Step Outside - Nebraska WELCOME TO STEP OUTSIDE! Find the best outdoor fun near you! en-us 30 http://stepoutside.org/ Step Outside - Nebraska 144 144 http://stepoutside.org/ https://cdnstep-americantownscom.netdna-ssl.com/img/stepoutside_logo.gif Thu, 18 Apr 2019 19:54:11 -0500 5 Awesome RV Campsites in Nebraska In Nebraska, there is an endless array of outdoor activities to enjoy. What’s more, if you own an RV then there’s little you need to get out and experience it all. For campers who prefer the RV lifestyle, there is no shortage of RV-friendly campsites in Nebraska that come complete with everything you need to have a great time and be comfortable. So if you’re on a quest to find the best RV campgrounds in Nebraska, we’ve put together five of the most awesome RV campsites in the state!

If you’re looking for a high-energy and entertaining campsite for a weekend getaway, then make your way to RiverWest Park in Elkhorn. With RV and tent camping available, you can also reserve fire pits to enjoy during the evenings. Recreational activities at RiverWest Park are geared toward adult guests and include movie nights on a giant screen, tubing, kayaking, tanking float trips, and more.

There is plenty to do at West Omaha/NE Lincoln KOA campgrounds in Gretna. Just a short drive from downtown Omaha and Lincoln, there is plenty of spaces for RV vehicles, with 80-foot full hook-up and 50-amp service available, as well as family-friendly activities to enjoy. From a large playground and swimming pool to sand volleyball courts and movie nights, this KOA is the perfect summertime escape. When evenings roll around, cable television is also available for all cabins and RV sites. 

For a relaxing camping experience, head to Victorian Acres RV Park in Nebraska City. Located on 26 acres of land, there are over 90 RV sites complete with full hookups, Wi-Fi access, restroom and shower facilities, and incredibly welcoming owners. Victorian Acres is known for its clean and comfortable grounds so you can feel like you’re right at home.

This family-friendly RV campground located in Waco has everything you need for a relaxing, fun getaway. With plenty of spacious sites for even the largest RVs and all of the amenities you’d expect at home, there’s no doubt guests will feel comfortable at this campground resort. Double Nickel also offers a swimming pool, off-leash dog park, mini golf, an arcade, and free high speed Internet to enjoy throughout the park.

For the best way to enjoy Nebraska’s sandhills, make your way to Fishberry Campground in Valentine. This RV site is located right near some of the most stunning natural attractions in Nebraska—including the Niobrara River, sandstone cliffs, and the Smith Falls waterfall. Fishberry offers travelers picnic tables, 30-amp hookups, restroom and shower facilities, and Wi-Fi throughout the site. 

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6 Best Ski and Snowboard Stores in Nebraska Planning a trip to nearby Colorado? Then you’ll probably need to stock up on ski gear or get fitted for some new boots before you go. Despite a lack of mountainous terrain, Nebraska has plenty of sporting goods stores where you can find all of the skiing and snowboarding gear you might need for your next big trip. Here are the six best ski and snowboard shops in Nebraska.

The Moose’s Tooth in Lincoln is a fantastic store that carries name brands like Chaco, the North Face, and Patagonia. Before you head to the slopes, be sure to stop in for top-of-the-line accessories and clothing to keep you warm.

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Cabela’s has three locations across Nebraska: Kearney, Sidney, and La Vista. The Kearney location sprawls 35,000 square-feet, the Sidney location boasts an impressive 85,000 square-feet, and the La Vista location stretches an incredible 128,000 square-feet! Nearly 250,000 square-feet of Cabela’s? We love the sound of that. This world-class retailer will serve all of your sporting goods needs, and will equip you for a successful experience on the slopes. Find entry-level snowboards, Arctix insulated ski pants, Columbia ski gloves, and cozy North Face hats.  

SCHEELS is a large, employee-owned sporting goods store with locations in Lincoln and Omaha. Not only do they carry a large inventory of skiing accessories and poles, but they also have name brand snowboards and all of the gear to match. Find everything from Salomon snowboards, to Burton bindings, to Dakine (https://www.dakine.com/en-us/) tune kits. 

