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Chadron State Park, Chadron

4.6
#17 of 40 in Nature in Nebraska
Chadron State Park is a public recreation area located within Nebraska National Forest, south of Chadron, Nebraska, in the northwestern portion of the state. The park's include a portion of the Pine Ridge escarpment and Chadron Creek. The park is wooded with ponderosa pine throughout and cottonwood trees near the creek and lagoon.
Chadron State Park was established in 1921, making it Nebraska's oldest state park. In August 2012, with the park threatened by the 58,000+ acre West Ash Wildfire, crews set backfires in the park to deprive the fire of fuel. The controlled burns worked and saved all structures and equipment. The park reopened to visitors in September 2012. Although 90% of the park burned, no infrastructure was lost and its forest survived intact, with most of the fire having stayed on the ground as an understory grass fire.
Activities include swimming in a regulation-sized pool, horseback riding, archery, disc golf, hiking, tennis, sand volleyball, and fishing. The park has rental paddleboats, hiking trails, campground, and cabins.
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  • Pretty park with cabins and camping available. Several hiking trails, pool, tennis & volleyball courts, fishing, archery, bike rentals, trail rides etc. Was a quick stop for us and not everything...  more »
  • While visiting the Rapid City area, we took a day trip to Chadron State Park. Lots of Amenities & things to do for a day or more. We only did the scenic drive from visitor center loop around the...  more »
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  • Nice place to spend the weekend. Cool little trout pond and walking trails. Warning: Take a phone or flashlight if hiking later in the day and you are unfamiliar with the paths! Lots of activities, unfortunately they were all closed the 2 days were spent here. Very comfortable cabin.
  • Possibly my favorite Nebraska state park, this place is beautiful! There's something for everyone here, excellent birdwatching and excellent facilities! The hikes are scenic, with lower trails thick in vegetation and higher trails open and above the plains. Everywhere is photogenic and wild, and the pool looks like a good way to wind down the day.

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