A dramatic view of the Missouri National Recreational River awaits visitors at Mulberry Bend Overlook. From the parking area, a short paved trail leads to two overlooks that offer views of a free flowing segment of the Missouri. This portion of the river exhibits characteristics that were common hundreds of years ago but are no longer seen on the "man-made" portions of the river.
At the first overlook, exhibits provide information about the national park 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. A picnic table and vault toilet is available near the parking lot.
History of Mulberry Bend
Mulberry Bend Trail
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.
Points of Interest
1. Bluff Overlook
Beautiful downstream views of the Missouri River can be seen from this vista. Sandbars on the north side of the river provide habitat for white-tailed deer, shorebirds, and cottonwoods.
2. Oak Overlook
Looking upstream you can see the Vermillion-Newcastle bridge spanning the gap between Nebraska and South Dakota. Cliff swallows often build nests under the bridge.
3. River Bend Vista
Before or after your hike, spend some time enjoying the picturesque view of the Missouri. This is one of the highest elevation points at the Mulberry Bend property.
4. Village Vista
Learn about the rich culture that the area has to offer. Displays located along the concrete trail explore the history of American Indian tribes that settled here.
All plant identification guides are available below or by requesting an electronic version via email.
Mulberry Bend Boat River Access (RM 775.0)
Access to the river at Mulberry Bend is located downriver from the Vermillion-New Castle Bridge off County Road 579. A vault toilet is available 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.
Last updated: May 10, 2020