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Ponca State Park, Ponca

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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.
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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 
  • 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 
  • 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...  read 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.
  • 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.
  • What an awesome park! My fiancee's family had a reunion at the park and got cabins for all of us. I live in Bellingham, WA and my fiancee in Anacortes, WA. I've never been to the midwest and this park was a great educational as well as recreational experience. Her parents and kids stayed at a big newer cabin, the mink and we stayed in the older ones, #7,8 & 9. All were very nice and rustic, especially the older with shellacked beautiful pine walls. We fished the ponds as well as the beautiful Missouri. The 3 state view on the hill was jaw dropping. We spent more than a breezy evening enjoying good brew up there. The bluffs and greenery were very scenic too. The office had a wonderful museum that was so visual, educational and in depth that I regret I never fully saw everything even viewing 3 different times only to be whisked away by my fiancee to some other fun event. Her relatives went kayaking and bow shooting, both excursions we missed. But we didn't miss the horseback riding which was quite fun. My horse, Buck was the rebel and stud/leader wannabe vs another big horse that was the boss. He was a little stubborn but I talked soothing words to him and let him eat a little on the way and then they let us feed them oats, which sealed our friendship, LoL. The park rangers and staff are very friendly and the park is very well taken care of. Coming from WA where parks are a high priority I was very impressed. At the end we were sorry to leave but very exhausted from too much fun, Hahahaha.
  • This is the largest state park I have seen yet and one of the most beautiful. They have fun classes in making bird feeders, pioneer doll making, shooting different rifles and archery as well as horse back riding and swimming pools. Beautiful campsites as well. I would come back often if I lived in the area.
  • 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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