Over the past few years, we’ve seen more and more people opting for the RV life. In fact, traveling full time has become a trend on social media, with many opting to build their own DIY campers in vans, school buses and even ambulances.
If that sounds like you—welcome to Nebraska! We’ve crafted an extensive guide on RVing in eastern Nebraska, which includes the highest-rated RV parks and even some recommendations on things to do while you’re here. Enjoy!
The Best RV Parks in Eastern Nebraska
When it comes to traveling in a recreational vehicle, stopping at an RV park to rest for a night or two is almost always a great choice! Not only do these lodging options offer a peaceful community vibe, but they often feature electrical, water and sewage hook-ups, laundry facilities, WiFi, and other useful amenities that you may not get when parking on public land. We rounded up some of the highest-rated RV parks in Eastern Nebraska with some information about each! If you are driving a nontraditional RV, like a school bus or van, we recommend calling ahead before booking your reservation to see if these RV parks have any specific vehicle restrictions.
Victorian Acres RV Park in Nebraska City, located near the famed Arbor Day Farm, is known for its level sites, well-kept grounds and clean facilities. There are plenty of open spaces for kids and pets as well as a playground and camp store. Plus, there are several options when it comes to booking a site at Victorian Acres, including selections with full hook-ups, partial hook-ups and weekly rates, so click here to learn more before making your reservation!
Located on the west side of Geneva, Lakeshore RV Park is a year-round RV park offering ample green space and plenty of spots to park. Each site has 50 amps of power and are 80-feet long, able to accommodate even the longest rigs with room to spare! Click here to learn more and call (402) 759-3883 to make a reservation.
Hidden Falls Cabins & RV Park down in Nebraska City is another great choice in the area, close to parks and many local businesses. We promise you’ll love the view and outdoor space, whether you’re RVing or staying at one of their cabins or hotel rooms. RV Pads are outfitted with water, sewer and electric (30- and 50-amp service at each) and cost around $40 a day. Click here to make your reservation!
Cozy cabins, full hook-up sites, playgrounds, pools, indoor spas and dog parks await you at Camp A Way in Lincoln! This extremely popular campsite, resort and RV park is one of the best rated in all of Nebraska, offering fun, safe and clean amenities with exceptional service. As for RV sites, they have 30- and 50-amp sites available as well as pull-thru and back-in options. Click here to explore all their RV site offerings and to check availability.
If you find yourself in Ashland during your journey, stop at Ashland RV Campground! This highly rated campground has 31 large, paved sites for RVs as well as a tent camping area. Each site is outfitted with a firepit and a picnic table and has easy access to electrical hook-ups, water hook-ups and a dump station. There are also clean restrooms, private showers, high-speed Internet and a laundry facility. Click here to learn more and book your stay!
The Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area is a 450-acre mixed-use recreation area with a 105-acre reservoir. There is an RV park inside this recreation area, featuring 44 electric sites for just $16 per night! Please note: this park is very unique, as it is a “pack in, pack out” facility. No trash service is offered in the park and you are responsible for removing any trash you generate during your visit. Click here for more information.
Riverwest Park has long been one of our favorite spots in the Omaha area for summer and fall recreation, but did you know that they offer RV and tent camping reservations as well? Located right on the river with plenty of riverfront activities along with seasonal events, Riverwest is a great place to park! Click here for all their RV spot regulations and information on how to place a reservation.
Fisher’s Cove is a privately owned, seasonal campground conveniently located in Silver Creek, just southwest of Columbus. Their 62 acres include a 210-acre sand-bottom lake that is naturally stocked with a variety of fish from the Platte River as well as plenty of full hook-up sites. They also have brand new restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities that were built in 2020! You can make your reservation, here.
Located conveniently on the portion of the Missouri River that runs eastward, the River Bend campsite offers expansive views along with full amenities. Full-season RV campers can enjoy a hard surface pad, green space, full-service hook-up options and much more. You can make your 2021 reservation by clicking here.
Experience all Tekamah has to offer from this home away from home! Ridgeview RV Park is located just down the road from Tekamah’s 9-hole golf course and club house, Northridge Country Club, and blocks away from where the action is on Main Street. They offer a wide variety of amenities like 30- and 50-amp plug-ins, city water taps, sewage dump stations, garbage services, free WiFi and more. Click here for all the information and to place your reservation.
