There’s a land on the western plains known for its football and corn crop. But there’s plenty more to Nebraska than just that. The plains of Nebraska have a beauty that Native Americans quickly took to and still draws visitors to this day. Let’s take a look at my top five RV parks, grounds, and sites for the Cornhusker State.
Prairie Oasis Campground: Henderson
Prairie Oasis Campground bills itself as the place to rest and I agree.
Prairie Oasis has all the amenities to make for a nice relaxing stay. All sites are outfitted with full utility hookups and Wi-Fi access. A camp store allows you to replenish groceries, ice, firewood and more. There are also brand new restrooms and showers along with a laundry facility
Paddle out or fish on Prairie Oasis’s private lake or spend some time with the family playing badminton or horseshoes. The 356 acre Kirkpatrick North Wildlife Management Basin is only a few miles up the road and allows for some great wildlife watching or trail hiking. If you want to see life as a Mennonite you can visit the Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park just up the road.
Robidoux RV Park: Gering
Robidoux is the perfect place to relax, unwind and take in the view of the Scotts Bluff National Monument. Robidoux RV Park has your back with their facilities and amenities. The park contains 35 sites outfitted with electric and water hookups along with cable TV and Wi-Fi access and a patio area complete with picnic table.
A spacious and clean multipurpose building houses your shower and laundry facilities.
You can head out for a hike, bike ride or drive through the Scott Bluffs National Monument or Wildcat Hills Recreation Area to start your Gering adventure, I recommend the U Street Pathway. You’re also just a short drive from Lake Minatare State Recreation area for fishing, hiking and other on water fun, Minatare is also home to the country’s only inland lighthouse.
Eugene T Mahoney State Park: Ashland
Eugene T Mahoney State Park has activities and sights to enjoy all year round. You’ll need nice provisions to start your exploration of the area and Mahoney has them. 149 RV sites, not all have full utility hookups, most have just electric and water so make a request for one with sewer or just use the park’s dump stations. Restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities are all provided as well. The brand new Peter Kiewit Lodge provides concessions, a great restaurant, educational programs and much more.
The park joins up to the Platte River for some on the water fun for the whole family including fishing, swimming, and canoeing. The campground also provides a large family aquatic center where you can splash around or lounge around all day. There are several other attractions within a ten-mile radius including Platte River State Park, the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari and the Strategic Air and Space Museum.
Ponca State Park: Ponca
Journey to Ponca State Park to experience Nebraska’s most comprehensive environmental education programs.
There are more than 57 standard sites with access to both 30 and 50 amp electric. You can take care of your other needs at the water taps and dump stations located throughout the park as well shower facilities to clean you up after a fun day on horseback. Ponca rounds its main facilities out with fire pits, picnic areas, group pavilions and playgrounds.
The trails of Ponca are very diverse so they have something for the rookie day hiker to the extreme mountain biker. You can also take guided horseback rides across the park’s scenic bluffs and plains. Jump into the swimming pool to cool off or take the kids on a hayride tour or get them fishing lessons. Ponca is also an excellent start to explore Missouri National River Recreation Area. For some education on the area head to 17,000 square foot Missouri National River Recreational River Resource and Education Center.
Fort Robinson State Park: Crawford
Experience the old west and acres of rolling plains at Fort Robinson State Park There are over 50 RV sites with electric and water hookups. The park is also outfitted with showers, dump stations, picnic areas, group pavilions and more. Horseback riding is so popular at the park that they rent out horse stalls for campers’ use.
The vast expansive plains of the Pine Ridge area make up the majority of the park. The primary way to see Fort Robinson State Park is on horseback though you can also hike, bike or take scenic drives through it. There is also a history museum for you to get a better idea of what settlers went through when moving through or settling in the area. Make sure to watch out for wild herds of buffalo!
You may not think of much to see in Nebraska, but now you know this state has to be seen on your RV travels.