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Platte River State Park

Average Rating:    (4.43 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 35

Trail Description: trail starts as hiker trail, gravity cavities, water fall, bridges, water crossings. Follow tight single track to horse trails. Note: horses run on this side from 9 am to 4 pm. (Memorial Day thru Oct. 31st.) DO NOT RIDE on this side during these hours) Length in Miles: 12 mile loop - 420 acres Difficulty Level: 4 (out of 5 rating) Amount of Climbing: 5 Dominant Type of Trail: Technical Single Track carved into steep bluffs Dominant Type of Terrain: Dirt Duration for Beginning Rider: 1.5 hrs Starting Elevation: 00?? Highest Elevation: 00?? Best Time of Year to Ride: April-November Nature Highlights: 420-acres of forested bluffs overlooking the platte. Water fall, lake. Nearest Ranger Station or Help: in the park headquarters Drinking Water: yes Showers: yes Food: yes
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Latitude
40.98777043464514
Longitude
-96.21564388275146
Trail Directions
Directions to the Park: Exit 426 from I-80 (between Lincoln & Omaha); take Hwy 66 east toward South Bend. Park entrance is 6 miles from the interstate. Location of Trailhead: teepee village (wood chip lot) Any Landmark Near Trailhead: The crapper. Park Permit required.
Trail Length
12 miles - 420 acres
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
South Bend
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Review Date
August 3, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: xsramo ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Like all the other reviews say...It's awesome. Just go ride it.



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Review Date
August 5, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: S-WorksLewis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
PRSP is a great technical trail with alot of ups and downs with pretty tricky rock gardens and loops. Very rooty and overgrown at a few sections. Spiders are awful here I swallowed about 10 nests and at one point a spider bit me on the shoulder. Overall its a great trail for the advanced/intermediate weekend warrior.

Recommended Route:
The west side trail is a fun rolling trail. The expert course aka horse trail is only open on week days from 4 p.m. on. Do not ride on this trail from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. On the weekends all trails are open and the atmosphere is great.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jewell Park and Branched Oak Area #7



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Review Date
April 22, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: midwesternboy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Best place to ride in Nebraska, well that I've ridden so far. Great Nebraska singletrack. Ride in the bluffs along the river. Lots of fairly difficult climbs, along with fun downhills. I would say that this would most likely be a classified as a cross country trail, although I couldn't really say as this is the closet thing to real mountain biking I've done.

Recommended Route:
take the road up to trail called "1," ride, you'll end up at a grassy knoll, ride until you find what is called "rollercoaster," proceed to rip it up.



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Review Date
January 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Beiner ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
What an awesome trail. My brother and I rode it summer of '07 in humid conditions. Looks like it would be fun in the mud. Like all good bike trails, the maps given by the park are not at all accurate, they just give you a good starting point (tee-pees).

You'll be next to the river, you'll get focused on the riding and the next thing you know the river is a mile away and you're hundreds of feet above it. What that means is that it's not super hard but it took all my focus and it's fun to ride and neither my brother or I had to hike much if at all and we're not exactly all-pro on the trail. Overall 5 stars for the fun factor.

Recommended Route:
If you have time and don't have wives waiting for you at a local cabin, then take time to explore every off-shoot.



Comments
Habits76 (10/17/2009)
I doubt you will ever read this but just want to remind people to stay off of wet muddy trails. I know how fun that could seem but just ends up ruining the trail for the rest of us and makes more work for the trail crews that do such a great job maintaining these fine trails.
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Review Date
September 26, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Former Cheesehead ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I should preface my review by saying that I'm not a local and I have only ridden this trail once (and likely never again due to where I live). I was traveling across Nebraska on my way to a race in Wisconsin and thought I'd sample some different trails along the way.

I'd have to summarize this trail as a "tale of two trails." Depending on where you start, you'll first encounter either the gnarly, overgrown, bluff-hanging portion or the sweet, buff, flowy section. I think the main difference is the one traverses up-and-down on the edge of this bluff while the other portion sits on top of the bluff and has little elevation gain/lose.

Personally, I thought the gnarly section lacked any rhythm or enjoyment. Maybe stronger riders like it? To each his/her own. It wasn't marked at all and every branch led to more miserable stuff. I've been riding for over a decade and consider myself a fairly capable rider, but the short "ups" were a pain to hike up... nearly impossible to ride. I kept finding myself skirting the downhills because I knew I'd have to climb myself back up the bluff.

That said, the flowy, buff wooded singletrack section was stellar (if you like that stuff). I couldn't believe how much trail existed in what felt like a tiny wooded grove. Really fun stuff that I wanted to take a second helping of.

I also uncovered a cool little section with a brook/waterfall running through it. I had to hit the road at that point, but I wanted to explore a little more of. Overall, with some stewardship and maintenance, I think this network could be a destination for riders.

Recommended Route:
Couldn't tell ya! I was lost for most of the ride because the trails weren't marked at all. Maybe there are maps at the park hdqt? I think this place has a ton of trails in it and it would require a bunch of exploring to have a great feel for. Since I was only there for 90 minutes, I'm not sure I can properly review/represent this trail network (but I'll try anyway since I like to listen to myself "talk").

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not from Nebraska, so couldn't tell you.



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