Step back in time to old Nebraska when you and Fido visit the Ash Hollow State Historical Park! Located near Lewellen, this picturesque site was an important stopover on the Overland Trail due to its abundant supply of fresh spring water. Today, its serene beauty and furrific vistas make it a pawpular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts as well. Some of the park's attractions include an ancient cave, a rock schoolhouse, and Windlass Hill.
Ash Hollow offers 9 miles of trails for you and your pup to explore. One of the most travelled trails in the park is the path that leads to the crest of Windlass Hill, where deep ruts etched by covered wagons are still visible. Spanning 1.25 miles, this moderate trail starts at the parking lot and crosses a bridge over a gully. There are steep inclines, but nothing that active doggos can't handle!
For an easy, level walk, hit the 3-mile Oregon California Trail, which will lead you and Fido to the rock school. Starting at a spring pond, this trail features multiple mowed paths and wildlife viewing signs. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, porcupines, and other critters along the way. As you and your pooch follow the trail along the bottom of Ash Hollow on the east side, look for the swells that were caused by wagons tearing up grass and wind blowing dirt out near the parking area.
To the west of Highway 26 lies 400 acres of original prairie that are open to adventurous hikers. Here, there are no designated trails, only deer paths. Wherever you go in Ash Hollow, always keep your pup on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them. And if all that hiking has left you hungry, picnic tables and grills are available in the east section of the park. Be sure to always have drinking water to share on hand, and clean-up bags to help keep this park looking its best.
This pawrific state park does require an entry fee. A daily park permit for Nebraska residents is $6.00. A daily permit runs $8.00 for non-residents, and annual permits are also available.
A furrific time awaits you and your four-legged pal at the Ash Hollow State Historical Park!