Recreation

ATVs Along the Byway: There are 50-plus miles of trails at the Nebraska National Forest – Bessey Ranger District near Halsey. Motorcycles and ATVs are restricted to designated trails. To help keep the trails open, please stay on the trails. More information about the Nebraska National Forest may be found HERE

Hiking and Biking Along the Byway: There are many opportunities to hike and bike all along the byway. Beautiful scenery, wildlife and gently rolling hills…the perfect place to get outside and enjoy nature at its best! Click on a community below to view places to hike and bike in that area.

Hunting and Fishing Along the Byway: A wide variety of hunting and trapping is available in Nebraska. Permits for hunting in Nebraska can be obtained at www.outdoornebraska.org and in 2006 the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission established new, 2-day permits for nonresidents.

Public Lands Along the Byway: About 180,000 acres of private land enrolled in the deferral Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) are open to public walk-in hunting through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s Conservation Reserve Program – Management Access Program. Some of these CRP acres are located along the Byway. An atlas detailing CRP-MAP sites is available from Commission offices, permit agents and online at www.outdoornebraska.org.  Permission of the landowner is required to hunt on private  lands.

Star Gazing Along the Byway: One can expect exceptionally dark skies along portions of the Byway. Much of the Sandhills is considered remote and sparsely populated, yielding high visibility of the night skies and awesome spectacles that the Milky Way Galaxy produces. Because of elevation around 2,500 feet and the dry nature of the region, the haze is low and the transparency high, creating excellent star gazing opportunities. The Prairie Astronomy Club of Nebraska holds its Nebraska Star Party at Merritt Reservoir (65 miles north of the Byway) during the new moon cycle in July each year.

 

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