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This is a list of state parks in the U.S. state of Nebraska; the state park system is divided into state parks, state historical parks, state recreation areas and a state recreational trail. The parks are managed by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

State parks

Name  County   Size Image   Notes  
acres ha
Chadron State Park Dawes 974.26 acres 394.27 ha Chadron State Park.jpg Nebraska's oldest state park
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Cass 673.101 acres 272.394 ha Platte River.jpg Multiple recreational and meeting facilities, fronted by the Platte River
Fort Robinson State Park Dawes,
22,332.72 acres 9,037.73 ha Fort Robinson Comanche Hall from W.jpg Former U.S. Army fort
Indian Cave State Park Nemaha,
3,399.7 acres 1,375.8 ha Indian Cave State Park.jpg Petroglyphs; restored village of St. Deroin
Niobrara State Park Knox 1,236.59 acres 500.43 ha Niobrara State Park bridge E end.JPG

Includes the historic Niobrara River railroad bridge

Platte River State Park Cass 452.5 acres 183.1 ha Tower Platte River.jpg Modern observation towers, vintage cabins from earlier campgrounds
Ponca State Park Dixon 2,123.63 acres 859.40 ha On the banks of the Missouri River
Smith Falls State Park Cherry 265.5 acres 107.4 ha SmithFallsNE.jpg Nebraska's highest waterfall

State historical parks

Name  County   Size Image   Notes  
acres ha
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park Otoe 73.85 acres 29.89 ha Arbor Lodge 2008 3.jpg Estate of J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day.
Ash Hollow State Historical Park Garden 1,001.03 acres 405.10 ha Ash Hollow P7170172 Valley of North Platte.jpg Major stopover on the Overland Trail
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park Antelope 360 acres 150 ha Ashfall Fossil Beds - 1978-79 quarry.JPG Fossil remains at a 12-million-year-old watering hole
Bowring Ranch State Historical Park Cherry 435 acres 176 ha Hereford demonstration ranch donated by former U.S. Senator Eve Bowring
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park Lincoln 24.68 acres 9.99 ha Scouts Rest NE.JPG Home of the famed frontier showman
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park Washington 154.36 acres 62.47 ha Powder magazine Fort Atkinson.jpg Reconstruction of the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River
Fort Hartsuff State Historical Park Valley 18.4 acres 7.4 ha Fort Hartsuff compound 4.JPG Typical infantry outpost of the 19th century Plains
Fort Kearny State Historical Park Buffalo 39.21 acres 15.87 ha Reconstructed Blacksmith shop made of sod.jpg Partial reconstruction of fort that protected travelers of the Overland Trail
Rock Creek Station State Historical Park Jefferson 353 acres 143 ha Rock Creek Station SHP East Ranch 2.JPG Partially reconstructed stagecoach and Pony Express station

State recreation areas

State recreational trail

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