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Toadstool Geologic Park

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Address: Toadstool Rd, Oglala National Grassland, NE
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Desolate Beauty

This park is a lovely example of remote desolate beauty. It is a fifteen mile drive on a well maintained dirt road from town with a one to three mile hike depending on if you just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 September 2016
Crystal J
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North Platte, Nebraska
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North Platte, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

This park is a lovely example of remote desolate beauty. It is a fifteen mile drive on a well maintained dirt road from town with a one to three mile hike depending on if you just want to see the Geologic area or also would like to see the outer bluffs and grasslands park closer. The Geologic section is quite... More 

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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Toadstool Geologic Park is a gem in the Oglala National Grasslands, well worth a 16-mile drive over dirt roads. Drive north from Crawford, NE on Route 2, and then follow signs to the park. A one-mile loop trail starts at the parking lot with numbered stops explaining the rock formations, faults, fossils, and trackways. Sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen are... More 

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Moss Beach, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We combined this with the Hudson-Meng bison kill site. It was further along a gravel road and really off the beaten track. It an other worldly site with lots of unusual formations. Most of these were due to the unusual emotion patterns of the rocks. The mile long loop trail was flat walk out to area of formations but then... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

This out of the way site was well worth the drive on a muddy road. The formations are really cool. The hike was easy (we are in our 60's). Kids of all ages would love this!

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Lake City, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

After 15 miles of rough, washboard gravel roads, the formations are eroded away. Unlike the pictures online, all the "stems" have eroded and the "caps" of the toadstools have slid off to the side. Interesting landscape might have been more impressive had I not just come from the South Dakota Badlands. I'd rather have spent the 3 hours at nearby... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Cool features; worth a stop if you're traveling at a leisurely pace. Mind the afternoon heat; while the hike isn't exactly tough, it'd be easy to get overheated.

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Reno, Nevada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Great place for hiking and very quiet. Would also be great for primitive camping. Kinda hard to get to, signs not marked very well

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Berri, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Visited in March which is cold and no other visitors. The stark landscape is fantastic and can be explored. The rest area has basic amenities and it would be great to visit as well in warmer weather.

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Nebraska City, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

This trek really did feel like we were on the LOTR set and first of all, there was no way I was getting into an, um, debate with my better half on who was Frodo and who was Sam. Next, this was the one and only opportunity I was ever going to have to impersonate Liv Tyler so thanks for... More 

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Weatherford, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

We stumbled onto this site in search of badlands. It was eerie and amazing. Very nice walk. Road to park is not paved in areas. Sod house was very cool. Definitely worth a stop of your on way to Mt. Rushmore.

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