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Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Trails are mountain-like in terrian; very rocky and hilly going through canyons and over large bluffs. Trails are very well maintained and fairly easy, yet very fun. Very cool place!
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Latitude
41.6944496643259
Longitude
-103.65737915039062
Trail Directions
10 miles south of Gering on NE 71
Trail Length
4 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Scottsbluff/Gering
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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
February 12, 2017

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Coyotefred ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Visually, this is an incredibly beautiful place. And it was once a very quiet/peaceful/relatively natural one too. That’s until the geniuses at Nebraska Game & Parks decided to install an ugly, noisy, multi-station “shooting range” in this once-beautiful park. Now, most times it’s pleasant enough for visitors to want to find a little peace and quiet and enjoy some nature, you’ll be treated instead to loud volleys of gunfire echoing through the the Wildcat Hills (including nearby public land parcels Buffalo Creek and Montz Ranch).

The Nature Center was expanded at the same time as the “shooting complex” was installed, which is fortunate, since that is likely the only place you’ll see much “nature” amidst the noise. The “shooting range” is only several hundred *feet* from the Nature Center, so have fun enjoying the “natural” noise as you take in the views. Big ugly berms now block views to the south from the park road…presumably to prevent stray gunfire from hitting vehicles. Thinking of enjoying some nice peaceful camping? The prevailing winds and sound-amplifying effects of the Hills means you’ll be “enjoying” the gunfire from any of the park’s designated camping areas.

So put on some noise-canceling headphones, maybe with an app that plays some “natural” sounds, and enjoy your ride. Or keep driving and spend your tourist dollars on a place where the interests of a few (but very noisy) “shooters” don’t outweigh those of the many.



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Review Date
August 24, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Scottsbluff, NE

Summary:
It is a fun, but short trail. Too bad it is not longer, it would be great!

Recommended Route:
Start by the radio tower, ride down the road and to the trailhead. The trail forks, left goes up to the visitor center, right is more challenging and goes down to the road. Both loop back around on gravel roads.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The best trails in the area are found at Buffalo Creek, which is about 10 miles east of Wildcat. Also, Cedar Canyon is a nice ride (about 10 miles west).



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Review Date
May 5, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jon , from Seward, NE

Summary:
Awesome scenery here! This place is pretty unknown but should be considered in the Nebraska top ten. Makes a good stop if you are going through Nebraska on the Interstate- about 30 miles noth of I-80. Looks like something out of New Mexico. Good stuff.......

Recommended Route:
There are more trails than meets the eye. Go exploring! You can get a map at the office.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Black Hills, Wyoming, Pine Ridge in NW Nebraska. If you like the trail, make sure that you tell the staff and encourage them to make more trails- if it was a priority it could be the best in the state.



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