Midwest Living Review
Top-notch cabins and tent camping sites make this state park a great spot to spend a day or two. Hikers need not be advanced backcountry types to enjoy the well-mowed paths through woods and grasslands. Wildlife fans will enjoy the abundance of wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. A hike/bike bridge connects the park's trails to those leading into the town of Niobrara. The park has 19 cabins to choose from, all of which look recently built or renovated. They include screened porches and require a two-night stay to rent during peak season. It's a short walk to the small swimming pool, which includes a diving board. The cabins and some of the tent camping sites are atop a bluff overlooking the water the park is located at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri Rivers. Tent sites are dispersed along the camp road, so campers can avoid crowded campgrounds and yet still not have to haul gear too far. Trails lead to a spot where Meriwether Lewis and William Clark camped in 1804, although the exact location isn't physically marked. The park offers horseback rides, Saturday night buffalo cookouts and depending on the season's funding situation may offer river rafting trips. The J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Center details the history of the area and the Ponca Indians. There are 160 acres open to horseback riding. Permit required.