Things To Do
Recommendations from Park Staff
2 Hour VisitHike the Historic Meridian Bridge
The bridge allows you to cross from South Dakota to Nebraska while offering splendid views of the Missouri National Recreational River.
Visit Mulberry Bend Overlook
Read the wayside exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the Missouri River in this area. Afterwards hike the Mulberry Bend Nature Trail across the property through bur oak forest.
Hike to the top of Spirit Mound
One of only a few places left in the nation where you can stand in the exact same place as the Lewis and Clark expedition on August 25, 1804 with a historic hike.
Half Day VisitVisit Bow Creek Recreation Area
This is the largest property under the administration of the Missouri National Recreational River. Hike the trails across this bottomland and through mixed grass prairie and cottonwood forests.
Explore Ponca State Park
Visit the state park and check out views of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa from the scenic overlooks while looking down at the exact point where the Wild and Scenic Missouri River beings. Make sure to visit the Missouri National Recreational River Resource and Education Center!
Paddle the 59-mile district
Short half day trips via canoe, kayak or motorboat include Clay County Park to Mulberry Bend, and Riverside Park in Yankton to St. Helena.
Full Day VisitVisit Us at Park Headquarters
We recommend a visit with us to help plan your day. This includes talking to National Park Service staff of basic park information and maps, hiking trails, camping, stamping your passport book, and much more. Kids can pick up a Junior Ranger activity book to use as they explore the park.
Discover the park via motorbike, bike or vehicle by traveling on the back roads along the Lower Niobrara River Valley or the South Dakota side of the 39-mile district. These roads will take you back in time to view dramatic scenic vistas while also learning about the complex history of Native Americans and homsteaders in a land it seems time forgot.
Fish the river
Catfish, walleye, sauger, paddlefish, and many more game species await your angling skills within the Missouri River.
Other Popular Destinations and Activities
Visit the Mobile Ranger Station
Hiking & Biking