Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The entrance sign to the Nebraska National Forest at Halsey.

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.


At a Glance

Operational Hours: All campgrounds are open all year; however, showers and running water are closed during winter months.
Reservations: About half the sites at the main recreational complex may be reserved at up to a year in advance.  Natick and Whitetail campgrounds are first-come, first-served all year.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Fees are charged for camping and parking in the main parking lot.
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Busiest Season: Weekends, May through November
Restrictions: Motorized travel restrictions apply.
Closest Towns: Halsey - 1 mile to the east - has a post office, motel, and restaurant. Thedford - 17 miles to the west - is a small community with restaurants, a hotel, gas stations, and a grocery store.

General Information


Parking is available in the main parking lot for $3.00 per day.  Parking is free on the forest; however, vehicles must be parked within 30 feet of a road designated on the motor vehicle use map.

General Notes:

People have mountain biked on the ATV trails without troubles, but caution is advised.  All the forest roads are open to mountain bikers. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Camping & Cabins

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Horse Riding & Camping

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Nature Viewing

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OHV Riding & Camping

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OHV Trail Riding

The district features approximately 23 miles of ATV trails (for vehicles 50 inches wide or less) and 11 miles of trails for side-by-sides (wider than 50 inches).

Status: Open
Open Season: January-December
Fees: $3.00 parking fee in the main lot
Reservation info: None required.
Usage: The trails are narrow, only accommodating a single ATV in most places.  Traffic goes both directions, so use caution around blind curves. 

Areas for OHV Trail Riding at Nebraska National Forest at Halsey

OHV Open Area Riding

Areas for OHV Open Area Riding at Nebraska National Forest at Halsey

OHV Camping

Areas for OHV Camping at Nebraska National Forest at Halsey

Outdoor Learning

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Water Activities

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Picnic tables
Drinking water
Interpretive Site
Fee charged for some activities
Tent camping
Camping trailer
Areas & Activities


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