5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in Nebraska

By Katie Griffing

5 Beautiful Backpack Camping Spots in Nebraska

When it comes to choosing a camping spot, the only thing a backpacking camper needs is a water source and flat spot to sleep for the night. Thankfully, there are plenty of places where you can not only sleep comfortably but also enjoy a day of fishing or relaxation in nature. Here are five beautiful backpack camping spots in Nebraska.

1. Niobrara State Park

Located right where the Niobrara and Missouri rivers meet, the Niobrara State Park offers excellent camping options tucked in the hills and coupled with an unforgettable outdoor experience. The Niobrara State Park campgrounds include picnic spots and grills for meals. Backpackers will also find Adirondack shelters available. Horseback trails, hiking trails, and fishing are just a few of the activities you can enjoy at this stunning countryside camping spot.

2. Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area

The Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area is located near the second largest lake in Nebraska in Crofton. Beautiful camping spots are located right along the shoreline of the lake where there is plenty of trees for shade, picnic shelters, showers, and a playground. A few different campgrounds are available with various levels of services depending on how primitive of a camping experience you’re after.

3. Fort Kearny State Historical Park

Fort Kearny is home to one of the world’s largest populations of sandhill cranes and waterfowl and provides a variety of more primitive camping options. Enormous cottonwood trees, some over 100 years-old, shade the camping area located in the central Platte River valley. Showers, picnic areas, grills, and many trails are available to explore. 

4. Ponca State Park

Located along the picturesque Missouri River bluffs in Northwestern Nebraska, Ponca State Park is a top choice for backpacking campers. With more than 20 miles of trails, there is plenty to explore and see throughout the wooded bluffs. Ponca State Park provides primitive camping options year-round along with showers, picnic tables, fire pits, and other basic services for all your camping needs.

5. Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Two Rivers is another fantastic camping option for backpackers. The recreation area is surrounded by more than 300 acres of land, seven ponds, and amazing views of the Platte River. There are plenty of camping spots to choose from with amenities ranging from showers, picnic areas, a kiosk, and restroom facilities.

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