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Indian Cave State Park is a unit of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. It takes in over 3,000 acres/1214 hectares of hardwood forest situated on the banks of the Missouri River approximately 10 miles/16 km south of Brownville, Nebraska.

The Park offers a variety of opportunities for a visitor including birdwatching, hiking, biking, horse-back riding, camping, and picnicking to name a few. There is also a boat launching ramp for those wishing to take in the opportunities found on the river. Recreated historic buildings are also a part of the Park.

Offered are 22 miles of trails in the park with some for hiking, some for biking, and 16 miles of trails for equestrian use. [1]


Notable Species

The Park itself, as well as the county in which it is located, has many species reported as being sighted.

Indian Cave State Park has had 194 species reported sighted with the Snow Goose commanding the largest number sighted. As well, there are a total of 11 eBird Hotspots located in various areas within the park. [2]

Nemaha County, where the Park is located, has had 277 species reported along with 7 globally threatened species.[3]

The Western Meadowlark, which is the Nebraska State Bird, is recorded as being sighted in this area.


While no rare species have been noted in the park itself, some of the least common sightings here include the Black-throated Green Warbler, Fox Sparrow, Solitary Sandpiper, Canada Warbler, Bell's Vireo, Great Egret, Pileated Woodpecker, and Spotted Sandpiper.[2]


Birds you can see here include:

Snow Goose, American White Pelican, Cliff Swallow, Canada Goose, Red-winged Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, American Robin, American Goldfinch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Blue Jay, Cedar Waxwing, Pine Siskin, Double-crested Cormorant, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chipping Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, American Tree Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse

Other Wildlife

In addition to bird sightings, a Park visitor may have the opportunity to see deer, turkeys, woodchucks, beavers, and raccoons. [1]

Site Information

History and Use

Early habitation in this location is known based on prehistoric petroglyphs that have been found in the cave. [1]

Areas of Interest

The Missouri River itself, multiple birdwatching spots within the park proper, hiking trails with bird and wildlife potential, old-growth forests, and camping facilities are a few of the attractions of this location.[1]

Access and Facilities

Consult a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information regarding travel to this location.

Contact Details

Indian Cave State Park

65296 720 Rd

Shubert, Nebraska 68437-9801

Phone: (402) 883-2575


  1. Nebraska Game and Parks - Nebraska State Parks - http://outdoornebraska.gov/stateparks/
  2. eBird – Indian Cave State Park - https://ebird.org/hotspot/L870427
  3. Lepage D. (2020) Nemaha Bird Checklist - Avibase - Bird Checklists of the World. Retrieved 24 October 2020

Recommended Citation


  1. Indian Cave State Park on Google Maps

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