This covers the west end of the Nebraska National Forest near Chadron and Crawford. Here you will find the Soldier Creek Wilderness and the Pine Ridge National Recreation Area as well as several developed recreation sites for camping, picnicking, or trailheads for access to miles of trails into the wide open spaces of the Nebraska National Forest
Make this your destination for a relaxing outdoor experience. Here you will find the Bessey Nursery, Scott Lookout Tower, the Middle Loup River, the Dismal River OHV trail, campgrounds for horses and OHV users, the beautiful Bessey Recreation Area, and acres of wide open spaces.
This campground has 40 campsites for tents or RVs. Twenty-two of them have electric hook-ups with 20, 30, or 50 amp pedestals. The roads are paved. Individual water hookups are not available. There are pull-through sites as well as back-in sites. Most sites are in full shade.
Located south of Nenzel in Cherry County, the 116,000-acre area is a fantastic representation of the unique Nebraska Sandhills prairie ecosystem.
Popular uses of the forest include hunting, fishing, horseback riding, camping and bird watching. There is one small campground located on the southwestern edge of the forest and a day use site on the Niobrara River for launching small water craft. Fishing is available in the adjacent Merritt Reservoir.
History: In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation establishing the Niobrara Forest Reserve, later the Niobrara Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest. In 1971, President Richard Nixon designated the Niobrara Division the Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest.