4.5 miles
677 ft
-673 ft
Avg time

Platte River Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Platte River State Park
    Lousiville, Nebraska
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T2 Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Season
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #15900 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    75 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
  • Land Manager
    Nebraska Game & Parks

Platte River State Park (PRSP) is home to (arguably) Nebraska's best mountain bike trails. Situated in river bluffs off of the Platte River Valley, PRSP is home to over 17 miles of technical flowing terrain. The loop tied to this post is passionately dubbed Platte-athon, a 16+ mile loop with over 2,500' of elevation. This will continue to expand in the coming years, as we attempt to attain 20+ miles of trail in this beautiful park It's important to recognize that you can park in multiple area's throughout the park, and there is a new parking lot out on the east side of the park, specifically for Mountain Biking. The descriptions below are grouped into 2 main sections:

West Trails - open, fast flowing, and steep in plenty of spots. Use your speed to your advantage when riding the West. These are the oldest trails in the park and shed water the fastest. More importantly, recognize these are shared trails between hikers and bikers. Please use caution and keep your eyes out for hikers, announcing your presence and ensuring we keep a peaceful relationship between trail users. These trails can be ridden both directions, but most prefer to ride it east and ride the park road back out to the west. Test your willpower going out west on this line

East Trails - To get out east, you'll take a gravel road and double track to climb up to the trail marker. The east trails are a combination of trail built in the 90's and combined with a number of newer trails and features. It's a great blend of old and new school trails that resemble a roller coaster and contain berms, some wall rides, and a number of jumps.

PRSP is a trail that gets much more fun once you get a feel for it. This is applicable to all trails, but PRSP takes this to another level. Be patient your first couple times out, find the flow, stay in a lower gear so you have the pedaling necessary for some of the quick and punchy climbs, and you'll begin to appreciate the technical flow that you'll find. PRSP embodies all of the thrills of MTB - embrace the suck, enjoy the tranquil woods, and enjoy the thrills of some fast downhills you get rewarded for the work you've put in. Enjoy!

Access Info

Enter the State Park, paying for your annual or daily park fee, head west (left), then follow the road to the trail head. You'll bypass the right at the bottom of the hill, the left signaling the RV campgrounds, the right by the pool area, and the next right to the Strawberry cabins. This will lead you up the Teepee camping area's, where you will start for this loop.translate

Adaptive Bike Info
aMTB 2 Rating: Obstacles exist. You may or may not be able to ride this solo. Support rider recommended.
Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Platte River Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    3 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,030 ft
  • Altitude max
    1,209 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,031 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,033 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,987 ft
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on Jun 10, 2021
Avg: 3.9 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Platte River Trail Trail Reports

      Jun 10, 2021 @ 8:38am
      Jun 10, 2021
      Excellent trails all over this park at this point. Upcoming revisions to the overall map to lay out the 20+ miles that now exist in this park....
      May 15, 2021 @ 3:03pm
      May 15, 2021
      reporter Absolutely perfect.
      Nov 21, 2020 @ 7:20am
      Nov 21, 2020
      reporter Trails are in mega condition but pretty leaf-tastic in the newer sections (west, east), so check it before you send it.
      Apr 6, 2019 @ 8:56am
      Apr 6, 2019
      Conditions were excellent outside of the gully, which was a little splashy. The trail work at the top of the Prairie has some reroutes happening....
      Apr 30, 2017 @ 6:24am
      Apr 30, 2017
      Lots of rain has made the trails closed for a few days. Hopefully Tuesday is good to go again.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 38 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
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