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If you are looking for a family-friendly Lexington area campground with ample shade and immaculately kept grounds, look no further than Lafayette Park Campground in Gothenburg. You will find here a modest range of big rig RV camping sites with water hookups and 50/30 amp service. Gothenburg campers also get access to showers, restrooms, and a dump station. Other facilities in the campsites at Lafayette Park Campground include picnic tables, BBQ/grills, fire pits, and fire rings.
Children will love staying here not only because they have a playground and are allowed to bring pets, but also because Lafayette Park is a Girl and Boy Scout Campground. Adults who love outdoor fun will find the horseshoe courts engaging if they are not on the trails or on the water fishing, kayaking, or canoeing. Other activities available to park visitors are biking and golfing.
When you book an RV in Dawson County, Lexington is only half an hour’s drive by Gothenburg camper rental, putting you within arm’s reach of the county seat’s varied attractions ranging from historic to gastronomic. Try to mix and match your activities and include a little bit of everything to make the most of your visit.
Lake Helen Recreation Area was a source of irrigation water to supply factories in the area in the late 19th century. Today, the revitalized lake has become a pleasant destination for fishing and boating. History buffs will be delighted to discover a covered walking bridge here that connects to Lake Helen. There's also a nine-hole disc golf course here along with a playground, picnic pavilions, and concrete exercise trail.
An hour's drive away when camping at Lafayette Park Campground, Kearney beckons hiking enthusiasts with a taste for history to retrace the steps of the pioneers on the Oregon and Mormon trails. Locally, the city has miles of natural trails for those who wish to explore them on foot or bicycle and take in views of wooded areas, rolling hills, and prairie along the way. Kearney's 2.3-mile water trail also tempts water adventurers to meander down the Kearney Tailrace and Turkey Creek on canoe and kayak.
Close to the Wyoming border, the 800-foot Scotts Bluff had served as a waymark for weary travelers on the Oregon, California, and Mormon trails. At the Oregon Trail Pathway, where the asphalt gives way to dirt, you're walking on the actual Oregon Trail taken by hundreds of thousands of travelers bound for the west. Several other hiking trails wind through the 3,000-acre Scotts Bluff National Monument, but if you'd like to reach the top of the bluff by campervan rental, take the Summit Road for a 1.6-mile scenic drive. Visitors with big RVs or motorhomes pulled by a towing vehicle may want to take the shuttle service instead.
Find a campsite at Lafayette Park Campground, and you’ll be a stone’s throw from the “Pony Express Capital of Nebraska." Carve out time to explore the Midway station (on its original site) and the Sam Macchette station (moved from its original location and rebuilt in Ehmen Park) and interact with costumed "riders." Other Gothenburg historical attractions include the Historical Museum and the Sod House Museum representing the exploration and settlement of the area, and the tough times faced by pioneer families.
Gothenburg is a major city in Sweden, so it's not surprising to find the Swedish Crosses Cemetery Historical Marker along Highway 47. Wrought in Swedish steel, the three artistic grave markers that date back to the late 19th century not only function as headstones but as symbols of Gothenburg's Swedish heritage. Walk around the beautiful tree-lined streets of the town, and you'll see the Scandinavian influences in many of the homes' architectural styles.
With Lexington just a short drive away when you camp in an RV near Gothenburg, you’ll be able to explore the delights of the city by day and go back to your leafy campsite at night. Explore Lexington’s Oregon Trail and Plum Creek Massacre Sites, admire the city’s restored century-old houses, and discover the area’s vineyards. Or time your visit in June when the Plum Creek Rodeo rides into town. It might be best to refuel and restock in Lexington before heading back to the campground, as only a few gas stations and grocery stores exist in Gothenburg.
When you book a rental RV in Gothenburg, Nebraska, you get to experience the best of both worlds: the city comforts and crowd-pleasers of Lexington, and the frontier vibe of a Pony Express town. And with a few vineyards nearby to sweeten the deal, who could resist such an offer?