One of the state’s premier destinations for trail seekers is Chadron State Park, tucked into the northwest corner of the state. Mountain bikers come from far and wide to ride what is considered one of the top single- and dual-track destinations in the nation.
If hiking is more your style, head to Toadstool Geologic Park north of Crawford. Here, Mother Nature and Father Time have worked together to create an unexpected lunarlike terrain that’s perfect for exploring. South of Toadstool near Gering is another hiking hot spot, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area.
The eastern end of the state has its fair share of outdoor opportunities as well. Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area and Platte River State Park each offer several horseback, hiking and biking trails. For mountain bikers, the Steamboat Trace Trail along the Missouri River or the more metropolitan MoPac Trail in Lincoln are great choices for an invigorating excursion.
Hikers and bikers alike will enjoy the Cowboy Trail between Norfolk and Chadron, the nation’s longest rail-to-trail project in progress. Outdoor enthusiasts find themselves immersed in nature no matter where they are along the path.
Hundreds of trails are waiting for you to come exploring. Find one to tackle today.