Ponca State Park Trails is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ponca, 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.

Length5.6 miElevation gain764 ftRoute typeLoop
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With more than 20 miles of trails, the park provides hikers and mountain bikers many opportunities to explore the park's backcountry.

State Park has full fee camping facilities; tent to RV to rental cabins. all amenties, showers, etc.

Ponca State Park 88090 Spur 26 E, PO Box 688 Ponca, NE 68770-0688 Phone: (402) 755-2284

2 miles North of Ponca, NE on Spur 26E. About 25 miles north/west of Sioux City, IA on the Missouri River. From Omaha, we are about 2 hours. North on I-29 to just south of Sioux City. Take the Highway 20 West turnoff about 14 miles. Turn North (right). It is 9 miles to Ponca from this point. Turn into the town of Ponca - there is a sign on each intersection and you will dead end into the park. From Lincoln we are about 3 hours. Take Highway 77 North to South Sioux City. Go west on Highway 20 to Highway 12. It is 9 miles to Ponca. Turn into Ponca, there is a sign on each intersection and you will dead end into the park.

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Heidi Goehmann
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Challenging but friendly for school aged children. This is a great representation of NE Nebraska’s rolling hills and creative landscape.

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Samuel Couch
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WalkingGreat!

trails were icy, muddy and a sloppy mess! we loved them! excellent views and walk! we will be back again soon!

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Dan Gisolf
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Ray McDonald
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Gintaras Duda
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Not 3.4 miles as promised. Lots of grown over path near the end. Great views of the river

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Chris Nerz
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Brandon Gutzmann
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Great ride - off-road trail was narrow, but worth it. Beautiful views! Can’t beat Ponca State Park, will be back.

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Clayton Pike
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Mountain bikingFeeGreat!Muddy

I absolutely loved the trails here! They’re great for mountain biking! My favorite trail is the bloodroot trail for biking, I highly recommend the bloodroot trail! The old oak tree is pretty cool, the trail to it is also really nice for biking! However........ if your planning on mountain biking the trails, be mindful of other people hiking the trails, there’s a few tight turns where hikers could be and it’d be easy to run into them. Since this is in the plains, there is a lot of climbing. but climbing is part of the mountain biking experience! Also the trails are tight and narrow in spots so always wear a helmet if you plan on biking. I highly recommend this place, it’s a really beautiful spot, heavy with forest and right on the river. I hope this helps you! Enjoy the trails!!

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Breanna Hansen
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HikingMuddy

Good trail. started recording late. wouldn't suggest after it rained.

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Mary Avila
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Nice trails but you have no way of knowing what trail you are on... Totally worth the beautiful and shady hike.

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Katelyn Kaim
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Nice trail but no markers or signs when it splits off by the roadways

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Power By Puppers
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My only complaint is that the route listed does not come close to following the parks trails. It also started out on the horse trails that are closed to hikers during the day so right off we had to detour and try to pick up the route later. Once we gave up on trying to follow the published route and just hiked the trails it was a wonderful experience on s beautiful spring like day.

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Austin Miller
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Decent trails, some small sections become tough, but only last 10-20 yards. Thunderstorm in the morning made trails a bit muddy, but still firm to walk on. walked off the trail for one downhill section to avoid mud. Well kept facilities, education/information at stops along the trails. Ranger asked conditions of trails when we came back as well.

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Alex Eden
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Heavy Heat with the history.

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Steve Watson
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The trail map that came with the All Trails app seems to hav been accidentally copied from one of the NASA Rover maps from a crater on Mars. I’ve done a lot of hiking and navigating but this time I was actually scared. Most of the time we were way off the map trail, surrounded by thick forest and deep ravines, with no clue how to get back to our campsite. Fortunately it’s summertime so no deadly blizzards to worry about.

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Derek White
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Very cool views of 3 states. Kept up very nicely.

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Dave Barsby
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I have hiked and cross country skied most of the trails. Rolling hills of hardwood trees over looking the Missouri river. Great state park in N.E. Nebraska

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Doug Neidholdt
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This state park is very well maintained. Tremendous amount of wildlife viewed while hiking. Great scenic overlooking the Missouri and Niobrara rivers. Terrain varied from heavy woods to prairie. Enjoyed the visit. I have been back a couple of times. Full fee camping, from tent, to RV, to cabin rentals. Cheap motels 2 miles away. A lot of history with the Ponca Indians and the Mormons.

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Roxanne Miller
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Andrea Buckley
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Tonya Schmitz
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Jon Curran
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Robert Standen
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Power By Puppers
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Josh Meis
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Abby McCoid
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Joni Steinle
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Chad Hermelbracht
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