Niobrara State Park RV & Campground Guide

South Dakota

A public recreation area in the northeast corner of Nebraska, Niobrara State Park occupies 1,640 acres of bluffs. A number of outdoor activities can be enjoyed in the park, and visitors definitely enjoy all that this outdoor attraction has to offer. 

As is the case in most of Nebraska, Niobrara sees cold, relatively dry winters and hot summers, with most precipitation falling in the months of May and June. Fall and spring are the ideal times to visit, but fun can be found in the park any time of year. 

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Spring 26-74 F
Summer 52-89 F
Fall 26-65 F
Winter 10-43 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Niobrara State Park

Choosing to camp during your visit to this fabulous park will make the experience even more exciting. That said, the idea of sleeping in a tent may not feel that exciting after a night or two. Instead of dealing with the discomforts of tent camping, you might consider taking an RV along. 

Of course, taking an RV may seem pretty difficult to do if you don’t have one. Luckily, there’s RVshare. RVShare has hundreds of rental RVs to choose from, meaning finding the perfect rig for your state park adventure is a cinch. 

Obviously, you’re going to need someplace to park that rental RV. Fortunately, Niobrara State Park has camping facilities right on site. The in-park campground includes 76 RV sites with both 30-amp and 50-amp electrical hookups. On top of that, guests can also enjoy a water fill-up, dump station, and a shower house. There is even Wi-Fi available at the shower house should you need to connect with family and friends. 

Unfortunately, during the busiest times of year getting into this campground is not always possible. This is where the following local camping options come into play. 

Springfield Recreation Area

Located in Springfield, SD, Springfield Recreation Area is a beautiful place to call home during your visit. Try your hand at biking, bird watching, boating, or fishing during the day and sleep peacefully in nature each night. Best of all, camping rates are only $19 a night. 

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes 

Other amenities: Recreation opportunities; dump station; shower houses; playground

Knox County Fairgrounds

Need someplace even cheaper to park your home-on-wheels? Knox County Fairgrounds offers $15 campsites. Sure, the camping area is pretty barebones, but for $15 a night, you can’t expect too much.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Lighted baseball and football fields; restrooms

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What to Do at
Niobrara State Park

Inside Niobrara State Park

As mentioned earlier, there are all kinds of things to see and do inside of Niobrara State Park. This is why the locals love the place, and why we know you will too. Here are some favorite in park activities:

Walking/Hiking/Biking — There are tons of great ways to explore this gorgeous park. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, or even just a leisurely walk, you’re sure to find the perfect place to do it during your visit. 

Swimming — The swimming facilities at Niobrara State Park are outstanding. In fact, they’re the number one reason many people visit this park during the hot summer months. 

Horseback Riding — Ever wanted to try your hand at horseback riding? The wrangler-led trail rides at this park are the perfect place to start. 

Buffalo Cookouts — Nothing says summer quite like a cookout. That’s why the weekly buffalo cookouts at Niobrara State Park are such a hit. Of course, the live entertainment doesn’t hurt the popularity of these events either. 

Interpretive Center — Want to learn a bit about the park? The J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Center is just the place to do it! 

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How to Get to
Niobrara State Park

Niobrara State Park is located just off of NE-12, about a mile and a half west of NE-14. 

The address of the park is:

89261 522 Ave

Niobrara, NE 68760

Entering Niobrara State Park

Unless you will be camping onsite, a day-pass must be obtained in order to visit this park. You can purchase this pass online or in person on the day of your visit. Depending on what you plan to do in the park, other fees may apply.

Niobrara State Park Nebraska residents : $6.0

Niobrara State Park Non-residents : $8.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Niobrara State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Niobrara State Park?

For those who enjoy floating down the Niobrara river, early fall is the best time to visit Niobrara State Park. If you want to stay dry, the hiking trails offer beautiful views of the river.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Niobrara State Park?

Wild turkey and deer roam about the park freely. Along the river, beaver, mink, and muskrat make their homes. Many bird types, from the bald eagle to the chickadee, live within the park.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Niobrara State Park?

Niobrara State Park has 37 modern campsites for RVers with electric hookups. Other amenities include drinking water, modern restrooms, dump stations, picnic tables, grills, and coin-operated showers, and the campground has a playground for kids.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Niobrara State Park and what is the cost?

Yes, you need to make reservations for all designated camping spots at Niobrara State Park. Reservations can be made 180 days in advance, and a reservation fee of $8.50 is required.

Are pets allowed at Niobrara State Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in the park. On dry land, dogs need to be on a leash no longer than six feet. When dogs are on the river, leashes are not required.