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View of the Missouri National Recreational River from Niobrara State Park
Hiking trails at Niobrara State Park offer incredible views of the Missouri National Recreational River
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Missouri National Recreational River works in partnership with a variety of agencies and organizations at the federal, state and local levels that offer a multitude of hiking possibilites. Check out the information and links below to discover where you can go to experience the river corridor on foot.

Yankton Trail system
The city of Yankton has over 30 miles of trails that offer a variety of opportunities to explore the riverfront and the city by foot.

Gavins Point Dam area - US Army Corps of Engineers
A variety of hiking experiences are offered at this site which straddles the Lewis and Clark Lake area and the beginning of the 59 mile reach of the Missouri National Recreational River.

Clay County Park
Located just west of Vermillion, South Dakota, this park sits right along the banks of Missouri National Recreational River's 59 mile reach. The park has four miles of hiking and biking trails including one stretch leading to a lookout area over the scenic Missouri River. To learn more click here...

Ponca State Park
Thousands of Nebraskans and South Dakotans alike hit the trails at this wonderful state park right along the shores of the Missouri National Recreational River every year.

Niobrara State Park
Close to the confluence of the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, this Nebraska State Park has 14 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails along with a 160 acre area for horseback riding.

Did You Know?

Steamboats after 1881 Flood

The average lifespan of a Missouri River steamboat was 5.7 years. Twenty percent of these boats sank before their third season. More...