Indian Cave State Park is a Nebraska state park that is governed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The park was created in 1962 and today encompasses a total area of approximately 4,000 acres of land that is situated in Nemaha and Richardson counties and along the Missouri River.
Access to the park is about 10 miles south of Brownville and then five miles east on Spur 64E. Indian Cave State Park is protected land that has the primary goal of preserving a cave with prehistoric petroglyphs and the partially reconstructed village of St. Deroin that was created and developed in 1853 along with a part of the former Nemaha Half-Breed Reservation.
Additionally, the park also houses a restored schoolhouse as well as a general store from the old river town of Saint Deroin. Today, the restored schoolhouse hosts old-time crafts demonstrations during summer months. Furthermore, the park is also an alluring place to visit because of the pristine wilderness that is the natural habitat of a variety of shrubs, hardwood trees, and other flora.
Some of the recreational activities that the Indian Cave State Park has to offer include backpacking, fishing, camping (including equestrian and group camping), hiking, horseback riding, seasonal interpretive programs, annual trail rides, historic sites, and mountain biking.
The Indian Cave State Park also has a wide variation of amenities and conveniences to offer its guests including showers, trailside Adirondack shelters, modern restrooms, equestrian camp, 274 campsites (134 pad sites and 10 non-pad sites with electrical hookups), hiking trails (22 miles), equestrian trails (16 miles), and 17 picnic shelters.
In addition, the park has mountain bike trails (22 miles), picnic areas, river access, and a boat ramp. Dogs are allowed into Indian Cave State Park albeit with some restrictions. Some of the park’s restrictions regarding dogs include always keeping dogs on a leash and cleaning up after your pooch.