Route: Chadron State Park Loop (NE)

Submitted by Matthew Matta on Wed, 11/17/2021 - 08:03am
Nebraska, US
5.8 mi
Vertical Gain
650 ft

Chadron State Park is Nebraska’s oldest state park, founded in 1921. It is situated in the northwest corner of the state, on the north side of Nebraska’s Pine Ridge, 9 miles south of the town of Chadron. This ridge is dominated by ponderosa pines and has over 100 miles of singletrack and doubletrack, great for running and mountain biking.

This loop is a combination of singletrack and the park’s scenic drive (part gravel, part blacktop) The highlight of this loop (and this park) is the Blackhills Overlook Trail. It climbs up a ridge on the north side of the park, with buttes and canyons on both sides, similar to the South Dakota Badlands to the north. This loop is 5.8 miles long with around 650 feet of elevation gain. You could see horses, deer, elk, antelope, pheasant and wild turkeys. The campground makes a good starting point, as do a few pullouts on the scenic drive, and the Blackhills Overlook Trailhead. A park permit is required for vehicles.

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