“Nebraska's oldest state park!”
Chadron State Park is a state park of Nebraska, USA, containing part of the Pine Ridge. The park is in northwestern Nebraska 9 miles (14 km) south of Chadron, within Nebraska National Forest. It is Nebraska's oldest state park, established in 1921. At 974 acres (394 ha), the park contains a modern campground and 16 cabins. Activities include swimming in a regulation-sized pool, horseback riding, archery, Frisbee golf, hiking, tennis, sand volleyball and fishing. Chadron Creek runs through the park. The park also has rental paddleboats and several hiking trails. Cabins are small with showers and toilet facilities, and a small kitchen with stove and refrigerator and screen porches. The park is fairly heavily wooded with ponderosa pine throughout and cottonwood trees near the creek and lagoon. The majestic beauty of the Pine Ridge forms the backdrop for this great, get away from it all state park, 9 miles south of Chadron on U.S. 385. At an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet, the 972 acre park lies in the heart of the Nebraska National Forest and is dominated by ponderosa pines. There are 22 two bedroom, housekeeping cabins available from mid April to mid November, plus a group camp/conference facility. Chadron boasts a top-notch modern campground with 70 pads all with 30 amp electrical hookups. Excellent hike-bike trails lace the park and adjoining Forest Service lands.
We stayed only one night on our way to Mt Rushmore but it was gorgeous & clean. We got to pick our spots 60 & 61 right across from the bathrooms which were perfect. The sites were generously sized, easily marked & reasonably priced. They had horseback riding on premises for $16 a person - a real steal unfortunately we didn't realize it early enough. The camp store was open late, there was a pool (for an extra fee) & so much more to explore here. The only drawback was lack of trees although we didn't need it as it was in the 40's overnight in JULY....what a surprise for Florida people. Otherwise I highly recommend this site for it's convenience, quiet & other amenities.
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