Park entrance fee. Observation tower to overlook the river and woods. IMO it’s one of the more beautiful areas/parks just outside of Omaha. Can get busy in the weekends.

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Ethan Stohs
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WalkingOff trail

Quite a few pieces didn’t match up with the trail but a very good hike overall.

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Jillian Petersen
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Hiking

Good easy trail close to Omaha. Took 3 kids and 1 in a pack and they had a blast. Waterfall was pretty but very busy.

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Kelsey Lowe
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Brandon Dennis
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Hiking

This is my “to go to place”. Best spot around Omaha. It’s a most try if you love hiking.

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Brian Rom
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Walking

Trails are not very well marked so it’s easy to get disoriented even with a park map.

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James Van Bruggen
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good trail. slippery when wet!

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Jackson Dean
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HikingMuddy

Great trail but turns into a maze. A lot of turns and easy to get lost. Really slippery when wet.

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William Treyson
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HikingMuddy

Great trail! Got there on Saturday morning about 8-830 and there was minimal people. Simple route and good views! Get there early because on the way back from the river view was packed with people.

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Julia Laing
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Hiking

The trail isn’t marked well so it’s easy to get off the trail. We didn’t end up doing all of it once it got crowded because it’s a narrow trail so hard to maintain distance from others but overall, it was nice aside from that. I recommend doing the loop without the waterfall if you want a more isolated hike!

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J Adams
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HikingBridge outMuddyRocky

nice trail lots of unmarked off shoots just be careful to stay in boundary of park. medium to hard terrain, one bridge was put and had to do stream crossing not bad just watch step. good hike overall

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Jennifer Coon
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HikingBridge outBugs
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