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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, NE

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The Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is located near Harrison, NE, in the northwest corner of the state. The park is situated only about 30 miles from the state border with Wyoming and only around 80 miles south of the South Dakota state line. The nearest larger town is Chadron, NE, found around 75 miles to the northeast, while the nearest larger city is Casper, WY, at over 150 miles to the west.

This is a very rural part of the country. Surrounded by prairie grasslands and badlands-type rock formations, when you visit this area, you will understand what true solitude feels like. The monument was a former paleontological dig where numerous fossils of long-extinct creatures, such …

Fort Robinson State Park, NE

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Fort Robinson State Park is situated in the northwestern corner of the state of Nebraska. It is located less than 30 miles from the border with South Dakota, and around 40 miles from the Wyoming state line. This is one of the most rural sections of a state that is known for being quite rural. The nearest town of any real substance is Chadron, NE, found around 20 miles to the west, while the nearest larger city is Rapid City, SD, which is more than 120 miles to the north.

This is a large state park, in a portion of the state that is surprising hilly, in comparison to the flatter, more agricultural sections the state is usually …

Homestead National Monument of America, NE

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The Homestead National Monument of America, near the town of Beatrice, Nebraska, is a symbol of America's race to cultivate and develop its untamed frontier and how many people were granted land titles as a result. The race was made official by the passing of the Homestead Act of 1862, allowing any person over the age of 21 to apply for a land grant. This included freed slaves, women, immigrants, and anyone else who desired to accept the challenge. The movement was supported by President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the bill into law for another reason; in addition to expanding agriculture, commerce, and industry, he saw the bill as a chance to populate the west with Union supporters.

Today …

Indian Cave State Park, NE

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Located in the southeast part of Nebraska, Indian Cave State Park is named after a sandstone cave filled with prehistoric petroglyphs. This state park is close to Auburn and an hour and a half away from Lincoln. Nature here is simply breathtaking, with cottonwood, elm, and willow trees growing next to the Missouri River. Indian Cave State Park is stunning in fall when the leaves start changing colors.

The cave is the main attraction within Indian Cave State Park. It features petroglyphs that tell a story of the Native Americans who lived in this part of the Midwest. Those of you who wish to explore the great outdoors will have plenty of things to do here, such as hiking, …

Niobrara National Scenic River, NE

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Niobrara National Scenic River traverses several hundred miles of north-central Nebraska. This is one of the most rural parts of an already rural state, so there are not a lot of towns near the river. Niobrara National Scenic Rivers headwaters are located near the small town of Valentine. The river ends far to the east, where it joins with the much larger, Missouri River. This is near the town of Niobrara, near the South Dakota border. The nearest larger city is Sioux City, IA, located almost 100 miles to the east of Niobrara.

Niobrara National Scenic River runs through the plains and prairies that this part of the country is known for, and there is plenty to do …

Niobrara State Park, NE

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This park sits in the far north of the state of Nebraska. It lies at the point where the wide, Missouri River, meets the smaller Niobrara River. These waterways offer numerous opportunities to enjoy recreational activities. This is a very rural part of the country. The small town of Niobrara sits just outside the parks borders, while Valentine, NE is around 150 miles to the west. The South Dakota state line is the river, and the nearest larger town is Sioux City, Iowa, at over 130 miles to the east.

The park is comprised largely of grassland that covers the rugged bluffs that line the banks of the rivers. Numerous activities are available here, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, …

Platte River State Park, NE

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Once upon a time, the land that's now Platte River State Park in southeast Nebraska was home to the Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp and Camp Esther K. Newman. Fast forward to today and you'll find a 519-acre camp brimming with spectacular activities and features such as the interactive spray park, Crawdad Creek, observation towers boasting panoramic views of the Platte River Basin, and miles of breathtaking hiking trails along the rolling terrain. Walk packed dirt roads along countryside dips filled with trickling streams and unique geological formations.

Nearby cities include rural Weeping Water, a little over 12 miles away from Platte River State Park, and the scenic town of Plattsmouth, just over 19 miles away. Have fun …

Ponca State Park, NE

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Tucked in northeastern Nebraska, on the scenic banks of the Missouri River just two miles from the town of Ponca is one of the most mesmerizing recreation areas in the Cornhusker State. With its lush oak and elm woodlands and grassy hilltops, the park beckons mountaineers, bikers, and RV campers from Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. To see the park's colorful wildflowers in bloom, the best time to visit is from May to June, when the ridgetop prairies and forests are filled with the aromas of yucca, prairie larkspur, shell-leaf penstemon, bloodroot, and blue phlox.

The park and town are named after Ponca Chief Standing Bear, who also has a place in Nebraska’s hall of fame, as he triumphed in …

Scotts Bluff National Monument, NE

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Scotts Bluff National Monument is located in far western Nebraska, in the panhandle portion of the state. The national monument is situated near the town of Gering, only about 20 miles east of the state border with Wyoming. The nearest larger town is Scottsbluff, found a short drive of about five miles to the northeast. The nearest larger city is Casper, WY, at almost 200 miles to the northwest.

Scotts Bluff National Monument is situated within the grasslands and rugged, badland formations that are common in this part of the state. The North Platt River forms the northern boundary of this attraction and has also helped to shape the nearby landscape. There are all sorts of outdoor …

Two Rivers State Recreation Area, NE

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Two Rivers State Recreation Area is a luxurious motorhome camping destination in picturesque Waterloo, just 15 minutes away from the historic Valley. Enjoy riveting dining options while visiting local attractions. If you’re looking for family fun options, then the 50-minute drive to Omaha is well worth your time. Boasting Henry Doorly Zoo, The Durham Museum, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and numerous other local gems, there’s something for everyone at this popular vacation city.

First opened to the public in 1960 by the State Game and Parks Commission and immersed in the cozy woodlands of northwest Nebraska, the park contains seven beautiful lakes, each of which offers aquatic activities. You’ll waste no time grabbing that tackle box and …