Nebraska only has eight state parks, but we have tons of state recreation areas, wildlife management areas, state historical parks, and other outdoor spaces in which to enjoy nature. There are the big, well-known areas that draw tens of thousands of visitors every year, and then there are the lesser-known spots that deserve way more attention and appreciation than they get.

Whether managed by Nebraska Game and Parks, the Natural Resources Districts, or any of the many organizations dedicated to protecting and promoting our natural spaces, all of these areas are worth a visit. Check them all out, but don’t forget about our eight official Nebraska state parks as well.

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