Play It Again Sports, with locations in Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha, buys, sells, and trades new and gently-used sporting goods and fitness equipment. Because the inventory is constantly changing, it’s also a great place to find one-of-a-kind skiing and snowboarding equipment, such as skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, and much more. 

DICK’s Sporting Goods has locations in Papillion, Omaha, Grand Island, and Lincoln, Nebraska. This top-notch chain retailer is your one-stop shop for everything you might need related to skiing and snowboarding. From ski goggles and helmets, to boots and boards, expert staff can help you select the very best products and fit so you can be sure to have a great time on the slopes. 

Visit the North Face Outlet in Gretna and get equipped with all of your skiing and snowboarding accessories and clothing. Find cozy jackets, gloves, hats, base layers, pants, and more! 

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10 Best Ice Skating Rinks in Nebraska Whether you’re just lacing up a pair of skates for the first time or if it’s your lifelong passion, Nebraska boasts a number of excellent ice skating rinks with well-maintained ice and plenty of opportunity for fun with friends and family. From indoor rinks to giant sheets of ice in state parks, here are the 10 best ice skating spots in Nebraska. 

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is one of the largest and most popular state parks in Nebraska and features an enormous, manicured ice rink for family outings. During operating hours there is a small fee, however, you can also visit the rink during off hours for free if you bring your own skates. 

Located in the heart of downtown Lincoln, the Railyard Ice Rink is a popular spot to go ice skating during the winter months. This beautiful, well-maintained rink is close to cafes and shops so you can quickly and easily warm up with a hot drink after spinning around on the ice. 

The Motto McLean Ice Arena is a popular ice skating spot in Omaha that is open year-round. Ice skaters of all ages will have fun on the rink and the arena also hosts both ice skating and figure skating lessons for those who want to take their skills to the next level. 

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The John Breslow Ice Hockey Center is the first indoor ice skating rink in Lincoln and not just for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s use. The NHL-size rink is also open for public ice skating sessions throughout the year. If you’re looking for lessons or team sessions, the ice hockey center provides some options for both. 

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In Fremont, the Sidner Ice Arena is the perfect spot to hit the ice with friends and family. The ice skating rink hosts public skating sessions, as well as a number of events and ice hockey games all year round. 

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Grover Ice in Omaha is one of the newest ice skating rinks in the state. In addition to a large sheet of ice, this spot features a food and beverage bar, party rooms, and open skate sessions. Grover Ice is also home to the Omaha Broomball Club and many league hockey clubs. 

The Ralston Arena is another favorite ice skating spot in Nebraska. If you’re in the city, check for open skate sessions and enjoy an afternoon or fun date night on the ice. 

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Every year, the University of Nebraska Medical Center sets up its very own outdoor ice skating rink conveniently located in the heart of Omaha. Public skating sessions are open on Fridays and Saturdays so grab some friends and enjoy some skating, music, and concessions.

In Kearney, the large Viaero Center offers public ice skating sessions all winter long. Skate rentals are available at the rink and ice skaters of all ages are welcome to come test out their skills. 

Last but not least, the Moylan Iceplex in Omaha features the only Olympic-sized ice rink in the state. Home to the Omaha Hockey Club and the Moylan Premier Skating Club, among other groups, Moylan Iceplex also offers more than 1,000 hours of public skating sessions. 

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7 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Nebraska Camping is one of the best ways to get close to nature, and camping in the winter is an even more special experience. With a little extra gear and the proper planning, winter camping can be pure bliss. The best way to rough it without freezing your butt off in a tent is by staying at one of the great cabin options Nebraska has to offer during the winter. Here are our favorites.  

Merritt Trading Post Resort is a unique camping spot that has 15 cabins, boat rentals, fishing, and much more. The resort offers beautiful, panoramic views of the lake and easy access to top-notch pheasant, waterfowl, deer, and turkey hunting. 

Medicine Creek is located along a beautiful 1,768-acre lake that provides you with excellent camping. You can rent one of their lakefront cabins and enjoy the spectacular views.

Founded in 1921, Chadron State Park is quietly nestled inside distinctive buttes and canyons of Nebraska’s Pine Ridge. The location is popular among campers and hikers because of the incredible landscapes. Fully-furnished cabins are available with built-in kitchens and all the supplies you need for a winter weekend getaway. 

