Niobrara State Park RV & Campground Guide

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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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Weather
Spring 26-74 F
Summer 52-89 F
Fall 26-65 F
Winter 10-43 F
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Nearby Cities
Springfield, SD
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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! 

Outside Niobrara State Park

While this particular park is brimming with amazing things to see and do, you may find that you want to spend some time outside of the park as well. In this case, you may want to try out one of the attractions, restaurants, or shops we’ve listed below. 

Restaurants

Time for a good meal that you don't have to cook? Check out these yummy local eateries:

Country Cafe

There’s nothing as good as some homestyle cooking, and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Country Cafe. With a cozy, welcoming ambiance and some seriously good food, you’ll feel like you stepped into grandma’s house. 

Type: Homestye

Location: Niobrara, NE

Two Rivers Saloon

Two Rivers Saloon is a super laid-back place with some really fun theming. The whole place feels just like a saloon from the Old West, something that kids and adults adore. Of course, the food is great as well, which is why the locals continue to return time and time again. 

Type: American

Location: Niobrara, NE

Cozy Corner Cafe

“Cute” and “friendly” are the two words that best describe Cozy Corner Cafe. This quaint place is the perfect place to sneak away for a late-morning brunch. The food is good, the staff is helpful, and nobody leaves without a smile on their face. 

Type: Comfort

Location: Verdigre, NE

Shopping

Looking for something to take home to a loved one? Or just realized you forgot something? Try the shops below!

Niobrara Trading Post

The closest place to shop, Niobrara Trading Post is very convenient for picking up any of those little things you might’ve forgotten while packing. Customers are constantly surprised by what they have on hand, and the staff is beyond friendly and helpful.

Location: Niobrara, NE

Lemon Drop Boutique

The perfect place to pick up a gift or a souvenir for yourself, Lemon Drop Boutique is locally owned and operated and has some seriously cute options. From women’s clothing to home decor and gifts, you never know what you might find here, making every a visit a bit like a treasure hunt. 

Location: Bloomfield, NE

Sightseeing

Want something fun to do outside of the park for a day? The following attractions are the perfect excuse to get out and about and explore the local area:

Ponca Tribal Museum

With a variety of artifacts on display and plenty of information for visitors to take in, the Ponca Tribal Museum is a wonderful educational attraction. 

Location: Niobrara, NE

Niobrara Museum

Another small museum, Niobrara is a must-see for anyone hoping to learn about the local area. The museum features a number of antiques and vintage items, as well as interesting historical information. 

Location: Niobrara, NE

Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park

Looking for even more outdoor fun? If so, Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park might just be your place. Check out some truly remarkable fossils as you explore and learn in this incredible place. 

Location: Royal, NE

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

Another great outdoor attraction is Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area. Whether you choose to boat, bike, or fish, you’re sure to have a good time in this beautiful Nebraska park. 

Location: Crofton, NE

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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.

Nebraska residents : $6

Non-residents : $8

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