5 Energizing Hikes in Nebraska

By Katie Griffing

5 Energizing Hikes in Nebraska

Hiking is a very healthy and invigorating activity and Nebraska is filled with beautiful hiking options to spend your days. For a glimpse at some of the more challenging hiking trails for intermediate to advanced hikers, here are five energizing hiking spots in Nebraska waiting for you!

1. Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

The Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area offers miles of beautiful yet rugged trails to hike with spectacular views of the North Platte River Valley. For more advanced hikers, there are some very challenging and steep trails here. 

2. Saddle Rock Trail at Scotts Bluff National Monument

This is Scotts Bluff’s most famous trail. At 1.6 miles-long in one direction, Saddle Rock Trail is considered to be strenuous and has an elevation change of 435 feet. 

3. Corps of Discovery Trail at Ponca State Park

It may not seem like this trail is a huge challenge at 1.34 miles, it can be a rather strenuous trek. Corps of Discovery Trail is named after the Lewis and Clark Expedition who passed through this area in August 1804. This hike is not recommended for novices. The views at the top are outstanding. 

4. Spotted Tail Loop Trail

This trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. In 2006, a fire burned the area and according to its website, numerous snags still remain so it’s best to proceed with caution. On windy days, this roughly six-mile loop trail can cause falling hazards. Despite this, the area is magnificently beautiful and makes for an excellent hike. 

5. Platte River State Park

Located approximately 30 miles from Lincoln, the Platte River State Park offers plenty of moderate hiking trails. Our recommendation is to head to the one that leads directly to a picturesque waterfall. While you're making your way to the refreshing falls, don’t let the scenic views distract you. On the western side of the park, there are plenty of twists and turns on this trail to keep you on your toes. 

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