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park, also known simply as Mahoney, is a fantastic park that is open year-round. There are tons of options for hiking trails, biking, and visiting an observation tower. During the winter months, they have sledding and ice skating, and cabins available for rent. 

The Victoria Spring State Recreation Area has been described as an oasis in the Sand Hills. The name comes from the mineral springs located within the 60-acre park. Spring water from here is bottled and sold country-wide. The park offers modern cabins with all the furnishings and built-in kitchenettes. 

Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area runs along the state’s northeast border with South Dakota and was part of Lewis and Clark’s famous exploration. The park offers modern, cozy cabins for relaxation.

Niobrara State Park is nestled between the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. At this tranquil park you can rent a cabin with furnished kitchens, stoves, and screened-in porches. During the day, you will be able to enjoy lots of wildlife watching opportunities from the comfort of your cabin. 

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5 Best Cross-Country Skiing Spots in Nebraska If you’re ready to immerse yourself in the wonderful wintery landscape of Nebraska, then take advantage of one of the most enjoyable workouts you can do during the winter months—cross-country skiing! Nebraska’s state parks offer a variety of fun and challenging trails for cross-country skiing once the snow hits the ground. Here are five amazing cross-country skiing spots in Nebraska. 

Throughout Mahoney State Park in Ashland there are several miles of hiking trails that are groomed in the winter months for cross-country skiing activities. Head to Mahoney State Park for a relaxing time away from the crowds and to get closer to nature. 

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Schramm Park State Recreation Area offers a 2.5-mile looped trail for more adventurous cross-country skiers to test their skills. Grab your skis and head to Louisville, Nebraska, for varying terrain and a scenic experience.

When the snow falls in Lincoln, cross-country skiers can head to Pioneers Park for a fun day out on well-groomed trails that wind through the beautiful pinewood forest. 

With 22 miles of trails that range from easy to rather challenging, Ponca State Park is groomed for cross-country skiers. Explorers will find approximately five miles of spur trails that provide a connection to other trails and park facilities, so you’ll be skiing all day long. 

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Best known for its loess hills formed by windblown soils, Indian Cave State Park is a cross-country skiers delight. There are more than 22 miles of trails available, and plenty of opportunity for wildlife viewing from deer, to fox, to turkey. Get an invigorating workout on the trails at Indian Cave. 

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Best Winter Weekend Getaway at Chadron State Park The word “vacation” often conjures images of sandy beaches with sun-tanned vacationers maxing and relaxing beneath the shade of a native palm tree—perhaps sipping on an umbrella-decked drink. While that may be the typical idea of a vacation, finding somewhere to escape to during the winter season can be just as satisfying. And you can enjoy the great outdoors, too. From hiking to cross-country skiing, here’s how to make the most of your winter weekend getaway at Chadron State Park. 

Take the family out to explore a place deeply rooted in history. Agate Fossil Beds contains one of the world’s most significant Miocene Epoch mammal sites, according to the monument’s website. There are several different historical collections available to view, such as the James H. Cook collection, which contains items from the local Native American culture, and the Visitor Center Diorama, which houses reconstructed skeletons of Miocene age mammals.

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Camping can be a blast in the winter—maybe even more so than in the summer. Camp at Red Cloud Campground year-round and witness the majesty of a winter in Nebraska. Cozy up to a campfire, wrapped in a flannel blanket with a mug of hot cocoa and bask in the silence of the Nebraska wilderness.

History enthusiasts, come one, come all. The Museum of Fur Trade stands on the site of James Bordeaux’s trading post that, in 1837, was established for the American Fur Company, states the museum website. With more than 6,000 authentic artifacts it will be easy to lose the day by traveling back in time amongst history. Photography is allowed, even better.

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With more than 22,000 acres Fort Robinson State Park is the place to experience Nebraskan nature. The park offers 60 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of mountain bike trails. No bike? Rent one at the park’s Activity Center. If you brought your hiking gear, this is the place to make some use of it.

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Whether small-game or big-game hunting is on the agenda, Nebraska National Forest is the place to travel to. The forest is comprised of two distinct areas, one that is located near Halsey in central Nebraska and one that is in the north eastern panhandle area. Pack the hunting gear and bag some game.

