Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland

4.1
#3 of 40 in Nature in Nebraska
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a public recreation area located on the Platte River, just off Interstate 80, approximately east of Ashland, Nebraska. Among other features, the state park offers lodging and conferencing facilities, aquatic center, marina, trails, and theater. It was named after Eugene T. Mahoney, a former state senator and long-time director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, who is credited with reversing the fortunes of the moribund state park system during his directorship. As of 2014, the park was the state's third most visited tourist attraction.
Park development began with the state's purchase of the site in 1985. The park was dedicated on May 19, 1991. In honor of its namesake's Irish heritage, the Mahoney family crest was chosen as the symbol of the park and a loop of cabins was named after County Cork in the Republic of Ireland, the Mahoney family's ancestral home.
Park features and activities include picnicking areas and hiking trails, horseback trail rides, fishing, a marina with paddleboat rental, miniature golf and a driving range. Athletic facilities include an aquatic center, 18-hole disc golf course, tennis and basketball courts, softball fields and sand volleyball. A 70ft observation tower overlooks the Platte River Valley. Winter activities include cross-country skiing, sledding and toboggan runs, ice fishing, and an ice skating rink. An activity center, indoor playground and activity simulators are open year-round. The Kountze Theater is a cultural highlight of the park.
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  • Gorgeous park right off interstate 80 with tons of things to do...hiking, ice skating, horseback riding, ziplining, paddle boats, swimming, frisbee golf and a driving range. There are beautiful cabins...  more »
  • There are not enough words to write on this review: hiking, tubing, paddleboating, ziplining, and a swimming pool.  more »
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  • Wonderful, family friendly campground! We had the best weekend there. Water park was so fun--super crowded on a weekend--go on a weekday if you can. The kids loved mini golf and petting the ponies. The aerospace museum nearby was also a huge hit! We can't wait to go back to camp!!
  • The staff was friendly and helpful. The beds in the lodge were super soft and rocked like hammocks. The pillows, on the other hand, were brick-hard. The sheets was rough. In all, very much camp quality. The views off the back deck were great. For a place that prides itself on its views, though, the windows and screens were filthy. There were lots of activities. However, we didn't end up going to the pool: 1. It costs $10 per person. 2. There was a line clear around the block on the weekend. 3. The pool, along with a bunch of other things, went on limited schedule on Monday, August 12. We were surprised to find no food service at the lodge after brunch on Sunday. We were more surprised that there hadn't been a sign anywhere letting us know about that early closure. Important note--read all the fine print and make sure you remember all the details from the confirmation you get by email (a year before the trip). And/or see if you can find all those important details about schedules and costs on the website.

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