4402 Dakota Ave, I-29 Exit 144B, US Hwy 20 W. to Exit 2, 2 blks S. | South Sioux City, NE | 888-315-2378
The wild west era where famous outlaws, horse thieves, lynch mobs, and lawmen ruled this area is past. Today along the Outlaw Trail (Nebraska Highway 12), you’ll be greeted only by friendly folks and big smiles as well as plenty of quiet hideaways.
Extending from the metropolitan area of South Sioux City to the “Old West” in Valentine, the Outlaw Trail Byway meanders alongside the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers where steep bluffs and tree-shrouded slopes give way to lush, rolling green hills. Jesse James and his gang reportedly hid out in the rugged wooded terrain known as the Devil’s Nest, where a curious formation of trees and brush on a hillside forms the word, “DEVIL.”
On the western end of the byway, verdant farmland graduates into the wide open spaces of ranching country and the massive Sandhills region of Nebraska.
Following the Outlaw Trail takes you through the Santee Sioux Reservation, which is home to 750 tribal members. This region is known for its friendly people, small towns, and immense landscapes. If you are respectable folks who are craving scenic beauty or wishing to explore this region’s colorful history, then the Outlaw Trail is a route you shouldn’t miss.
Length: 238.0 mi
Time to Allow: 7 hours
A 115-site campground with spacious, shaded sites along the riverfront. 8 tents, 115 trailers, $15-$29 (full and basic hookups), outdoor pool, tennis courts, playground, shelters for rent and Missouri River Boat Ramp. Scenic Park is located on the Missouri River near the Riverview Ball Complex, Dible Soccer Complex, scenic trails (which connect to the Siouxland Trails System) and the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA. The park has newly built cabins available; and, since it is located along the Missouri River, fishing for buffalo, carp, crappie, channel and flathead catfish, pike and walleye can be done on the banks.
1021 E. 6th St. | South Sioux City, NE | (402) 494-7531
The 60-acre park has a 30-acre lake and 1½ miles of hiking/biking trails, is home to more than 200 species of birds.
The park is northeast of the Highway 20 and 77 junction; the entrance is on West 39th Street | South Sioux City, NE