Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park
View of the north bank of the North Platte river from Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park Location: From Interstate Highway 25, turn north at exit 182. Travel approximately 0.5 mile to Highway 20-26, turn right and travel east for approximately 2.2 miles to park entrance. A small day-use fee is charged.

WagonHistory: A cultural resource survey of the park was conducted in 1984, indicating no visible evidence of the Oregon Trail within the park boundaries, but that evidence was located north and south of the park boundaries. The south bank of the North Platte River lies one-half mile north of the park entrance building. The Council Bluffs Road (Childs Route) of the Oregon Trail lies several hundred feet to the north of the river's channel. It follows along the south edge of the steep bank which adjoins the floodplain on the north. The main route of the Oregon Trail lies approximately 250 feet to the southeast of the turnoff from Highway 20-26 into Edness Kimball Wilkins State Park. The incised ruts of the Oregon Trail cannot be seen from the highway; they are hidden from view behind the embankment of the abandoned highway that was the predecessor of the modern highway. The Oregon Trail ruts parallel the modern highway.