Top Equestrian Camping near South Bend, NE

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Best Equestrian Camping Sites Near South Bend, NE (18)

    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground

    1.

    Eugene T. Mahoney State Park Campground

    46 Reviews
    85 Photos
    148 Saves
    Ashland, Nebraska

    Mahoney State Park offer Full Hookup, Electric Plus and Electric campsites. There are a total of 148 campsites. Lakeside Campground (100-148 campsites) are located close to Baright Lake and Owen Marina. Little Creek Campground (1-99 campsites) is close to a playground, basketball court and the coin operated laundry facility. Both campgrounds have drinking water, showers and modern restrooms. A dump and fill station is located conveniently near the park entrance.

    Tent camping is available at Mahoney State Park in the two modern campgrounds. Tent campers will use the grassy area next to the pad site to set up their tent. Those tenting will pay the camping fee applicable to the site occupied. If making reservations, look for the site description of “tentable.” This means there is a level grassy space for a tent.

    Reservations are accepted for half of the campsites in Lakeside and Little Creek campgrounds up to 180 days in advance of arrival date and paid in full at the time the reservation is made. All other camping at Mahoney State Park is first-come, first-served. Campers with advance reservations and those camping first-come, first-served must stop at the Lauritzen Administration building located at the park entrance to check-in or register to camp prior to setting up on a campsite. If arriving after hours, campers must go to the Peter Kiewit Lodge customer service desk and check in or register for a first-come, first-served site.

    This modern state park is the perfect year round destination for a family escape. Families can visit the aquatic center and indoor playground, explore the park’s hiking and biking trails, adventure through the treetop ropes course, climb the observation tower and, when the weather turns cold, enjoy indoor rock climbing, sledding and ice skating. The jewel of the park is Peter Kiewit Lodge, which offers 40 guest rooms, most with balconies that offer a stunning view of the Platte River valley. The park also offers an arts and crafts center, an array of cabins, as well as camping opportunities. Mahoney State Park is located midway between Nebraska’s two largest cities, Lincoln and Omaha and is open year round.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Platte River State Park Campground

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    Platte River State Park Campground

    30 Reviews
    95 Photos
    181 Saves
    South Bend, Nebraska

    Platte River State Park is nestled halfway between Nebraska’s two largest cities – and makes a great place for camping near Omaha. Before it was a state park it was two separate camps – Harriet Harding Campfire Girls Camp and Camp Esther K. Newman – and a tract of woodlands. The charming, vintage cabins that once housed campers today provide cozy accommodations while the gorgeous new glamping cabins offer a luxurious yet nature-immersive experience. Other popular draws are the park’s picturesque waterfall, spray park, scenic hiking and biking trails and two observation towers that allow those who climb to the top a spectacular view of the Platte River Basin.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $165 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Louisville State Recreation Area

    3.

    Louisville State Recreation Area

    29 Reviews
    73 Photos
    67 Saves
    Louisville, Nebraska

    Encompassing 192 acres, Louisville State Recreation Area boasts five sandpit lakes with approximately 50 surface acres of water. Surrounded by towering cottonwood trees, this inviting area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, non-power boating, canoe access to the Platte River and a brand new floating playground. Paddle board, water bike and kayak rentals are also available. These amenities, along with the area’s close proximity to Platte River, Mahoney state parks and Schramm Park State Recreation Area and Education Center, have made Louisville SRA a favorite spot among outdoor enthusiasts in the eastern part of the state.

    Camping reservations are available on half of Louisville SRA campsites.

    Louisville State Recreation Area offers campers Electric Plus, Electric and Basic campsites and is very popular with campers with 223 camping pads with 20-, 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, as well as Basic campsites without electricity. Other amenities include shower facility and modern restrooms. Campers also have access to drinking water and a dump and fill station and a playground for children.

    Lousiville State Recreation Area offers canoe access to the Platte River, as well as a special canoe campsite on the river.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $10 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Two Rivers State Recreation Area

    4.

    Two Rivers State Recreation Area

    20 Reviews
    101 Photos
    64 Saves
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area

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    Branched Oak Lake State Rec Area

    26 Reviews
    55 Photos
    27 Saves
    Malcolm, Nebraska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $8 - $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Pawnee State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pawnee State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pawnee State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pawnee State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pawnee State Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Pawnee State Recreation Area

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    Pawnee State Recreation Area

    22 Reviews
    54 Photos
    104 Saves
    Malcolm, Nebraska

    Pawnee State Recreation Area, nestled near Lincoln, NE, offers a year-round escape with a mix of natural beauty and practical amenities. This campground is a favorite for many, thanks to its peaceful atmosphere and well-maintained facilities. The park features a variety of sites suitable for both tent and RV camping, with some spots offering electric hookups.

    One of the standout features here is the abundance of mature shade trees, providing a cool respite during the warmer months. The park also boasts clean and updated restrooms and shower facilities, though you'll need to bring quarters for the showers.

    For those who enjoy outdoor activities, Pawnee State Recreation Area has plenty to offer. There are numerous hiking trails, including some mowed/natural paths, and a fun 9-hole disc golf course in Area 1. If you're into water activities, there's a swimming beach, although it's best enjoyed in the warmer months.

    Pets are welcome, and you'll often see fellow campers with their dogs enjoying the trails and open spaces. The park also has a sanitary dump station and trash facilities, making it convenient for longer stays.

    While some visitors have noted the higher fees for out-of-state campers, many appreciate the park's tranquility and the privacy offered by the well-spaced sites. Whether you're passing through or planning a longer stay, Pawnee State Recreation Area provides a serene and enjoyable camping experience.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Cunningham Campground

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    Lake Cunningham Campground

    10 Reviews
    16 Photos
    45 Saves
    Omaha, Nebraska

    While tent camping won’t be available in 2024 due to our expanded youth programs and the transformation of the space for versatile events, our dedicated team is actively working on future plans to introduce a primitive camping option for an even more immersive outdoor experience. Stay tuned for updates!

    Whether you are visiting Omaha for the first time or looking for an affordable, family-friendly staycation, we’ve got what you’re looking for at Lake Cunningham. Discover the abundance of activities we have to offer, catered to those looking to explore the beauty of our park from land or water…or both!

    For those of you who plan to stay with us, we have 42 new campground stalls equipped with water, power and sanitary to each pad as well as a new well and shower house for campers to enjoy. We also have 41 upgraded campground stalls with access to a renovated shower house and electrical amplification. All campground stalls have new grills and firepits for you to enjoy.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $15 - $40 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Goldenrod Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goldenrod Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goldenrod Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goldenrod Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goldenrod Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Goldenrod Campground

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    Goldenrod Campground

    3 Reviews
    10 Photos
    9 Saves
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Fawn Meadows - Two Rivers SRA
    Camper-submitted photo from Fawn Meadows - Two Rivers SRA
    Camper-submitted photo from Fawn Meadows - Two Rivers SRA
    Camper-submitted photo from Fawn Meadows - Two Rivers SRA

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    Fawn Meadows - Two Rivers SRA

    3 Reviews
    4 Photos
    5 Saves
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Grove Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Grove Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Grove Campground
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    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Grove Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Oak Grove Campground

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    Oak Grove Campground

    2 Reviews
    8 Photos
    6 Saves
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
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