Chadron State Park
|Chadron State Park|
|Nebraska State Park|
|- elevation||3,999 ft (1,219 m) |
|Area||973 acres (394 ha)|
|- Water||1 acres (0.4 ha)|
|Management||Nebraska Game and Parks Commission|
Chadron State Park is a state park of Nebraska, USA, containing part of the Pine Ridge. The park is in northwestern Nebraska 9 miles (14 km) south of Chadron, within Nebraska National Forest. It is Nebraska's oldest state park, established in 1921. At 974 acres (394 ha), the park contains a modern campground and 16 cabins. Activities include swimming in a regulation-sized pool, horseback riding, archery, Frisbee golf, hiking, tennis, sand volleyball and fishing. Chadron Creek runs through the park.
The park also has rental paddleboats and several hiking trails. Cabins are small with showers and toilet facilities, and a small kitchen with stove and refrigerator and screen porches. The park is fairly heavily wooded with ponderosa pine throughout and cottonwood trees near the creek and lagoon.
In late August 2012 with the park threatened by the 58,000+ acre West Ash Wildfire, crews set backfires in the park to deprive the fire of fuel. The controlled burns worked and saved all structures and equipment. The park reopened to visitors in early September 2012.
- "Chadron State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 1979-03-09. Retrieved 2011-04-29.
- Gaarder, Nancy (September 5, 2012). "Fire 'defaces' beauty of state park". Omaha.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Gaarder, Nancy (September 7, 2012). "Chadron State Park reopening after fire". KearneyHub.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012.