It’s easy to see why Ponca State Park is one of Nebraska’s most pupular state parks. Nestled in the Missouri River Bluffs, this park is a beautiful combination of forested hills, pawsome views, and river access. Needless to say, your pup’s absolutely going to love this place!
With 22 miles of trails, this park is a hiker’s haven.
Does your pup want to see something cool? Then follow the 1.28 mile Tri-state
Overlook Trail. The overlook lets your furry friend view Nebraska, Iowa, and
South Dakota all in one spot. That's woofin' amazing! For a bit of history, take the Corps of Discovery
Trail that pays homage to the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Although it’s only
1.34 miles, it is a bit of a challenge. Backwater
Trail takes you into the Missouri River bottomland. Your pooch will feel like a
true canine explorer as they wander around forests, meadows, and prairies.
Ponca State Park is the pawfect place to spend some time camping
out primitive style or in an RV. While camping is available year round, hook-ups
to water and electricity are only available from April through to October.
There are a host of organized activities during the summer months including
hayrack rides, swimming, and mountain bike competitions. There are facilities
for launching boats and an 18 hole golf course at the southern edge of the
To enter the Ponca State Park, visitors need a
Nebraska State Park Permit for their vehicle. A daily pass for residents of
Nebraska costs $6.00 and a yearly permit is $30.00. For non-residents, the
charge for an annual permit is $45.00 and $8.00 for a daily pass. To skip the
lines, purchase the permits online before you arrive. That way your pup can
get straight to hiking!
Ponca State Park is definitely one park your pup will
want to visit again and again!