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Toadstool Geological Park & Campground

7 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Toadstool Geologic Park is noted for its unusual geological formations, some in the shape of toadstools, and scientifically valuable fossil deposits. Our interpretive kiosk explains and illustrates the local geology and provides information and history about the local grasslands. During your hike…

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Poor
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Unknown

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)

Features

For Campers

  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

Reviews

7 Reviews of Toadstool Geological Park & Campground

Ratings Breakdown

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HThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2021

Beautiful Remote Camping

Down a 10 mile dirt road, we got the 5th of 6 sites (4:00?) beautiful site - shade, picnic table and fire ring provided - great short hikes - clean, no water, gorgeous sunset and stars. Short interesting hikes - train sounds in the distance! Absolutely worth it!

Site5
Month of VisitSeptember
TThe Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2021

Nice over nighter

Small campground with only 6 campsites. $15 a night includes the day use fee. Really cool quick hike around the toadstools makes staying here worth it for at least a night or two. Some longer hiking trails are marked and look nice, we didn’t venture too far from camp. Worth it if you are in the…

Site4
Month of VisitSeptember
Ashley N.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2021

No showers.

Super simple campground. Bathroom and a parking spot thats about it.

Site3
Month of VisitJuly

Location

Toadstool Geological Park & Campground is located in Nebraska

Directions

In Crawford, NE, at the intersection of State Routes 2/71 and US Route 20, take Route 2/71 north 16.6 miles to second Toadstool sign. Turn left after sign onto Sugarloaf Rd. (gravel, single-lane with few turnouts) and go 6.5 miles to another Toadstool sign. Turn left at sign onto Toadstool Rd (gravel and dirt) and go 2 miles to campground sign. Turn right after the sign onto gravel road, crossing railroad tracks, and go 1.3 miles into campground.

Coordinates

42.85739323 N
103.58363875 W

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About This Campground

Toadstool Geologic Park is noted for its unusual geological formations, some in the shape of toadstools, and scientifically valuable fossil deposits. Our interpretive kiosk explains and illustrates the local geology and provides information and history about the local grasslands. During your hike look for signs of fossils that give scientists insight into the behavior of animals as they passed through this area as far back as 30 million years ago. In order for others to enjoy viewing these fossil resources collection is prohibited. The trailhead at the campground provides access to three hiking trails to choose from with varying degrees of difficulty. A one mile loop highlights many examples of eroded clay/sandstone formations. While on the trail, follow our interpretive brochure to learn the fascinating geology of the area. The Bison Trail leaves the interpretive loop at the half way point and continues up the canyon to Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center. Toadstool Campground to Hudson Meng is 3 miles one way. A five mile loop begins at the campground and proceeds on the graveled section of the interpretive trail for a short distance before heading north through the badlands and grasslands on the Great Plains Trail. After 1.5 miles the Great Plains Trail intersects with the 918 Road. Follow the signs to return to the Bison Trail and Toadstool Campground. The loop can be done in reverse going the other direction on the interpretive trail as you leave the campground. The Great Plains Trail developed by the Great Plains Trail Alliance is a cross country network of public land trails and roads beginning in Guadalupe National Park and ending at the Canadian Border. The Bison Trail, 918 Road and part of the 5 mile loop are part of this network. Great Plains Trail information can be found at www.greatplainstrail.org The campground consists of six sites with picnic tables and fire rings and upright grills and two accessible vault toilets. There is no water and the campground is open year round with limited services from mid- November to early May. In the off season pack in/pack out. Special features : In 1984 the Forest Service constructed a sod house near the site of a sod house built in 1929. The new soddie provides a look into the past when the homesteaders on the grasslands used the only abundant material available. The original sod house was lived in briefly before being abandoned and signs of the original structure no longer exist. Fossils and artifacts are protected under federal laws.

Connection Details

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  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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