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Ponca State Park is set on the picturesque Missouri River bluffs in northeastern Nebraska. Due to the spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and varied lodging options, the park is one of Nebraska’s most-visited outdoor getaways! You can enjoy it from the comfort of your RV by booking one of their RV campsites. Click here for all the information on booking a full hook-up, electric plus or just electric campsites at Ponca State Park.
If you’re driving a DIY recreational vehicle or are in a bind for a place to spend the night—you may want to consider “boondocking” or staying on free public or private land rather than at an RV park. Usually, these spots are quieter and offer more interesting views of the world around us than a traditional RV park!
Eastern Nebraska isn’t home to a lot of BLM or public land, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t free places to park! Consider finding a space at a local Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Walmart or truck stop. You can also use the Boondocker’s Welcome website, that allows locals across the state to give away some of their driveway space to full-time campers in need for a night or two.
If you ever head to the west side of the state, you’ll find a lot more options for free camping, including National Forests and Grasslands. Here is a great article from RVShare.com that will help you get started!
While Eastern Nebraska might not be full of incredible rock formations like Chimney Rock or quirky art installations like Carhenge—there are still plenty of beautiful recreation areas, interesting museums and world-class attractions to explore! We listed a few of our favorites below but if you’re on the hunt for even more things to do on the east side of the state, specifically Omaha or Lincoln, check out the rest of our blog, here.
Did you know that Arbor Day was founded in Nebraska? In 1872, Nebraska City locals J. Sterling and Caroline Morton challenged people everywhere to plant as many trees as they could on April 10th. On that first Arbor Day, as it came to be known, it’s estimated that over a million trees were planted in the Nebraska territory. Today, you can tour the Mortons’ home and the stunning grounds that are, of course, full of trees, shrubs, walking trails and beautiful gardens.
In addition to being home to our nation’s only one-house nonpartisan legislature, the Nebraska State Capitol is also recognized for its unique architecture. Instead of the grand dome you’ll often find in capitol buildings, ours features a 400-foot tower with an observation deck that offers unbeatable views of the city. Visit the building to take in the history, observe some great artwork and soak in the views! After you’re done touring the inside, take a load off at one of the Capitol Courtyards to enjoy a picnic and the beautiful city.
Situated halfway between Lincoln and Omaha, Platte River State Park is known for its magnificent waterfall, scenic hiking and biking trails, and dual observation towers featuring views of the Platte River Basin. If you’re looking to make an overnight trip of your visit, there are plenty of RV options as well as vintage cabin and teepee rentals.
If someone in your family dreams of space exploration, the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland is the perfect spot to explore. With exhibits on everything to do with space—including military operations, black holes, astronauts and veterans—there’s a little something inside for everyone.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is not just another zoo. In fact, it was recently ranked as the third-best zoo in the country by USA Today! Plants, animals and unique habitats from all over the world sprawl over more than 160 acres, and it’s all available for you to explore. Click here to reserve your tickets in advance!
From 1953-1955, the Boys Town Stamp Collecting Club embarked on an adventure: to create the world’s largest ball of stamps. We are happy to report that they succeeded, creating a 600-pound ball measuring 32 inches in diameter and made up of over 4.6 million stamps. This magnificent sight is located in the Leon Myers Stamp Center in the Boy’s Town Visitors Center—just a short drive from the center of Omaha.
Established in 1820 on the recommendation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Fort Atkinson was the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. If you’re looking to get a taste of American history, you can visit the reconstructed outpost any time you’d like! Bring the whole family and enjoy one of their living history demonstrations, which take place throughout the summer and fall.
Situated at the confluence of the Niobrara and Missouri rivers on Nebraska’s northeastern border, Niobrara State Park offers visitors a wide array of outdoor experiences, from camping and picnicking to swimming, boating, fishing and hiking. Some of the most popular attractions include the summer Buffalo Cookouts, wildlife watching, wrangler-led horseback riding, and the J. Alan Cramer Interpretive Center, which not only highlights the history of the area, but also offers an exceptional view of the entire park.
Calumet Bluff is a picturesque cliff about 180 feet high overlooking Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River in Cedar County, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition held its first council with the Sioux Indians for two days in 1804. Today, the Bluff forms the right or south abutment of the Gavins Point Dam and is an exquisite site to behold!
Have a fun trip!
Whether you’re camping full-time, seasonally or for a weekend or two—we hope you have fun!