Located two miles east and one mile south of York, the Overland Trail Recreation Area is named for the nearby Nebraska City Cut-Off, a spur of the Oregon Trail used in the 1860s. The area is more primitive than other NRD-managed recreation sites and does not have boat docks, picnic shelters, or restrooms. What it does have is trees and trails, rolling hills and peaceful prairie. It’s a lovely spot to observe wildlife. Spread a blanket and enjoy a picnic or a quiet afternoon with a good book. Bring a sleeping bag and sleep out under the stars. Come back in winter for a great place to go sledding, skating, or cross-country skiing.
The Overland Trail Recreation Area features a 17-surface-acre lake that stores 121-acre feet of water. The primary purposes of the dam and reservoir were designed to provide flood control, aquifer recharge and recreational opportunities. Development at the facility remains limited to preserve wildlife habitat.
Overland Trail is also the site of the first known frontier grave in York County, dating back to 1865. A marker on the trail notes the spot of the burial. For more information on this topic, see "Old Settlers' History of York County, Nebraska."
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