Explore the most popular trails near Falls City with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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2 months ago

We took tail head 10 because the head by the caves was closed. Starts off very steep and narrow eventually opens up. A few parts where it’s over grown and flooded but it’s just that time of the year. It’s a very fun hike and worth the 8 dollars to get into the park

Considering what it costs to camp here, there is no reason that it should be this poorly maintained. Good distance and cool views but crappy marking, plenty of blow-downs, and garbage everywhere. I must have looked like a nut swinging my trekking poles out front of me like some sort of reverse backstroke, but with all the dang spiderwebs, I didn't have much choice. All in all, it was a decent trip, certainly better than nothing.

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5 months ago

Had some very beautiful scenic spots to see and will definitely test you on the way up. A little muddy. Worst part was that the trail is not groomed nice...myself and the dogs had to go through some brush and we all came out with ticks on us. Pulled about 5 off of me, and 10 off my two dogs so far.

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5 months ago

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

one of my favorite hikes in nebraska. decent elevation gains when trying to prepare for harder hikes abroad. lots of mosquitos in the summer months. i made a video hiking this trail a few years ago to preview it. check it out here https://youtu.be/cWs-EiGKvys

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Sun Sep 23 2018

Not bad for Nebraska. Some decent inclines, decent views of the river, and trail is in good condition. Take bug spray!

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Thu Aug 23 2018

The description on the State park map doesn't match some of the trails. We hiked the trail 5 and 5a portion of the Hardwood trail. Lots of up and down action but the trail is very eroded from equestrian use and not well marked. I would not recommend hiking this trail in wet weather since there is no gravel and the soil can be very slippery.

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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Sat Apr 14 2018

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

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Wed Mar 28 2018

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.

Tue Feb 20 2018

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

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Thu Jan 25 2018

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

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Fri Nov 24 2017

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.

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Mon Nov 20 2017

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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Sat Nov 18 2017

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.

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Tue Nov 14 2017

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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Mon Nov 06 2017

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.

Wed Oct 04 2017

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

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Sun Aug 13 2017

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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Sun Jun 25 2017

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

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Fri Jun 09 2017

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.

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