As we celebrate 150 years of statehood, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is excited to invite you to complete the NE150 challenge in your state park areas. It’s a great way to connect with the inspirational scenery, fascinating history, and natural diversity that abounds across the state. From the 321 mile Cowboy Trail to the half-mile Tree Trail at Arbor Lodge, Nebraska’s state parks provide rewarding outdoor opportunities for everyone.
For adventurers we invite you to explore the rugged hills of Chadron and Fort Robinson state parks or float one of our many water trails on a kayak or canoe. If history is your passion, Nebraska state parks feature historic trails that allow you to follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark as they explored the forested bluffs of the Missouri River or trek alongside wagon ruts left by hearty pioneers at Rock Creek Station and Ash Hollow state historical parks. The tree-covered hills of Platte River State Park offer exciting mountain biking opportunities.
Fort Kearny’s paved walking trail leads to one of the best Sandhill crane viewing sites in the state while migratory bird viewing opportunities are plentiful on the trails at places like Indian Cave and Ponca state parks. Other wildlife such as foxes, deer, and porcupines can been seen in parks across the state.
Your Nebraska state parks trails provide memorable outdoor experiences for people of all interests, ages, and abilities. They are the ideal places to discover and rediscover the history and natural beauty of our state. We are honored to be the stewards of these amazing trails and are excited for you to join us as you walk, run, hike, bike, paddle, pedal, and explore 150 miles in 2017. Time on the trail is time well spent!