Natick Campground

Area Status: Open
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A bicycle loaded with camping gear at the Natick Campground.

The Natick Campground is quieter than the Bessey Recreation Complex, and it has 20 corral for riding stock.  This 17-unit campground has potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, modern vault toilets, and an outstanding view of the night sky.  It is situated on the border of the hand-planted forest and the native grasslands, so it is easy to see both using Natick as your home base.  No ATV or side-by-side riding is allowed from this campground.

Looking to horseback ride off the roads?  Here is a map of the gate locations near Natick (it's a work in progress).

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Reservations: None; campground is first-come, first-served.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $15.00 per night to be paid at the fee station within 30 minutes of arrival.
Usage: Light-Medium
Busiest Season: November rifle deer season
Restrictions: Livestock must be fed certified weed-free hay.  Livestock must be kept in the corrals; portable panels and electric fencing are not allowed.  Livestock are not allowed to be in campsites, except for saddling and unsaddling (no more than 30 minutes).  Please clean the corrals after use with the wheelbarrow provided and deposit manure in the bunk.  Please do not let your dog swim or bathe in the windmill tank as it is there to water the livestock.
Closest Towns: Halsey, about 9 miles; Thedford, about 13 miles
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes, vault toilet
Information Center: The pavement on Forest Road 212 is deteriorating, resulting in potholes.  Travel slowly.

General Information


From Thedford, Nebraska: Take Highway 2 east about 17 miles to the forest entrance.  At the national forest sign, turn south (right) onto State Spur 86B. Stay on State Spur 86B west for about 1.5 miles, then take Forest Road 212 about 7 miles to the campground.


This campground is fully accessible.

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Campground Camping

A 17-unit campground with potable water, picnic tables, fire rings, and modern vault toilets.  A windmill provides water for livestock.

Fire InformationCampfires are allowed in the fire rings.  Do not bring wood from other areas.
No. of Sites17 
No. of Accessible sites17
Sleeping ShelterNo.
Permit required?: Y
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Picnic tables
Drinking water For humans and equines
Toilets Vault toilet
Fee charged for some activities $15.00 per night
Tent camping
Camping trailer No electricity is provided.

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