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Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, Ashland
(3.9/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is a state park of Nebraska, USA, on the Platte River. The park is located just off Interstate 80 near Ashland, Nebraska, approximately 20mi from Omaha. It is known as "A Park for All Seasons" because of its wide range of activities available year round.HistoryMahoney State Park, as it is typically referred to, was named after Eugene T. Mahoney, a former policeman, state senator, and director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Mahoney was seen as a very powerful man in politics, state government, and throughout the business community. When he took over the Game and Parks Commission, the Nebraska state parks began to grow and greatly improve. He was able to gather contributions to improve facilities statewide, particularly for the park that was to be later named after him. The park was dedicated May 19, 1991. As of 2010, it had become the state of Nebraska's second most visited tourist attraction just behind Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Mahoney was very proud of his Irish heritage. The Mahoney family crest is the symbol of the park and a loop of cabins have been named after County Cork, Munster Province in the Republic of Ireland, the Mahoney family's ancestral home. In 2014 the public access TV show Noteworthy Omaha did an episode about Mahoney State Park.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We stayed here at the little creek campground in our 5th wheel. The campground was great. We had a lot of fun and never found ourselves bored, there was so much to do at the park itself. Beautiful pla...  more »
  • It is a beautiful park. The rooms in the hotel are old but nice. It is a very charming place to go for hiking. 
  • A mid-October Tuesday and we found the "open year-round" park's campsites' restroom/shower facilities had signs declaring "closed for the winter" in most areas. Only one small campsite area was open o...  more »
Google
  • This is a beautiful park with very many activities. Well maintained and gorgeous setting. A couple of things brought my review to only 2 stars. We were woken up at 3 am, 4 am, 5 am, 6 am .... by a loud train whistle. Horrible night sleep. The other issue was at checkin. The 2 people working at 8 pm had little idea on how to use the reservation system. They assigned me a site with electric only and when I asked if a site with both water and electric was available, they had a near impossible time determining whether this was the case or not. I said to forget it since it looked like it would be forever to make the determination and they agreed. Haha. Nice park but bring ear plugs and make reservations online.
  • Nice disc golf course but whoever makes the disc golf map here needs to updated it! :) We got lost while using the map of disc golf, there were extra holes there, and yeah after that it's all good. :) So, can you please update your disc golf map to make it very accurate? Thanks! :) Also there are Very friendly staff and faculty here at Mahoney State Park! :)
  • My family and I have had a park pass for years but every time we go back we still find something new. From the clean comfortable cabins to the campground, water park, and trails. Want to try something different? Lets do a night hike. Pack some glow sticks for everyone in your group and take a walk under the stars.
  • Great place to get away for the weekend. You will hear the train all night, get over it, you are camping! The only downsides to camping is the camp host who becomes a bit overzealous about his job in regards to where vehicles are parked. The other is the other campers who don't know how to keep thier dog from barking ALL DAY. Lots of activities to do, even after labor day. We have booked again for next year!
  • Awesome state park that is well kept and can keep you busy all day long. There are various hiking trails through the woods with great views at some spots of the Platte River. Mahoney has a water park with a few fun slides, wave pool and kids area. In the heart of the park you will find an 18 hole disc golf course, mini golf and a driving range.