Recreation

The entrance sign to the Nebraska National Forest at Halsey.

In the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands you can find quiet, undeveloped spaces. Solitude is closer than you think. The Nebraska National Forest is where the east meets the west and where large tracts of undeveloped land are the closest places for Midwesterners to hunt and play. 

Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands include these diverse national forests and grasslands: Nebraska National Forest, Samuel R. McKelvie National Forest, Buffalo Gap National Grassland, Fort Pierre National Grassland and Oglala National Grasslands. 

View guidelines for motorized travel on Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands

To make a camping reservation, visit recreation.gov or call (877) 444-6777.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Spotlights

Prairie Bike Path

photo of Prairie Bike Path Marker

There are two options of varying length and surfaces for biking the Prairie Path resulting in a moderate difficulty rating. Features of note are the nearby unique badland formations, prairie dogs and rock beds. Seasonally, visitors may enjoy wildflowers, birds and a variety of wildlife.

Mountain bikes are recommended.  Bikers should be aware vegetation may catch in bicycle pedals and parts. Varying species of cactus and thorny plants can puncture bike tires, so some kind of tire sealant or tube protection is recommended. Bikers can navigate the path by following the 5-foot tall round trail posts that mark trail use and direction.

The Prairie Bike Path is located south Wall, South Dakota along of I-90, Exit 116. Free parking is available at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. Please visit the National Grasslands Visitor Center in Wall, SD to pick up a map of the Prairie Bike Path. 

Areas & Activities


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/nebraska/recreation