Dark Island Trail

Dark Island Trial starts at HWY 30 in Central City and extends 1 mile South of Marquette.

(308) 986-2522

Dark Island Trail – Facebook Page

Cowboy Trail

“Beginning in Norfolk and spanning 321 miles west to Chadron, this is one of the largest Rails-to-Trails projects in the United States. The trail is developed between Norfolk and Valentine consisting of 187 miles of crushed limestone surfacing. Recently, an additional 15 miles of trail has been developed between Gordon and Rushville as well which is now open.

Whether biking, hiking or horseback riding, the trail offers a few givens for all who travel it.” ~Nebraska Game & Parks Website

Ponca Tribe of Nebraska

Educational Trail, Earth Lodge, Museum, Chief Standing Bear Statue, and Powwow Grounds

88915 521 Avenue | Niobrara, NE 68760 | 402-857-3519

D Arrow Getaway

Are you ready for a much needed, unplugged getaway – away from technology? Rent a vacation home for a week or weekend in Holt County Nebraska. Enjoy a tech-free retreat full of scenic views, beautiful sunsets, flowing wells, and riding in open pastures. Reconnect with your family while fishing, grilling, gazing at the stars, and taking in the surrounding countryside. Come listen to the silence!

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D Arrow Getaway

47824 858th Road
Amelia, Nebraska 68711
Phone: (402) 887-4415

Private Shannon Trail

George Shannon, the youngest and most educated in the Corps of Discovery, was lost for 16 days in the area of present day northeast Nebraska.

The Trail encompasses an area steeped in history, dotted with pioneer cemeteries and ghost towns.

The Nebraska communities involved are Bloomfield, Bow Valley, Center, Creighton, Crofton, Hartington, Lindy, Niobrara, St. Helena, St. James, Santee, Verdel, Verdigre, Wausa, Winnetoon, Wynot, and the Ponca and Santee Sioux Nations.

A National Park Service grant and donations from local banks contributed to the placing of sixteen wayside signs commemorating the life of George Shannon. Following the Lewis and Clark Expedition, he was wounded in a battle with the Arikara in a failed attempt to return the Mandan chief, Shekeke, to his village; his leg was subsequently amputated above the knee. He helped Nicholas Biddle prepare the first narrative account of the Expedition for publication. Shannon then became an attorney and circuit judge, served in the Kentucky and Missouri state legislatures and ran against Thomas Hart Benton in a bid for the U.S. Senate. He died at age 50.

Outlaw Trail

The wild west era where famous outlaws, horse thieves, lynch mobs, and lawmen ruled this area is past. Today along the Outlaw Trail (Nebraska Highway 12), you’ll be greeted only by friendly folks and big smiles as well as plenty of quiet hideaways.

Extending from the metropolitan area of South Sioux City to the “Old West” in Valentine, the Outlaw Trail Byway meanders alongside the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers where steep bluffs and tree-shrouded slopes give way to lush, rolling green hills. Jesse James and his gang reportedly hid out in the rugged wooded terrain known as the Devil’s Nest, where a curious formation of trees and brush on a hillside forms the word, “DEVIL.”

On the western end of the byway, verdant farmland graduates into the wide open spaces of ranching country and the massive Sandhills region of Nebraska.

Following the Outlaw Trail takes you through the Santee Sioux Reservation, which is home to 750 tribal members. This region is known for its friendly people, small towns, and immense landscapes. If you are respectable folks who are craving scenic beauty or wishing to explore this region’s colorful history, then the Outlaw Trail is a route you shouldn’t miss.

Length: 238.0 mi

Time to Allow: 7 hours

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Lewis and Clark Trail

Omaha – Sioux City

Lewis and Clark Visitor Center, located atop Calumet Bluff. Crofton, NE | 402-667-2546

Lewis and Clark Lake State Recreation Area, about 10 miles north of Crofton on Highway 121. 402-388-4169. For more information about Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, call 402-388-4169.

Lewis and Clark Wayside Exhibit, commemorates the historic discovery and provides a breathtaking view of the Missouri River. Located at Cottonwood Cove Park from Highway 77, turn east on Highway 35 into town, continue on Broadway to 14th Street, then south on Hickory | Dakota City, NE | 402-987-3448

At 14th and Monroe Streets in Fort Calhoun, the Washington County Historical Museum displays artifacts from prehistoric times to the recent past. Its collections of state and county history include a Lewis and Clark interactive display. 402-468-5740.

Old Baldy, located seven miles north of Lynch, follow signs up Main Street and on to Missouri River. Used as a landmark by natives and fur traders. Here, Lewis and Clark discovered their first prairie dog town.

Niobrara State Park, at junction of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers, one mile west of town on Highway 12.

A great way to see the river is by signing up for the park’s Upper Missouri River Float Trip, offered mid-May through September.  A guide will take you through the river’s braided channels in an inflatable workboat dubbed “The Little Pearl,” in honor of a ferry that used to operate here. This is part of the Missouri National Recreational River, a portion of the Missouri that has not been dredged and straightened for barge traffic, and which still resembles the wild river that Native Americans and explorers like Lewis and Clark would have known. Niobrara, NE |

Sergeant Floyd Monument, overlooking the Missouri River, this 100-foot tall memorial was the first historic landmark registered by the U.S. Government. It honors Sergeant Charles Floyd, the only casualty of the 1804 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Sioux City, Iowa

Cowboy Trail

The Cowboy Trail is a rail trail in northern Nebraska. It is a multi-use recreational trail suitable for bicycling, walking and horseback riding. It occupies an abandoned Chicago and North Western Railway corridor. The trailheads are located in Norfolk and Valentine and the surface is either pavement or crushed limestone.

When completed, the Cowboy Trail will be the world’s longest rails-to-trails bike trail.  Currently about two-thirds of the route has been surfaced: the 195 mile stretch between Norfolk and Valentine (where you’ll cross a magnificent old 148 foot high railroad bridge).  Some surfaces are paved, while most of the trail uses finely crushed gravel.

Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk is a trailhead for the Cowboy Trail.

Horseshoe Bend Park in Tilden, is a 22-acre park that links Tilden to the Cowboy Trail.

Interactive map of the cowboy trail