After you visit the Chadron section of the Nebraska National Forest, you might as well try your luck ice fishing in the Halsey section. Drop a line at Bessey Fishing Pond, which is regularly stocked with different kinds of fish. Those include trout, bass, catfish, and panfish.

Neb-Kota train travels 12 miles, which takes about three hours. Ride aboard the dinner train and receive an elegant dinner and an ever-changing view of the landscape. Affordable and unique, the train ride is a must-have experience.

With 100 miles of trail, Pine Country Trail puts the “cross-country” in cross-country skiing. A great way to burn off excess winter energy, skiing is a popular winter pastime. Go on a short trip or a long one, just remember to plan accordingly.

A replica of the famous Stonehenge, Carhenge is made up of the circle of cars, three standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and two station stones. All the cars are vintage American automobiles, painted grey to imitate real stones. While it may not be a historical site, it’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Do you like to look at shiny things? Well, don’t we all? Feast your eyes on the rocks, minerals and fossils at this Nebraskan museum. Exhibits include the Ohme collection of agates, jade and petrified wood. The museum is home to meteorites, vertebrate fossils, rock-forming minerals and more. 

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SPOTLIGHT: Things to Do in and Around Fort Robinson State Park With preserved relics and historic trails that pioneers once traveled, Fort Robinson State Park is the ultimate escape in Nebraska. This park boasts plentiful hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, camping opportunities, and surrounding attractions that call for a several days of exploration. Here are the best things to do in and around Fort Robinson State Park.  

Western Nebraska is dotted with historic sites nestled in some of the Midwest’s most beautiful state parks. From 1873 until after World War II, Fort Robinson served as a military camp and many of its original buildings are still in use at the Fort Robinson State Park today. The area has a long history and currently offers a wide range of activities and places to stay and explore the rich history of the land. 

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All of the trails at Fort Robinson State Park are open to hikers, and most are open to mountain bikers and equestrians. The trails wind through forests, meadows, streams, and rugged hills and there’s no shortage of plants and wildlife to enjoy along the way. Head to the Soldier Creek Loop for a quiet hike in the wilderness that crosses approximately 11 miles from the parking area at the North and Middle Fork trailheads and connects to the Trooper Trail. 

The Smiley Canyon scenic drive will take you from the Fort Robinson Camping Area through a beautiful canyon where you’ll see bison and pronghorn roaming freely. This majestic drive does not see a lot of traffic, so you’ll have some of the best views in all of the park to yourself.

Fort Robinson State Park offers plenty of shady camping spaces with electrical hookups, picnic tables, modern restrooms and showers, and shelters. The park is also very accommodating to horses, offering horse barns to put your horse up for the night. With many trails to hike and to ride, Fort Robinson campgrounds are the perfect place to camp and enjoy the great outdoors.

Find out just how tough life was for early settlers at the Museum of the Fur Trade in nearby Chadron. The museum stands on the site of an old trading post established for the American Fur Company in 1837. It houses an outstanding collection of trade goods, cutlery, textiles, costumes, and much more.

After a long day outdoors, unwind with a visit to the Post Playhouse, Northwestern Nebraska’s best live theatre company located in Crawford. With several productions rotating at a time, this small but delightful theater brings together some of the best professionals from across the country and nearby.

For an exciting ride through the buttes of Fort Robinson, you can book a ride on an open-air Jeep and learn about the history and geology of the area while the wind flows through your hair. For a more relaxed option, book a spot on the horse-drawn tour of the park and surrounding buttes.

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5 Cool Spots for ATV Off-Roading in Nebraska If you want to get out into nature and explore some of the best outdoor trails with your ATV, then Nebraska has a ton of great options for you and your friends. There are plenty of outdoor playgrounds right in your backyard. We’ve gathered 5 awesome places for ATV off-roading in Nebraska that you must visit! 

ATVs, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, Jeeps, dune buggies, and more, are all permitted in the Bessey Ranger District. This spot is open year-round, and boasts 90,000 acres and 300 miles of roads, sand rails, ATV trails and more. This is an off-roading lover’s paradise.  

