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Fort Kearny State Historical Park


Park Snapshot


Built to protect Overland Trail travelers, Fort Kearny SHP near Kearney was a stage station, home station for the Pony Express, outfitting depot for Indian campaigns and home of the Pawnee Scouts. The stockade, parade grounds and blacksmith shop have been rebuilt.


Archeological exploration by the Nebraska State Historical Society to locate building sites and other features has helped the Commission develop the park to give visitors an insight into the conditions and events contemporary with the settlement of the American West.

This history is revealed in several exhibits in the interpretive center and in the carpenter-blacksmith shop. Walkways lead to the stockade where more information is available.

Overnight Accommodations

Camping Facilities:
75 camping pads with electrical hookups*
110 camping pads without electricity
35 non-pad sites without electricity
*20/30-amp. 1-year advance reservable campsites

Camping is available at nearby Fort Keany State Recreation Area. Campers will find south-central Nebraska's Fort Kearny State Recreation Area much to their liking. The attractive 152-acre area is located 3/4 mile east and 1 mile north of Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

Facility Details

Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 5 miles
Mtn. Bike: 5 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 150
Grills: 110
Shelters: 4
Shelters w/ elec.: 1

Boating: Yes

Types: Electric motor, non-powered
Ramps: 0
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: Yes

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: Yes

Pools: 0
Beaches: 1

Concessions: No

Visitor Center: Yes

Visitor Center is open Memorial Day - Labor day
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March - May call the park for daily hours (308) 865-5305.

An admission fee of $2 per adult and $1 for chiuldren under 13 (under 3 is free).

Office on Site: Yes

Park Office is open Memorial Day - Labor day
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
March - May call the park for daily hours (308)865-5305.

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