Indian Cave State Park

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Location: At the Missouri River, southeast Nebraska.
From Nebraska City south on Hwy 75. In Auburn, turn left onto Hwy 136. 2 km before Brownville left onto Hwy 67 south for 16 km, then turn east on S64E 8 km. Signposted from Nemaha. (Lat: 40.264 Lon: -95.56964)
Open: All year Sun-Thu 8-21, Fri 8-22. [2005}
Fee: yes [2005]
Guided tours:  
Address: Indian Cave State Park, RR 1 Box 30, Shubert, NE 68437, Tel: +1-402-883-2575, Fax: +1-402-883-2010. E-mail: contact
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14-JUL-1804 Lewis and Clark recorded that they passed a small trading post where a merchant from St. Louis traded with the Otoes and Pawnees two years previous.
1962 acquired by the Parks Commission.


Indian Cave is a huge rock shelter, not a real cave. It is famous for its petroglyphs. Carved into the soft sandstone, they depict wildlife like deer and buffalos. Later century visitors added their own graffitties, so some of the petroglyphs are destroyed now.

The Park is located along the banks of the Missouri River. The cave is an erosional river cave formed the the water of the Missouri, located in the southeastern end of the park, at the end of the road next to the turnaround. There is a wooden bridge in front of the cave, which allows the visitor a good view on cave and petroglyphs.

The State Park covers an area of more than 3,300 acres (1,336 ha) and is famous for its wildlife, especially birds, and more than 35 km of hiking trails. The majestic hardwood forest covering the hills overlooks the wide and winding Missouri. There are numerous camping facilies, tents, RVs, and Adirondack shelters along the trails.