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Peckerneck Trail at Harlan Lake

HWY 183 Alma Vista Picnic Area, Alma, Nebraska

Admin: Tammy Vasa

Peckerneck Horseback Riding Trail provides stunning lake views and a gate-free experience along the south shore of Harlan County Lake in southern Nebraska. The trail gives visitors to the lake another option besides boating and fishing. Over the course of the 12-mile trail, riders will encounter timbered areas, tall prairie grass, steep canyons and a variety of wildlife such as bald eagles and coyotes. The trail is just off of Highway 183 south of Alma, but within minutes, riders have left civilization behind for the quiet of nature. The sound of cars is lost as riders and hikers roam up and down hills and through shoulder-high prairie grass. The trail has three loops. The first, Frazier Loop, is named after Harlan County Lake’s first project manager and is a little more than an hour’s ride. The second loop, Bailey Pond, takes about four hours and the last loop, Sindt Point Loop, takes about six hours to ride. Along the trail, there are visual interest such as the Peckerneck Mine and teepees. The trail’s creators and maintainers — Dave Wolf and Dave Horton, both of Alma, and Alan Zarstow of Kearney — were recognized with the Friends and Ambassadors award by the Nebraska Horse Council’s Trails Committee for supporting and advocating this Nebraska trail. Free public access at the trail head. Primitive camping only. Haul in/Haul out. Leave no trace.

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Layover - Camping Available
Primitive Camping with no Facilities - Trail Head, Nat’l Park, Wilderness, etc.
Effort level - Easy, Beginner|Moderate

AMENITIES FOR 2 LEGGED -

-- No Amenities Available

-- Water / Potable

AMENITIES FOR 4 LEGGED -

-- No Horse Containment Available

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

12 - 14 miles of trail along the south shore of the lake. Beautiful views!

TYPE OF LAND

- Public Land

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

WATER CROSSINGS

- Streams

- Lake access

Type of Footing on the trails

- Dirt

- Meadow, Grass

Type of Terrain

- Flat

- Hills

- Hard Climbs

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Deer, fowl

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

Beautiful in spring & fall!

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