4 Parks near Hay Springs, Nebraska
Sep 2015 - $10.00
This is a very eclectic campground with a resident "manager" who was friendly and available. All the other campers were long-term. The sites were generally level with water hook-up only. Payment was made by envelope at an unattended office. What a refreshing change from the formal "check-in" at the big parks. The pool was closed for the season, but the town was taking up a collection to "save the pool"! There is a large, well maintained park across from the campground that offers plenty of exercise for the kids.The amenities in town were all walkable and there was plenty of room to run your dog off leash.
The only negative were the restrooms. They were quite frankly disgusting and in need of upgrading. - DHK
Jul 2015 - $15.00
City campground, lights, water, sewer. There is a pay box on site but we went to city hall and paid to get wifi password. Wifi was ok but kept getting knocked off and have to sign on again, even with the repeater. Right next ot swimming pool and good eats downtown Only about 10-12 spaces. More of a overnight stop than a destination stop. - Jim Lee
Oct 2013 - $15.00
As the others have said, a nice little city park (signs say "Sunset RV Park") at the edge of Hay Springs next to a residential area. Quiet; relatively dark night skies; full hookups (30/50 amp), long pull-thru lots..all for the price of $15. You cannot beat that anywhere. JL Grocery store about 4 blocks; restaurant across the street. If you stay for more than one night, take the short trip to the Saint Mary's Cemetery and look at the stones in the monuments built by Mr. Reid. Absolutely outstanding!! We would have no problems staying here again. - PennyPA
May 2015 - $5.00
My disclaimer is that I retired from the Forest Service and have a fondness for FS campgrounds. That considered, I liked the Red Cloud campground, because 1) it is a good place for tent campers and folks with small trailers, popups, etc. 2) it is not a good place for four thousand pound monsters with smelly sewage hookups. You can see my prejudice.
Mostly it was very pretty, quiet, and cheap. I have a Golden age pass, or senior discount pass as it is now called. That reduced the cost to $2.50. There would have to be major things wrong with a campground to complain at that cost.
I needed a place for an overnight stay, and this was perfect. If you have anything over 25 feet, other places are probably better. But if you tent, or have a small rig and don't need hookups, this is a wonderful place to camp. There was a large RV camped there, but probably at the only site that could handle a rig of that size. You will also need to be skilled at backing your rig for some of the sites.
For $2.50 or $5.00 (if you have to pay full price) there is nearly nothing to complain about. That said, I did not use the toilet. But my experience is that the FS campground toilets are generally clean and odor free unless horribly overused. I plan on staying here again as I make this trip on a yearly basis. Happy camping! - Corno1
May 2012 - $5.00
A primitive National Forest campground. Well shaded, quiet and clean. Not big rig friendly though. Just off of hwy 385, 10 miles south of Chadron, just a couple of minutes to Chadron State Park. Excellent for an overnight stay on your way to, or from the Black Hills. - ken22
May 2013 - $30.00
We made a poor choice in thinking this would be a convenient, inexpensive overnight stopping point. Cost includes a $7 transaction fee (to make a reservation) and $5 collected at the gate for a Nebraska State Park Entry Permit that was not mentioned when we made the reservation (checking back, we found that it is disclosed in the reservation paperwork that was emailed). If we had wanted to take the car into town to shop, we would have had to buy a permit for it also. The site had 30A electric only, some sites have water available. Site #5 was difficult to park in due to site post on opposite side of road. The reservation clerk on the phone has no clue about which sites may or may not work for a big rig. Verizon cell phone service is nonexistent without a trucker's antenna; then it is marginal. With luck and careful antenna aiming, we were able to receive PBS on TV. This might be a pretty park to take the family for a stay in the country, but we would not use it again. - 2005-Fulltimers
May 2013 - $25.00
As has been stated in other reviews, this is an "OK" park for an overnight. All sites are gravel. The day that we were it had been raining, and the entire park was muddy and wet gravel. There was no one at the park when we went to check in. The sign asked us to pick a site and put our money in an envelope. It is the only park within several miles of Chadron. When I called for a reservation, whoever answered the phone didn't have a clue about the park. I asked if there was a pull through available as I have a 45' coach and was towing. I didn't want to unhook. She told me that someone would have to call me back. I never got a call back. If you want to pay with a credit card, you have to find a hardware store in town for them to run your card. - jemmettjr
May 2013 - $18.00
Chadron State Park is the oldest state park in Nebraska. The park is right on Hwy 385 in the Pine Ridge area at about 4,000 feet of elevation. The campsites were well groomed and of good size and spacing. Water spigots were available throughout the campsite. The restrooms were clean and shower water hot. Clean up of the area is in progress, it looks like a fire sweep through so clean up in the surrounding area is ongoing. We are staying 2 nights in camp site 53. No local TV channels. - User3006
Aug 2016 - $30.00
We stayed there traveling to Wyoming on highway 20. There are very few places to overnight in western Nebraska. The lady in the office was friendly enough. There are some full timers living there but the park is maintained. There is a gravel road adjacent to the park that is heavily traveled creating lots of dust. We tried to sit out late in the day but couldn't handle the dust. There is WiFi that worked off and on like many parks we've visited. I think $30.00 is a little excessive with little services provided. This park is average, I probably would not stay there again. - Driftr
Jul 2016 - $22.00
Nice park right off of 20 in Northern NE. Sites are level and flat with lots of shade trees. Gravel road surrounds the park, so its get a little duty. Full hookups, and WiFi that can stream all for under $25 a night at a weekly rate. No fire pits at site, but there is a large fire pit/picnic area and also a horseshoe area. Sites are pull-throughs and buddy sites. - SprintingAcrossAmerica
Aug 2015 - $30.00
The laundry is relatively cheap. The monthly rate is $395. Restrooms recently painted. Sites have a picnic table and grill. Cottonwoods throughout park. Owner seems friendly. - jkproescholdt