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Ponca State Park

Average Rating:    (4.08 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

These are really good trails. Theres nice switchbacks, and other things. One trial is very techinical. Also, they aren't very crowded.
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Latitude
42.5625
Longitude
-96.705278
Trail Directions
From South Souix City, take Highway 12 to Ponca. Turn off the highway after the curving bridge and into Ponca. Follow signs from there.
Trail Length
18 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ponca
   


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Review Date
October 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jillzdad ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ponca State Park is a hidden gem for trail riders with multiple short tracks through the Loess Hills and along the Missouri River.

Recommended Route:
Pick a direction, pick a trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Two thousand miles in any direction - Ponca's in the middle of North America.



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Review Date
March 12, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: valiant1974 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:

Ponca State Park, in my opinion, has some of the best singletrack in Nebraska. The trails are well maintained, fast and challenging. Some of the sections can get pretty technical. There is an epic overlook of the tri-state area which shouldn't be missed. Rarely do you encounter other bikers, hikers or horses.

Recommended Route:
Buffalo Run starting from the park headquarters building or adjacent parking areas.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Platte River State Park
Maskenthine



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Review Date
November 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Woodrow31 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode the Blood Run and Oak trails only; both at least twice. Hilly stuff you got out there in bluffs country. I rode Ponca in the morning and Stone St. Park in the afternoon and man did I get a workout. Ponca has wonderful views of the Missouri River and I thank you other reviewers for posting here else I woulda missed a day of fun.

Misses: Too many trails crossing the paved Park roads. I would imagine that riding in the summertime with all the sight-seers driving around would be a mistake.

Recommended Route:
Nothing horribly scary on Blood Run or Oak, but boaf are very worthy trails that will dump you if you stray. I trailheaded by the Archery Range area which worked out great.

For you Archers, the range there is great...lots of 2-D targets at varying ranges/altitudes to hone your skills, as well as a broadhead area.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Stone St. Park



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Review Date
October 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: crager34 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I wasn't that impressed. If you link up all the trails and count the miles on the park road then you may get 18 miles. There are some nice downhill sections and views of the river. Overall....if it's all you have, then it's pretty good. If your wanting to drive an hour or two... look for something els.



Comments
Habits76 (11/12/2009)
Crager, where are you going to find 18miles of trails within an hour or two of Ponca? No offense but this is all we have here in nebraska, I find it to be a good trail system considering that there really aren't any trail crews that manage it. This place has some major potential if there were a local bike club that would put in the time scouting and cutting in new trails.
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Review Date
November 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: HansonBrothers3 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A really nice trail system. I am skeptical about the trail distances as listed on the park maps (seems shorter to me) but maybe I am having too much fun to gauge accurately.
If you live in and around Sioux Falls, SD this would be your closest "good" off road ride (1 to 1.5 hour drive) which is a very sad fact.
Nicely laid out trails which provide challenging climbs and rewarding decents. Non-technical but fun. Seemingly few people use these trails. No hint of horse droppings or the trail destruction they cause.

Recommended Route:
Combining the Old Oak and Bloodroot loops in varying ways makes for some really nice riding. Corps of Discovery is not a great bike trail (rock steps which would be rideable if you are the type who enjoys risking injury on man-made obstacles) Buffalo run is nice and is the longest continuous trail in the park

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Newton Hills (AKA The Horse Highway)
Big Sioux Recreational area (AKA Big Suck)



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