Rugged Natural Country Near Gering
The Wildcat Hills, pine-covered bluffs that rise abruptly from the plains, are some of Nebraska’s most ruggedly beautiful country. Eight miles south of Gering on Highway 71, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center offers more than four miles of winding and scenic hiking trails, picnic facilities and cross country skiing on more than 1,000 acres of pine and cedar clad canyons. The Nature Center has an auditorium, displays and educational opportunities in ecology, biology and geology. Children especially enjoy the fossil dig, and the center’s large windows provide wide views of the area, as well as wildlife including eagles and other birds, coyotes, bobcats, wild turkey and deer. A Nebraska state park entry permit is required to enter the state recreation area. (308) 436-3777.
For more information on Gering, contact the Gering Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 245-0717 or www.visitgering.com.