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Indian Cave State Park


Park Snapshot

Please note: The repaving of roads within Indian Cave State Park has begun. The roads to the boat ramp and cave are temporarily closed for repaving. All other areas of the park, including the campgrounds, are open. All of the roads, parking areas and campgrounds within the park will be repaved this year. Construction will take place in phases so that guests will still be able to visit and enjoy this popular state park. Park management will work closely with the paving contractors to try and keep at least one campground accessible during the repaving project. For updates on the status of roads within the park, email ngpc.indian.cave@nebraska.gov or call the park office at 402-883-2575.


With 3,052 rugged acres bordering the mighty Missouri River, Indian Cave is a pristine area, devoted to camping, hiking and backpacking, picnicking, nature and wilderness activities. Located 10 miles south of Brownville and 5 miles east on S 64E, Indian Cave boasts a variety of hardwood trees, shrubs and other flora. There are 22 miles of hiking trails in the park.


Autumn is particularly spectacular here. Horseback trail rides are also available in season. History buffs will enjoy the restored schoolhouse and general store from the old river town of St. Deroin, where old-time crafts are demonstrated on weekends during the summer. A group picnic shelter may be reserved. A ramp offers river access for boaters or you can put in at nearby Brownville SRA.

Overnight Accommodations

Camping Facilities:
134 camping pads with electrical hookups*
10 non-pad sites with electrical hookups*
130 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30/50-amp. 43 reservable campsites available

Campers can make reservations 1 year to three days in advance of arrival for campsite numbers 1-70 by calling the reservation call center at (402)471-1414 9 am - 6 pm, Monday-Friday or by using our online reservations system.

All other camping is first-come, first-served, and stays are limited to 14 days in any 30-day period. Group camping is available for organizations such as Scouts, church groups, etc.

Indian Cave State Park is located on the banks of the Missouri River. Perhaps the biggest attractions are the majestic hardwood forest and the hills that overlook the wide and winding river.

The RV campground can handle 134 units with 30-amp. electrical hookups (22 of which also have 50-amp.). Modern camping is open May 1 - October 31, even longer, if weather permits.

Primitive camping is open year-round. The tent camping area extends among the scenic hills. Tenters have their own showers, as well as a water hydrant and electrical hookups. Grills and ground-level fire rings are provided.

There are Adirondack shelters along the trails for back-to-nature enthusiasts. For horse lovers, Indian Cave has a special camping area for those who bring their mounts to the park.

Facility Details

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: Yes

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 22 miles
Mtn. Bike: 22 miles
Horse: 16 miles
Trail Rides: Yes
Allow Horses: There are about 16 miles of trails and an established horse camp for private horses. You may need to carry in drinking water for both you and the horses.

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 312
Grills: 275
Shelters: 17
Shelters w/ elec.: 0

Boating: Yes

Types: All
Ramps: 1
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: Yes

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: No

Pools: 0
Beaches: 0

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

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Open Sunday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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