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CAMPGROUND NAME: Toadstool Park

VISIT DATE: 09/21/2011

UPDATE DATE: 5/1//2015

STATE: Nebraska

REGION: Rocky Mountain

RANGER DISTRICT: Pine Ridge

NEAREST CITY/TOWN: Crawford

RESERVATIONS: No

DIRECTIONS:
In Crawford, NE, at the intersection of State Routes 2/71 and US Route 20, 
take Route 2/71 north 16.6 miles to second Toadstool sign.  Turn left after 
sign onto Sugarloaf Rd. (gravel, single-lane with few turnouts) and go 6.5 
miles to another Toadstool sign.  Turn left at sign onto Toadstool Rd (gravel 
and dirt) and go 2 miles to campground sign.  Turn right after the sign onto 
gravel road, crossing railroad tracks, and go 1.3 miles into campground.

NOTE:  Toadstool Rd. can be very rough, with serious washboarding and 
potholes, south of the campground.

Alternative (shorter but not recommended for recreational vehicles):  In 
Crawford, NE, at the intersection of State Rts. 2/71 and US Rt. 20, take Rts. 
2/71 north 4.6 miles to Toadstool sign.  Turn left after sign onto Toadstool Rd. 
(gravel and dirt) and go 12 miles to campground sign.  Turn left after the sign 
onto gravel road, crossing railroad tracks, and go 1.3 miles into campground.

GENERAL COMMENTS:
The elevation is 3,800 feet.

The campground is a single loop next to the geologically interesting Toadstool 
Park.  Each site has excellent views of the Toadstool formations and surrounding 
grasslands.  The understory is grass that is kept mowed giving the campground a 
manicured appearance.  The mowed grass gives two benefits.  First, it reduces the 
risk of an accidental wildfire and more importantly, offers some protection from 
the Prairie rattlesnake.  Although there is no middlestory, privacy is excellent 
due to the space between campsites.  A ramada (sun shade) over the picnic tables 
and pedestal grills is located at each campsite.  The campground is excellent 
for a 360-degree view of the night sky and is centrally well located for day trips 
to Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed, High Plains Homestead, Warbonnet Monument, 
and Montrose Church.  Of course, the Toadstool Geologic Park trail is a must while 
at this campground - amazing.

SEASONS
Open Seasonal: No
Open All Year: Yes

RATE AND MAXIMUM STAY PERMITTED
Rate: $5 per day

NOTE: Because services are reduced, no fee from mid-November thru Mid-May. Check
with ranger district office for specific dates. 
Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14

CAMPGROUND SITE CONFIGURATION
No. RV Sites: 0
No. Tent Sites: 0
No. Combined Sites (Tent or RV): 6
   
   Total Sites: 6

Tent Pads: No
Open Sites: Yes
Wooded Sites: No
Equestrian Camping: No

No. Tables on Sites: 6
No. Grilles on Sites: 6

RV INFORMATION
Hookups: None
No. RV Pull Throughs: 0
Waste Station: No 
Average Parking Apron Size: 13" X 31"

Comments:
The parking aprons are gravel.

FACILITIES
Vaults: Yes
Flush Toilets: No
Hot Showers: No
Wheelchair Friendly Toilets: Yes

Public Phone: No
Playground: No
No. Water Spigots (non-site): 0

WATER SPORTS - None

HIKING
Toadstool Interpretive Loop trail (foot) - 1 mile
Hudson-Meng trail (foot) - 3 miles

FISHING - No



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