Platte River State Park - Trail, South Bend, Nebraska

Platte River State Park - Trail, South Bend, Nebraska

DESCRIPTION

Trail Description: trail starts as hiker trail, gravity cavities, water fall, bridges, water crossings. Follow tight single track to horse trails. Note: horses run on this side from 9 am to 4 pm. (Memorial Day thru Oct. 31st.) DO NOT RIDE on this side during these hours) Length in Miles: 12 mile loop - 420 acres Difficulty Level: 4 (out of 5 rating) Amount of Climbing: 5 Dominant Type of Trail: Technical Single Track carved into steep bluffs Dominant Type of Terrain: Dirt Duration for Beginning Rider: 1.5 hrs Starting Elevation: 00?? Highest Elevation: 00?? Best Time of Year to Ride: April-November Nature Highlights: 420-acres of forested bluffs overlooking the platte. Water fall, lake. Nearest Ranger Station or Help: in the park headquarters Drinking Water: yes Showers: yes Food: yes

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 03, 2015]
xsramo
Weekend Warrior

Like all the other reviews say...It's awesome. Just go ride it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 05, 2011]
S-WorksLewis
Cross Country Rider

PRSP is a great technical trail with alot of ups and downs with pretty tricky rock gardens and loops. Very rooty and overgrown at a few sections. Spiders are awful here I swallowed about 10 nests and at one point a spider bit me on the shoulder. Overall its a great trail for the advanced/intermediate weekend warrior.

Customer Service

The west side trail is a fun rolling trail. The expert course aka horse trail is only open on week days from 4 p.m. on. Do not ride on this trail from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. On the weekends all trails are open and the atmosphere is great.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 22, 2009]
midwesternboy
Cross Country Rider

Best place to ride in Nebraska, well that I've ridden so far. Great Nebraska singletrack. Ride in the bluffs along the river. Lots of fairly difficult climbs, along with fun downhills. I would say that this would most likely be a classified as a cross country trail, although I couldn't really say as this is the closet thing to real mountain biking I've done.

Customer Service

take the road up to trail called "1," ride, you'll end up at a grassy knoll, ride until you find what is called "rollercoaster," proceed to rip it up.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 28, 2008]
Beiner
Weekend Warrior

What an awesome trail. My brother and I rode it summer of '07 in humid conditions. Looks like it would be fun in the mud. Like all good bike trails, the maps given by the park are not at all accurate, they just give you a good starting point (tee-pees).

You'll be next to the river, you'll get focused on the riding and the next thing you know the river is a mile away and you're hundreds of feet above it. What that means is that it's not super hard but it took all my focus and it's fun to ride and neither my brother or I had to hike much if at all and we're not exactly all-pro on the trail. Overall 5 stars for the fun factor.

Customer Service

If you have time and don't have wives waiting for you at a local cabin, then take time to explore every off-shoot.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 26, 2007]
Former Cheesehead
Cross Country Rider

I should preface my review by saying that I'm not a local and I have only ridden this trail once (and likely never again due to where I live). I was traveling across Nebraska on my way to a race in Wisconsin and thought I'd sample some different trails along the way.

I'd have to summarize this trail as a "tale of two trails." Depending on where you start, you'll first encounter either the gnarly, overgrown, bluff-hanging portion or the sweet, buff, flowy section. I think the main difference is the one traverses up-and-down on the edge of this bluff while the other portion sits on top of the bluff and has little elevation gain/lose.

Personally, I thought the gnarly section lacked any rhythm or enjoyment. Maybe stronger riders like it? To each his/her own. It wasn't marked at all and every branch led to more miserable stuff. I've been riding for over a decade and consider myself a fairly capable rider, but the short "ups" were a pain to hike up... nearly impossible to ride. I kept finding myself skirting the downhills because I knew I'd have to climb myself back up the bluff.

That said, the flowy, buff wooded singletrack section was stellar (if you like that stuff). I couldn't believe how much trail existed in what felt like a tiny wooded grove. Really fun stuff that I wanted to take a second helping of.

I also uncovered a cool little section with a brook/waterfall running through it. I had to hit the road at that point, but I wanted to explore a little more of. Overall, with some stewardship and maintenance, I think this network could be a destination for riders.

Customer Service

Couldn't tell ya! I was lost for most of the ride because the trails weren't marked at all. Maybe there are maps at the park hdqt? I think this place has a ton of trails in it and it would require a bunch of exploring to have a great feel for. Since I was only there for 90 minutes, I'm not sure I can properly review/represent this trail network (but I'll try anyway since I like to listen to myself "talk").

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Not from Nebraska, so couldn't tell you.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 21, 2007]
jacob_hi
Racer

#1 IN EASTERN NEBRASKA!!!

