Ponca State Park is a state park of Nebraska, USA, situated among the high bluffs and forested steep hills along the banks of the Missouri River. It is located 2mi north of Ponca in northeastern Nebraska. The park is adjacent to the Missouri National Recreational River. Originally created in 1934 from 200acre of donated land, Ponca State Park and the town of Ponca itself are named after the Ponca tribe, who inhabited the area before European settlement, and whose chief, Standing Bear, won a celebrated court battle to have the Indian declared a "person" under U.S. law.See Ponca State Park and all Ponca has to offer by arranging your trip with our Ponca vacation generator.
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It is a nice park and the different views are very pretty. There are a number of walks that are nice and easy. Pretty park and nice place for a day visit more »
There was a lot to do for young children. There was great food. The only down fall was long lines. The greatest thing was the shuttles. Would I recommend it to a friend? YES more »
Ponca State Park facilities have been upgraded and made more family friendly. You can still rent a rustic cabin (with pretty complete kitchens and air conditioning) but you can also rent new lodges th... more »
Nice state park. New family size cabins with modern amenities or old rustic cabins nestled in the woods for a more private retreat. Almost all primitive tent sites are private. Remote tents sites available too that take a short hike to get to. Pool, horseback riding, kayaking, museum, education center, etc. Main lodge/office has a small stock of camping supplies, fire wood, ice, etc. Very versatile, sprawling park. Very secluded and easy to get lost in. Friendly, helpful staff. Would recommend for a quick weekend get away.
Incredible park. Fantastic Cabins and a wide array of them. From air-conditioned lodges to rustic cabins with that cool creaky floor feel. Great wildlife and CLEAN PARK!!!
Hands down the BEST place to camp during the month of October. Make sure you camp during their Hallow Fest activities. The hayrack rides sell out the day they go on sale... this year they sold out in the first 45 mins. We lucked out and were able to get some last minute since they had a few cancellations. The campgrounds are always really clean. We always camp primitive and have always found our spot to be free of trash and nicely manicured for tent camping. Customer service is also top notch in the camp store and they have an interactive exhibit explaining the history of the area. A must see is the Tri-State lookout where you are standing in Nebraska and from the overlook you can also see South Dakota and Iowa. The hiking trails are also pretty decent.
Beautiful park with lots of hiking trails, trees and wildlife everywhere. Very diverse campgrounds, from in the open with others to very remote campsites by themselves make for a great weekend getaway. Tons more to do as well, such as river fishing, exploring the forests, touring the museum and learning all about the river and the life it hosts.. all around just a great state park.
Beautiful park with gorgeous cabins on the banks of the Missouri River. We went for an evening of hiking and really enjoyed ourselves.
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