Birding Drives

Challenging Sandhills Scenic Drive

This is a challenging Sandhills scenic drive, as some of the route traverses gravel and sandy roads  Begin by traveling to Sutherland on Highway 30, about 25 miles west of North Platte. While you’re in town, you might want to stop for a bite to eat. There’s a Subway on the east edge of town, a convenience store that serves...

Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Drive

Travel through the scenic Loess hills of Nebraska.  Traverse the same geography that native Americans, soldiers from Ft. McPherson, and Buffalo Bill crossed during the early history of Nebraska. Please use caution—you will be driving on gravel country roads with many hills, blind curves and cross-roads.  You can encounter wildlife and cattle on the roads.  Take your time, enjoy the...

Crane Watching

To view Sandhill Cranes in the Lincoln County area, start driving north on Dewey/Jeffers (Hwy 83).  After you cross the North River Bridge, turn west (left) on North River Road.  There are some chances to get off on the wrong road, so when the road turns, make sure you watch the signs and stay on North River Road.  You will...

Sandhills Scenic Drive

This drive will take you through the scenic Sandhills north of North Platte on all paved roads.  Go north out of North Platte on Highway 83.  When you get to Stapleton, turn west on Highway 92.  You will go through the rural community of Ringgold on your way to Tryon.  From Tryon, you will need to back track, then return...

Wild Horse Canyon Scenic Drive

Go east out of North Platte on Highway 30 to Brady.  Turn North on North Brady Road.  This is a gravel road, and conditions will vary depending upon weather and the time of year.  North Brady Road will intersect highway 47 going north between Gothenburg and Arnold.  After exploring the rural community of Arnold, go back south on Highway 47...