Six miles north of Fremont on Highway 275, then four miles east on Highway 91 | Nickerson, NE | 402-727-5272
With 1,234 acres, it has more than 12 miles of hiking trails and a two-mile hike-bike trail that follows an old railroad grade and which crosses the Niobrara on a vintage iron truss bridge. Ferry Landing located two miles downstream close to Standing Bear Bridge.
The park offers guided horseback rides, playground equipment and a swimming pool, and hosts seasonal bison stew cookouts. This is part of the Missouri National Recreational River, a portion of the Missouri that has not been dredged and straightened for barge traffic, and which still resembles the wild river that Native Americans and explorers like Lewis and Clark would have known.
Tent camping and cabins overlooking the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. 35 tents, 76 trailers, 19 cabins
Summer Office hours 8am to 6:30 pm
At junction of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers, one mile west of town on Highway 12 | Niobrara, NE | 402-857-3373
Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail at, a multi-purpose trail suitable for walking, bicycling and horseback riding. Surface is either pavement or crushed limestone.
Trailheads are located in Norfolk and Valentine. Camping – 22 trailers, $6-$9.
2201 S. 13th St. | Norfolk, NE | (402) 844-2180
A 1,633-acre area with a 700-acre lake. The area has a swimming beach, two playgrounds, an eight-mile hiking/horseback trail around the lake and seven rock jetties. 7 fishing piers, waterskiing, windsurfing, shotgun hunting, shelters and trails. 18 tents, 101 trailers, $11-$15.
2 miles Southwest | Pierce, NE | (402) 329-4053
Has access to Nebraska’s only coldwater trout stream, Verdigris Creek. The 2,000-acre area is mainly rolling grassland and mixed trees. The Trout Rearing Station boasts more than 200,000 fish yearly and is adjacent to the wildlife area.
Two miles north of Royal, NE | 402-893-5468
Despite its name, most of the trees are alive on this 200-acre area is located on the Elkhorn River. The recreation area also has two ponds totaling 50 acres. Electric, primitive & non-designated camp sites. 100 tents, 17 trailers, $5-$8.
Four miles north of Scribner, NE | (402) 664-3597 | www.ngpc.state.ne.us/parks