Fiddler Creek is a great motocross park that offers two awesome tracks, one main track and one for beginners. It’s a well-maintained track with friendly members. Membership gets you a key to the track, but you can also check their Facebook page for open rides days. 

Cedar Run offers a great combination of a 470-acre trail and also a nearby campground. The trail is open year-round and recent improvements include marking for your convenience. 

Off Road Ranch in Norfolk is an incredible place to get your fix of off-roading. Motocross bikes, ATVs, and quads are permitted to ride on the various courses. One great feature is the 300-foot sand drag strip to test your skills! 

Another popular spot for off-roading, this area allows ATVs, dirt bikes, dune buggies, sand trails, trucks, and more. This area is open year-round, barring inclement weather conditions during certain seasons. There are dirt roads and trails throughout Pine Ridge. There is also camping, auto tours, and hunting in the area. 

*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.

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5 Stunning Foliage Hikes in Nebraska The diversity of plant species across Nebraska make it the perfect spot to get outside and enjoy a foliage hike. The crisp air and beautiful plant life offer some of the most peaceful and beautiful adventures. The breathtaking array of colors and wildlife in these places offer a journey into nature that is unmatched. 

The Lewis and Clark Scenic Byway is named after two of the most famous explorers and offers spectacular views of forests and the Missouri River. Along the way there are many places to hike including Pelican Point State Recreation Area and Scenic Park campground. 

At Indian Cave State Park you will find over 22 miles of hiking and biking trails that offer beautiful views of Nebraska’s outdoors. The spectacular show of color during autumn brings many tourists to the area to enjoy the spectacular views. 

Thousands of families travel to the Fontenelle Forest every year to experience over 26 miles of maintained trails and wildlife. The native prairies, lakes, and waterways offer beautiful scenery and foliage. 

The Ponca Hills are a great spot to view beautiful foliage during the autumn months. Located just north of Omaha, you can find a Halloween festival here and a ton of outdoor places to hike and experience nature. 

The Platte River State Park has two observation towers offering spectacular views of the Platte River valley. You will also find a waterfall and tons of scenic hiking and biking trails to explore. 

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ATV Off-Roading Adventure at Nebraska National Forest For ATV enthusiasts, there’s nothing better than a weekend getaway on the trails and back roads of Nebraska. No matter where you live in the state, you’re not far from a location perfectly suited for an adventure. The Nebraska National Forest offers over 300 miles of trails and is one of the best places in the Midwest for anyone who wants to experience the best of the best. Here’s our guide to the perfect off-roading weekend trip in Nebraska. 

Sprawling across more than 90,000 acres, the Nebraska National Forest (Bessey Ranger District) near Halsey is one of the most welcoming spots in the state for serious ATV and all other motorsport riders. Make your way into the park and enjoy 300 miles of roads and trails perfect for ATVs. The Nebraska National Forest is open year-round for both riding and camping.

After a long day of riding, there’s nothing like a hearty meal. Make your way to the nearby Cowpoke Cafe, a local hot spot in Thedford. The Cowpoke Cafe is famous for its delicious home cooking and with cold Nebraska-brewed beers, excellent burgers, and friendly service, what more could you ask for? 

After a day out enjoying the Nebraska National Forest, rest up at the Halsey Frontier Inn in downtown Halsey. This comfortable, friendly inn hosts many of the forest’s riders all year round, so they know exactly what you need after a long day out on the trails.

While you’re in the Nebraska National Forest, a visit to the Scott Lookout Tower is a must. Renovated in 2011, the tower offers stunning views of the surrounding forest and grasslands. Watch your step as the climb up to the tower is narrow, however, the 360-degree scenic views are a must-see!

On your way out, you can also stop at America’s 20th Century Veterans Memorial in North Platte. This ambitious monument honors military veterans and heroes who served their country and is made up of many larger-than-life bronze statues and plaques. The memorial is open year-round and self-guided tours are available. 

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5 Best Fishing Spots in Nebraska If you’re in search of a beautiful place to kick back, relax, and hook that big catch, Nebraska is your state. There are spectacular fishing options available in Nebraska year-round. Whether you’re into catching catfish or walleye, discover what makes Nebraska a great state for anglers with the five best fishing spots. 

