Niobrara National Scenic River

Located in north-central Nebraska, the Niobrara National Scenic River is considered one of the best canoeing spots in the United States. Since 1991, tourists have been visiting for its varied fish and wildlife, scenery, and recreational activities. You can find mule deer roaming along its banks, beavers and river otters in the flowing waters, and even bison. Waterfalls spill over from the cliff walls, plunging into the river, and rapids make for a canoeing adventure.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Niobrara National Scenic River

RV enthusiasts will love visiting the Niobrara National Scenic River for its wonderful, nature-filled sites. If you feel like going on a quest, be sure to hit one of the nearby trails, some of which are more difficult than others. If you're hungry, check out one of the local family-owned restaurants and pick up some food, or if you brought your own, set up a picnic somewhere by the flowing waters of the Niobrara River.

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How To Get To Niobrara National Scenic River

The Niobrara National Scenic River winds its way through northeastern Nebraska and into southern South Dakota. Head west on I-90 W. Take exit 235 for SD-273 toward Kennebec, and almost immediately turn left onto SD-273 S. Turn left to merge onto I-90 E. Follow it for about 15.5 miles. Take exit 251 toward SD-47 S. Turn right onto SD-47 S, follow it for about 10 miles, and then, turn right onto SD-49 S. Merge onto US-183 S. Follow for 38 miles to enter Nebraska. Turn right onto Riverside Road, and then, take a slight left. The river will be up ahead.

Most of the Niobrara National Scenic River is open 24 hours a day year-round. Beware that the river flows through different properties, so they may have different operating hours.


214 U.S. Hwy 20, Valentine, NE 69201

Fee: Entry fee $0

If you're looking to get away from it all and vanish into the depths of nature, Niobrara National Scenic River is one way to do so. Travelers will love how it is situated between some sparsely populated cities all the while being close to all the things you'll need. Why not do it all from the comfort of an RV?