Located at the confluence of the Nebraska and Missouri Rivers on the northeastern border, Niobrara State Park offers guests an opportunity to experience a wide range of outdoor activities, such as buffalo cookouts, swimming, picnicking, horseback trail rides, fishing, hiking, camping, and communing with Mother Nature to get the much-deserved respite from work and school.
Bazile Creek Wildlife Management Area is adjacent to the park and boasts of boating, fishing, and hunting in season. One of the most remarkable things which visitors at the park should visit is the mosasaurus paleontological find. It is the first complete fossil of its kind found in Nebraska.
This dog-friendly state park has over 1000 acres with opportunities for bonding with your four-legged best friend and studying nature in addition to the interpretive center, more than 14 miles of trails, and a wide range of water and land recreation.
Dogs cannot be left unattended outside, and they must always be on a leash not longer than six feet. Dogs cannot be in the pool area, but they are welcome on the trails so that you can take your furbaby on an exploration with you. Furbabies are also allowed in the camping cabins.
The tent camping area extends along three miles of a one-way road that is extremely windy and hilly. Tent campers are provided ground-level fire rings and grills, and many sites are located on high hills near the Niobrara River. There are cedar trees in the area with a sprinkling of a few hackberry, ash, and elm.
If you would like to see a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside, you can go to the picnic shelter situated on the highest hill in the park. The Adirondack shelters are excellent for backpackers too. If you want to frequent state parks in Nebraska, it is best to get the annual vehicle permit for $30 and $15 for a second vehicle.