Local Campgrounds to Visit during National Camping Week
There is no better way to celebrate National Camping Week than visiting one of many local campgrounds in the metro area. No matter what type of camper you are there is a campground that will suit you and your family.
The first campground on our list is Indian Cave State Park. Just an hour and half south of the metro area; located in Shubert, Nebraska. This state park is an incredible attraction for hiking, biking, walking and even cave exploring. The 3,052 acre park will provide an array of beautiful views of the winding Missouri River as well as the breathtaking dense forestry found in and around the park. The fall foliage offers an even more breathtaking view and an ideal time for camping.
Louisville State Recreation area, located in Louisville, NE along Nebraska Highway 50 is a perfect family-friendly campsite just a short drive south of the metro to the south bank of the Platte River. The park offers views of the astoundingly tall cottonwood trees and 5 sandpit lakes in the recreational area. Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are just a few of the parks main attractions. One of the newest attractions for children is the state of the art floating playground in the middle of the water.
The next must-visit local campsite is Two Rivers State Recreation Area surrounded by water in Waterloo, Nebraska this is one of Nebraska’s most unique campsites. Located in the middle of everything is Caboose Park; where you will find ten Union Pacific train cabooses that were transformed into cabins. The cabins sleep up to six people and create a memorable experience for everyone. For our avid anglers, Two Rivers offers great fishing. Trout Lake can be enjoyed by anglers of all levels. The easy access pier located at the south end of the lake enables anglers with physical disabilities to enjoy fishing.
Hitchcock Nature Center is an attraction in Honey Creek, Iowa filled with natural beauty in the Loess Hills of Southeast Iowa. This outdoor attraction is home to 1,268 acres of incredible plants and wildlife. Inside the nature center you will find one of the largest remaining prairie remnants in the United States. Enjoy the beauty of the Loess Hills with 10 miles of hiking trails and scenic lookouts. The Hitchcock Nature Center also headquarters two prominent country-wide conservation centers.
Lancaster county’s Branched Oak State Recreation Area is home to the largest lake in Eastern Nebraska. The lake spans 1,800 acres offering countless opportunities for water sports. From fishing, and boating to visiting the swimmable beaches you will find the perfect activity to suit your needs. Branched Oak State Recreation Area even offers a marina where you can find boat rentals, fuel, fishing bait, and concessions. After a day on the water enjoy the full bar & grill at the marina.
Located in northeastern Nebraska, Niobrara State Park offers some of the best nature views in the state. At the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers the tranquil park offers something for the entire family. Pack up the crew and make the three hour trip to see whitetail-deer, turkey, or enjoy horseback riding. With a variety of camping styles and locations to enjoy you will find tent sites, cabins, and RV spots. A unique feature of the park is during the summer months Niobrara State Park hosts the famous buffalo cookouts.
Another Iowa recreation area is Willow Lake Recreation Area. The proud home of the Harrison County Conservation board is home to 220 acres of recreational opportunities. Some of these opportunities include a 27-acre fishing lake, a swimming beach, plus playgrounds, and picnic shelters galore. The campgrounds include electric hookup sites, a shower house and restrooms for convenience.
Celebrate National Camping Week by visiting one of these great local campgrounds or leave us a comment below of your favorite campsite!