When you think of Nebraska’s Sandhills you might think of arid dunes. However, there are also thousands of lakes scattered throughout the area. And while the majority of the lakes are quite shallow, it’s a great spot to find big yellow bellies and more. The public access area can get busy so make your way South where there is less traffic and deeper water to enjoy. The deepest Sandhill lake is the Blue Lake in Garden County. 

This reservoir on the North Platte River offers excellent boating and fishing with cool, clear, and deep waters. The fish you can find in Lake McConaughy include rainbow trout and catfish, but the prized fish is the walleye. In fact, the lake hosts several walleye tournaments each year. If you need to stock up on supplies before you go, check out Vogl’s Lodge & Lure in Lemoyne. Anglers will find gas, bait, tackle, permits, fishing licenses, and more. 

Nebraska’s Box Butte Reservoir boasts a 1,600-acre lake and another great fishing spot loaded with pike. In recent years, there have been efforts to reduce the overpopulation of pike in the lake, so make your way here for some fantastic catches any time of the year.

As one of the best spots to catch catfish in the state, the Merritt Reservoir offers fishing enthusiasts a great chance to hook a big fish from the shore or from a boat. Because of the booming catfish population, this spot is picking up popularity so get out there and catch some before everyone else does! Stop at the Merritt Trading Post Resort in Valentine for bait and tackle, convenience store snacks, beer, fuel, and much more. 

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The Wagon Train Lake is a smaller lake but with excellent fishing. From catfish to angler, this 315-acre lake is the perfect spot to catch a top-notch fish. Some fishermen have reported catching fish up to 12 to 15 pounds. Many locals also report catching largemouth bass, rock bass, bluegill, and much more at the Wagon Train Lake. 

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5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in Nebraska In Nebraska, the cooler weather in September and October provides comfortable days for enjoying the outdoors and cool nights for sleeping. Couple the amazing weather with the endless forests of yellow and orange and spectacular river views, and fall in Nebraska is one of the best times to plan your own camping getaway. So pack your bags and head out to enjoy one of these five perfect fall camping spots in Nebraska before winter hits! 

Indian Cave State Park near Shubert is one of the absolute best spots to camp in the Nebraska fall. Surrounded by endless forest and flora, set up your tent then head out to enjoy the numerous hiking and biking trails through the gorgeous fall-colored trees. During the month of October, Indian Cave campers also tend to decorate their campsites with lights and spooky decorations which can make for a fun, different way to experience Halloween activities.

Stretching alongside the eastern part of the Missouri River, Ponca State Park offers more than 20 miles of hiking trails for fans of fall foliage to enjoy. Campsites at Ponca State Park are paved and have electrical hookups, however, more primitive campsites are available if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous. In the fall, many families gather here to enjoy the cooler weather and have cookouts. 

The Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is another fantastic camping option for the fall. Well-maintained trails and a 70-foot observation tower provide stunning views of the Platte River and the forest filled with fall colors that surround it. Camping and fishing is allowed all year-round so make your way here and enjoy everything that fall in Nebraska has to offer.

Located right where the Niobrara and Missouri rivers meet, Niobrara State Park offers plenty of camping and outdoor activities to experience all year round. Campgrounds, horseback riding trails, hiking trails, and fishing, can all be enjoyed through the fall but the real treat is making your way to one of the lookout points and seeing the beautiful fall colors along the river banks.

Located about halfway between Omaha and Lincoln, Platte River State Park is the perfect weekend escape, even in the fall months. With spectacular views overlooking the Platte River, campers can enjoy their stay in a modern cabin, teepees, or their own tents. 

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5 Great Hiking Trails in Nebraska Nebraska is home to numerous top-notch state parks with well-maintained hiking trails and fun activities for all ages. If you’re looking for a fun weekend escape, there are plenty of places in Nebraska where you and your family can be one with nature. Here are 5 excellent hiking trails for families to explore in Nebraska. 

This wetland sanctuary includes some excellent trails around the marsh and family-friendly events such as 2nd Saturdays which offer educational programs geared toward families with children. On the Heron Haven trails, you’ll spot many types of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife creatures and critters.

