• An explosion of light as the sun strikes the waters of the Missouri National Recreational River

    Missouri

    National Recreational River SD,NE

Mulberry Bend Overlook

A stunning view from Mulberry Bend
A stunning view from Mulberry Bend
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A dramatic view of the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR) awaits visitors at Mulberry Bend Overlook. There is a parking area where you will find a short trail leading to two overlooks that offer views of a free flowing segment of the Missouri.

At the first overlook, exhibits provide information about the MNRR and early American Indians who inhabited the region. At the uppermost overlook, exhibits interpret the river's hydrology, the surrounding forest and a flood that devastated the town of Vermillion in 1881.

The paved trail rises 60 feet to the top and is wheelchair accessible to the first overlook.

Getting There: Take South Dakota Highway 19 south from Vermillion (it becomes Nebraska Highway 15 as soon as you cross the bridge) or Nebraska Highway 15 north toward Vermillion. The overlook is on the east side of the highway in Nebraska.

The Mulberry Bend Boat Launch (RM 775.0) is nearby. A vault toilet stands nearby and primitive camping only is allowed. To drive to this one-lane concrete boat ramp, take South Dakota Highway 19 south from Vermillion (it becomes Nebraska Highway 15 as soon as you cross the bridge) or Nebraska Highway 15 north toward Vermillion until you come to Road 579. Turn onto this gravel road and continue ahead 1.9 miles until you come to the boat ramp on your left.

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