Indian Cave State Park, located along the Missouri River is southeast Nebraska, is a large, mature eastern deciduous forest with some upland, wetland, and riverine habitats. Along the Missouri River flyway, it is an important stopover for many migrating species. The dense woods affords nesting habitat for birds needing expansive areas of trees.

Ornithological Summary

Indian Cave State Park is located on the banks of the Missouri River in southeast Nebraska. It contains about 75 percent mature eastern deciduous forests with flora of southern affinities, with the remaining land in river frontage, grasslands, and developed areas. Bordering the Missouri River, it is an important spring and fall stopover along the flyway for many migrating species, among them black- and yellow-billed cuckoo, acadian flycatcher, scarlet and summer tanager, and many species of warblers and vireos. Resident species include pileated woodpeckers and northern bobwhite, and red-headed woodpeckers may overwinter.


Indian Cave State Park is owned and operated by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Land Use

Miles of hiking trails afford excellent opportunities for birdwatching and horseback riding. Primitive campsites are available, but there are no cabins or other lodging facilities.

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