For a day trip from Omaha or Lincoln, take your family exploring at the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park. In addition to well-maintained walking and bike trails, the park also has an aquatic center, indoor playground, observation tower, and sledding and ice skating activities during the winter months for families to enjoy. Mahoney State Park also offers family-friend facilities for camping near the lake if you want to stay out exploring the trails all weekend.

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The Fontanelle Forest has lots of children’s play areas as well as special activities for children planned throughout the year. For example, on Family Sundays the park invites families to come out and discover the forest. There are hiking trails for all ages and abilities so everyone can enjoy the fantastic sights and sounds.

The trails at the Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland cover roughly two miles in a serene setting. Families can hike through the Wolf Woods, or head over to Frog Lake, and witness some incredible wildlife and nature up close and personal. The park is home to elk, deer, bison, and many more animals native to the state.

For a family picnic with incredible views, visit Schramm Park in Louisville and explore the bluffs along the river. Take your family exploring around the trout ponds, aquarium, or the geologic display. The 1.3-mile trail at Schramm Park welcomes hikers of all skill levels so you can enjoy the pleasant sounds and wildlife with the whole family.

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5 Best Archery Outfitters in Nebraska Whether you’re looking to practice target shooting or go hunting in the great outdoors, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the sport of archery in Nebraska. Hunting is a treasured tradition in the state and there are many places archers can go to stock up on all of the best gear, accessories—and even to squeeze in a few lessons if needed. Check out the five best archery outfitters in Nebraska!

Blue River Archery in Fairbury is a full-service archery shop that does bow fittings, tunings, installs accessories, and provides everything else archers and bow hunters in the area might need. 

SCHEELS is an employee-owned retail leader in sports and outdoor gear, which includes a large selection of archery products and accessories. From brands like Bear, Ravin, Mission, and more, archers in Omaha and Lincoln can find bows, cases, and a variety of bow care items all in one convenient place. 

If you're a serious sportsman, look no further than Saunders Archery in Columbus, Nebraska, for high-quality gear and advice. Saunders Archery specializes in equipping your bow with performance accessories as well as training gear and targets. 

The owners of Full Draw Archery in Omaha are both archery instructors and incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to bow hunting and target shooting. Full Draw Archery provides one of the largest inventories of “all archery” gear in the region.

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Island View Archery is a full-service archery gear shop as well as a licensed Hoyt, Mathews, Mission, and Elite archery dealer. In addition to stocking top-notch archery brands, Island View Archery also provides bow repair services.

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7 Best Bait and Tackle Shops in Nebraska The best part about visiting local bait and tackle shops is that they are almost always located near the lakes and rivers where you’re planning your catch. Therefore, everyone behind the counter knows exactly what will work best for the fish you’re after and they can offer anything else you might need for a successful catch. Here are the eight best bait and tackle shops in Nebraska.

Wolf Tackle Shop in Lincoln has been around since 1985 and carries a huge selection of lures, bait, and tackle. The staff is incredibly helpful when it comes to selecting the best gear and baits to snag that big catch!

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Grove Lake Bait Shop in Royal is a one-stop shop for all of your fishing supplies. Live bait, ice, snacks, as well as fishing licenses can all be picked up here before you head out on the water.

Dry Dock Bait Shop is located near Lake Minatare and run by the “bait shop ladies.” They sell a variety of bait and tackle for recreationists who need supplies and campers who are spending the whole weekend fishing nearby.

Stop in to Outdoors Unlimited in Norfolk for live bait, such as minnows and nightcrawlers. Keep your ears open as you may also pick up some fishing secrets from the experts! 

Stetson Corner Store in Lemoyne carries all of your bait and tackle needs and prides itself on having fresh live bait as well. This is a must-visit before your next fishing trip to pick up not only fishing supplies but also clothing, towels, camping gear, and much more.

Geno’s Minno Mart in Columbus specializes in live bait and everything you need for a great day fishing! The knowledgeable staff will help you pick out the most suitable bait for the different fish in nearby waters. 

Joey’s Bait & Supplies in Omaha carries high-quality outdoor gear as well as live bait and fishing supplies. Find all you’ll need and more at this awesome, local shop. 

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