DIFFICULTLY 4 (of 5). narrow single-tracks, lots of gravity cavities, there's some nice boulders, sharp curves, water-crossings, the whole thing rides like a rollercoaster (ups and downs) and lots of blind corners. lots of technicals to keep things interesting. it's through some thick forests, and it's only about 20 miles from Lincoln.

i was told the main trail is 12-miles, but i think with all the new additions and the hidden tracks there has to be over 50 miles of trails.

i would say people who are intermediate to expert riders shouldn't have much problem riding here. if you're a beginner or rookie or out of shape, this place is probably going to hurt you. LOL!

BRING WATER (preferably a camelback) & A HELMET!!!

Customer Service

i rode yesterday and today. yesterday i explored which was a lot of fun, and foolishly started by the horse stables. today i took the advice of the reviewers on here and started by the teepees.

FUN & FAST RIDE: as you enter the park make a LEFT at the first intersection (T) after the ranger vehicle stamp station. park wherever. there are numerous trailheads by the cabins in this area -- PICK ONE & RIDE!!! (NOTE: there's a bridge that's washed out, the trail is blocked off w/ CAUTION tape, but if you go under it and carry your bike across the bridge remnants, the trail on the other side is well worth the work!)

GRUELING WORKOUT RIDE: instead of a left at the entrance T-intersection, make a right. drive all the way to horse stables. start riding on the horse trails... it's a long steep ride up, but it's well worth the speed you get on "rollercoaster" ride to the other side of the park.

CLOCKWISE is a fast ride, as you're generally going down in elevation.

COUNTER-CLOCKWISE is a calve-burning blast, you're generally moving up in elevation.

there are still some trail markers/paint left from the 6-hour endurance race that was held there last weekend -- GREAT ROUTE!!!

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[May 21, 2007]
Jake
Racer

DIFFICULTLY: 4 (of 5). it's all narrow single-tracks, lots of gravity cavities, there's some nice boulders, sharp curves, water-crossings, the whole thing rides like a rollercoaster (ups and downs) and lots of blind corners. it's through some thick forests, and it's only about 20 miles from Lincoln.

you'll spend just as much time off your bike as you will on it. it rides a total of 12 miles, but i was told there are over 50 miles of trails (most of which are hidden or interconnected from the main trail.)

ITS THE BEST EASTERN NEBRASKA HAS TO OFFER!!!

It's definitely a place they could hold an XTERRA or NORBA race.

Customer Service

the route mentioned in the main review is probably the best one to follow, i don't know.

i actually had all these reviews with me when i went to the park yesterday, but i didn't read any of them ... i like to explore things for the first time without knowning much about the place -- all i heard was that it's the best place in eastern nebraska to do some serious offroad biking.

i just heard that you should probably ride the trail in a general clockwise fashion. i actually did the opposite and road down the main road to the horse stables and picked up the trail there -- i wouldn't suggest starting here before 4pm, as the "horse" trails are closed between 9am-4pm -- i started here at 315pm on a Saturday and didn't see a single horse or person during my entire ride.

i think the actual bike starting point is to the LEFT at the intersection where the vehicle permit/ranger station is at the enterance to the park. like i said, i didn't read where to start, i just went out there and explored -- that's probably the most exciting way to do it.

it's MORE CHALLENGING to start at the riding stables, as you'll be going uphill most of the time.

BRING WATER & A HELMET!!!

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 24, 2006]
james
Weekend Warrior

I have only ridden this trail once, but I must say that it is the best that I have ridden in so far. I usually go ride at Ponca State Park and I thought that it was really good until I got to this place. It is like an explosion of trails, and they are all alot of fun. I did have one nice endo that I'm still thinking about, but this is probably the best place in Nebraska to ride.

Similar Products Used:

Ponca, Indian Caves

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 21, 2006]
MObiker
Cross Country Rider

I agree with the reviewer below. This trail is an aerobic nightmare.
I stopped in Omaha on my way across the Midwest. called the local bikeshop and asked where to ride . They suggested this trail as a group would be meeting at 7:00am. I showed up the next morning and found no one. I did my best navigating the short steep hills. Not much flow to this trail. I wouldn't bother with this one.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 20, 2006]
nbrablec9
Weekend Warrior

Great overall trail. Can spend hours on the dirt! Plenty of up and down hill with a nice creek bend toward the front of the park. You can make it an easy ride or a vigerous ride depending on the route you take.

Customer Service

When you first enter the park, take your first left after the boothe. You will go to the bottom of the hill and take a right. My personal favorite. Ride near the creek bend for a bit , then make your way to the horse trails. Great ride! Just remember to stay clear of the horse trails till early evening.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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