The only way to see many of the best sights in Platte River State Park is to strap on your hiking boots and get out exploring! Follow the trails through the peaceful woodland and look out for picturesque hidden streams and waterfalls.
Start with the short and relatively easy hike to the Lincoln Journal Tower, an 85-foot structure which is open to the public. If you have a head for heights you can climb the tower and enjoy the spectacular views across the park and the Platte River.
Continue further along the same trail which takes you to the Lincoln Journal Tower and within a mile you will come to Stone Creek Waterfall, one of Platte River State Park's most photographed features, and a great spot to rest up and enjoy the peace and quiet of the forest.
Serious hikers may want to take on the full length of the Platte River Trail, which winds its through the forest and alongside creeks and streams for almost eight miles. The eastern section of the trail is fairly easy, but the western section is much steeper and can be muddy underfoot, so come prepared.
Take the family on a vacation to Platte River State Park and enjoy getting back to nature as well as all the family-friendly activities which are on offer.
Many of the hiking trails in the eastern part of Platte River State Park are also suitable for horses and there are a number of equestrian centers in the area which organize guided tours on horseback - an unforgettable way to experience the beautiful Nebraska scenery.
Make the most of the lovely lake at Platte Rover State Park, which is a great sheltered spot to sit while the kids go hunting for wildlife or try their hand at fishing. Summer programs even teach kids how to fish or take them on guided nature trails. Hire a paddle boat and take the family for a spin on the water.
If you are visiting Platte River State Park during the summer months, make sure you check out one of their regular movie nights. Family-friendly films are screened at the park's small amphitheater. Bring along your own picnic and make an evening of it!