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Indian Cave State Park located near Shubert: It has 3,052 rugged acres bordering the Missouri River and is a pristine area devoted to camping, hiking, backpacking, picnicking, and horseback riding. Indian Cave boasts 12 miles of equestrian trails and has an established horse camp for private horses in the park. You will need to carry in drinking water and there are several locations in the park to obtain water. A water wagon is available for horses. Amenities include toilets, grills, tables, hitching posts, and 12 corrals.

Branched Oak State Recreation Area located near Raymond: Branched Oak has 5½ miles of interlocking multi-purpose trails that meander through trees, open grasslands and scenic overlooks on the south side of the lake. A horse camp is being developed that will include electrical hook-ups, water, restrooms, grills, picnic facilities, an accessible mounting ramp, hitching posts, and corrals.

Pawnee State Recreation Area located near Emerald: Pawnee provides a nice ride with 6 miles of multi-purpose trails that take riders on a scenic route around the lake. For those that wish to camp with their horses, Pawnee offers a primitive camp that includes picnic tables, drinking water, fire rings, and pit toilets. The area has mature trees that provide plenty of shade.

Two Rivers State Recreation Area located near Venice: Two Rivers offers open riding as opposed to specific trails around the 320 acres of sandpit lakes. A horse staging and camping area is available. Picnic tables and hitching posts are available at the horse staging area. Horses must not be left unattended at the staging area. A 50-gallon drum is available for water for the horses.

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area located near Crofton: Lewis and Clark offers 6.5 miles of heavily wooded and scenic lake overlook trails. A campground has been developed in fall of 2009. This campground includes corrals for the horses, water, restrooms, and picnic areas.

Niobrara State Park located near Niobrara: Niobrara State Park does not offer specific horse trails, but provides scenic open riding. The park offers places to primitive camping and there is no water. The horse camp does provide one larger corral with room to hold a few horses. This corral works well for horses that are accustomed to each other. For more information or other places to ride in the area, contact Niobrara State Park staff at (402) 857-3373.

Willow Creek State Recreation Area located near Pierce: Willow Creek State Recreation Area provides 9 miles of hiking and horseback trails around the 700 acre lake. The area does provide a horse campground with electrical camp pads and corrals for your horses. In addition, a horse group camp with two barbless wire fence corrals is available on a first come first serve basis. For more information, contact Willow Creek at (402) 329-4045. Rock Creek Station State Historical Park located near Fairbury:

Rock Creek Station is where James Butler Hickok, “Wild Bill,” killed David McCanles and began his bloody career as a gunfighter. Today, the park is rich in history, which is displayed at the Burlington Northern Visitor Center. The area provides a horse camp that includes 20 individual corrals that are set in groups of 4, water for horse and rider, picnic tables and grills, and the historical park provides 5 miles of trails. Adjacent to Rock Creek Station is Rock Glenn Wildlife Management Area that provides many more miles of riding. However, it should be noted that the Wildlife Management Area’s main function is wildlife related and riders are asked to observe special riding regulations for this area. Contact Rock Creek Station staff at (402) 729-5777 for more information.

Calamus Reservoir State Recreation Area is located near Burwell: Calamus does not offer specific horse trails, but does offer 12,000 acres of area to ride. This area does not have a horse camp, but there are private campgrounds/outfitters that allow guests to bring their own horses and camp and ride. See the Places to Stay with Horses in Nebraska.

Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail: Located in the northern tier of Nebraska, starting in Norfolk and going to Valentine. It's 195 miles between Norfolk and Valentine are almost complete and scheduled to be finished by late summer of 2009. Many communities will provide users with camping, restroom and shower facilities. See the Cowboy Trail page for more information.

Fort Robinson State Park is located near Crawford: Ft. Robinson is Nebraska’s premier horse destination location. It offers 22,000 acres with many miles of trails and fire service roads to ride. You can board your horse in a stall located in one of the barns located at Fort Robinson for $10 a night. You will need to bring your own feed and hay. For many campers there are RV and tent pads, or you may wish to room in the lodge or in one of the many cabins.


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