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Indian Cave State Park

Average Rating:    (3.81 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

These trails are very, very steep and fast. They are also very technical in places, with lost of switch backs, jumps, and washouts covered in leafs, so watch out. You can get a map of all the trails at the office in the park.
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Latitude
40.28371627054261
Longitude
-95.5975341796875
Trail Directions
From Nebraska City, take Highway 75 south to Auburn. In Auburn turn left on Highway 136. Take a left 1 mile before Brownville and head south on Highway 67, through Nemaha, and then watch for signs.
Trail Length
25 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Auburn
   


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Review Date
August 3, 2015

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: xsramo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Whenever I make it down to this part of the state I try to swing by Indian Cave State Park. The trails and scenery is unique and different from most other trails in Nebraska. There is a lot of climbing and the mosquitoes can be a pest but hey, it's just another reason to keep pedaling. The trail can take you all the way down to the caves which are worth checking out. Full suspension can be your friend here but is not necessary. Overall I like the place, good camping too.

Recommended Route:
Just ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Steamboat Trace - Nebraska City, NE



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Review Date
March 31, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ian ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The downhills were fun but overall wasn't worth an hour and a half car ride for the experience. Like other reviews state, a lot of long, steep up and downs. A few uphill sections were too wet/destroyed by horses/steep to ride up, although it made the downhill sections an interesting combination of uneven terrain and high-speeds. The best thing I can say about my visit is that it made me appreciate places like Tranquility Park and Platte River State Park.

Recommended Route:
None unless your on a horse.



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Review Date
October 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: randall ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If your up for some long climbs and some fast downhills this is the place you want to go. Watch out for some blind corners and some steep switchbacks that can be challenging. Some of the trails have been horse-damaged in places because of people riding horses during muddy conditions. I think use of the trails is being more closely monitored and trail conditions have improved over the past year, yet there are still some really rough spots. A few of the hills are very steep and there are some badly eroded spots, so make sure your brakes are in good working order.

Recommended Route:
Start at trail 3 by the observation deck, down the hill until it levels off, go strait through the trail intersection until you come to a climb. at the top of the climb turn left onto 8A (there's a few rough spots,i.e. hoof-prints on 8A). at the end of 8A turn left and go to the bottom. cross the road(don't use the foot-bridge) to trail 9.Go up trail 9 to a T-intersection. Turn left and you will come to an open area at the top of the hill.Turn right onto trail 11 which dead ends at a really good observation point.The entire route is about 5 miles and can take about 45 minutes to an hour depending what kind of shape you're in.



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Review Date
July 12, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: guitarguru13 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This ride was a great ride to break in a new bike and get back into riding. It had been a while since i rode, and this was a great refresher. There are alot of ups and downs, and some of the climbs are really hard, but the downhills are worth it. On the downhills there are little drainage terraces that can be a lot of fun if you let it loose. Its a good time for beginners too. My cousin went for the first time on an old Iornhorse At50 rigid and still had a good time. the horses really screw up the trails and some parts get a little muddy, especially if your riding in a sudden downpour. and to the old dude on the horse who yelled at me when i spooked his horse, screw you

Recommended Route:
4-6-8. it isn't marked very well but its a good time if you can find it. it starts on a long downhill and there is a big climb, but then stays up on a ridge that is over the missouri river.



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Review Date
May 25, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ricomundy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
After reading the reviews here I was really looking forward to riding here. After going here mid-May 2004 I was very disappointed.

Up/down, up/down seemed to be all the trails here had to offer. It didn't help that there was 1.5 inches of rain the previous week which turned the horse hoof rutted trails into quagmire. All the trails I encountered were double track multi-use trails. Yes, it is an excellent workout, but upon reaching the 4th major squishy hike-a-bike climb all I could think of is "what's the point?" It would have been much nicer if the trails ran around the sides of the ridges and hills rather than straight up and down. They were obviously designed for equestrian and not MTB use.

My only recommendation for the reason to ride here is to get a strength workout. Definitely don't ride in the spring when the trails are muddy or soft. It might be much nicer in the fall when things are dry. I'm giving 2 chilis for this because compared to the MTB trails in nearby Kansas City area, this was a disappointment as a MTB trail.

The tent campground is really nice though with showers and flush toilets and the price of $12/night was great for such a nice camping location.

Recommended Route:
Didn't ride it enough to know.



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