Fort Niobrara Wilderness
The Fort Niobrara Wilderness is open to hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing. The wilderness can be accessed by the Fort Niobrara Corral area, the wilderness overlook, and by canoe. Here you can hike on the many miles of unmarked trails or open prairie. Observe or photograph nature and wildlife, but remember not to take any souvenirs. Remaining after dark, camping, and building fires are not allowed.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
A minimum of one gallon of water per person is recommended for an all day hike in the summer. The use of sunblock, bug spray, and/or protective clothing is recommended. You may also want sunglasses, hat, long sleeves and pants. Light colored clothing helps in finding ticks before they attach. Bring a basic first aid kit, a map, a compass or GPS, a whistle, an emergency food supply, and a light blanket or poncho.
Safety and Current Conditions
If you encounter bison or elk while in the wilderness area, keep your distance. Do not crowd these animals. Although they may look docile, they are powerful, unpredictable and fast. Poison ivy is very common in the wilderness. “Leaves of three let it be!” Watch for rattlesnakes. They do occur in this area.