Homestead Conservation & Trails Association

HCTA
P.O. Box 183
Beatrice, NE 68310

HCTA was formed in October 2000 and is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The purpose is to advocate and support a network of trails in Gage County and throughout the State of Nebraska.

HCTA supported the 2002 purchase of the Union Pacific railroad right of way by raising money for the purchase and maintenance of the trail. HCTA also provided the area education to the trail use benefits.

HCTA is the trail manager/operator of the Ponca “Chief Standing Bear Trail” through an agreement signed on July 26, 2015 with the Nebraska Trails Foundation, Inc. and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. The trail owner is the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. This tract of approximately 230 acres is private property and opens as a recreational trail.

HCTA’s volunteer board of Directors includes two members from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, two from the Nebraska Trails Foundation Inc. and the balance of directors from Gage County.

RULES & REGULATIONS ON OR ALONG THE CHIEF STANDING BEAR TRAIL:
Respect private property
No alcohol allowed on trail
Be respectful of all trail users
Stay on the designated trails
Respect the land. Do not litter on or along the trail
All pets on lease or curbed and their waste material removed from trail
No hunting, trapping, weapons and open fires
No horses are allowed on the trail
No motorized vehicles allowed unless authorized by HCTA
Stop and yield to all traffic at crossroads

TRAILHEAD LOCATIONS:
Beatrice-South 6th ST (Hwy 77) & Perkins ST-parking/shelter/toilet/water
Holmesville (7.5 miles) Linden Lane-parking/shelter/toilet/water
Blue Springs/Wymore (5 miles) E. Broad RD-parking/shelter/toilet/water
Barneston (8 miles) HWY 8-campgrounds/parking/shelter/toilet/water
Marysville, KS (16.3 miles) Jayhawk RD & Harvest RD-parking/shelter

HOW DO WE FUND THE TRAIL MAINTENANCE WITH NO TAX INCOME?
The maintenance funding sources include farm and commercial real estate leases, trail events & leases and donations.

HERE ARE FIVE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
1. Buy a daily trail pass
2. Make an annual donation.
3. Lease the trail for an event
4. Adopt-a-portion of the trail for maintenance. 1 or 2 mile sections are available.
5. Be a trail volunteer

YOUR TRAIL PASS OR DONATION IS USED EXCLUSIVELY TO MAINTAIN THIS TRAIL.

Thank You for your support. We hope you enjoy using the Chief Standing Bear trail!