Welcome to Brown County...
Brown County's friendly citizens welcome visitors and provide a variety of
entertainment and tourist attractions. Visitors find it fascinating to watch
center-pivot sprinklers irrigating fields of corn, beans, alfalfa and other
crops. Western cattle ranches are of interest to visitors during branding season,
and also during haying operations in the summer. Some ranches are open to visitors
and horseback riding is also available. The beautiful Niobrara River Valley
is one of the most scenic places in the state and canoers travel from many states
to enjoy the Niobrara River located in the north edge of the county, and the
Calamus River is located in the southern part of the county. Rocky Ford on the
Niobrara River is the site of a former mill dam where water power was used for
a flour mill. Several canoe outfitters are head quartered along the Niobrara.
Fishing is good in the Niobrara River, Plum Creek, Pine Creek and in numerous
lakes in the southern part of the county.
For further information or to receive a brochure, contact the
Brown County Activities & Attractions
Nature Conservancy - See buffalo or hike on one of many trails along
the beautiful Niobrara River.
National Country Music Festival - Held every August in Ainsworth,
it offers great family entertainment for young and old.
Ainsworth Municipal Golf Course - A spacious, beautiful course.
(Tee times not necessary!)
Johnstown, Nebraska, Circa 1880 - The setting for the Hallmark Hall
of Fame Movie O Pioneers!
Brown County Fair & Rodeo -Every Labor Day Weekend, cowboys
and cowgirls from Nebraska and nearby states compete in the MSRA/NSRA sanctioned
three day rodeo.
The Sandhills of Nebraska - Drive through the Sandhills, exclusive
to Nebraska. Discover terrain found no other place in the world.
Pine Covered Canyons - Enjoy the beauty of our distinct landscape
along with fresh air and cool, clear water.
Niobrara River - Nationally designated as a Scenic River, the Niobrara
can accommodate the beginner to advanced level canoer.
Several State Recreation Areas and City Parks - These areas and
parks can meet your need to picnic, swim, tube, hike, etc. Just sit back
and enjoy the pleasure of crystal pure water and air.
Rural Farm/Ranch Activities - Experience the hospitality of our
local farm and ranch families which cannot be duplicated! Inquire about
the seasonal activities (corn planting, harvest, haying, and cattle drives).
Brown County residents exhibit a strong work ethic and dedication to the
land that has been passed down from generation to generation.
KBAR Bike Tour - Join in the scenic outdoors along a well marked
course the second weekend in July.
- Sand Hills Discovery Experience - Held every July in Ainsworth, this
event features experts in the fields of ecology, geology, paleontology and
hydrology. Additional attractions to the event are vendors, tours and available
- Rodeo Bible Camp - This youth event, split into junior and senior camps,
is held at the Brown County Fairgrounds in Johnstown in May (Sr. camp) and
June (Jr. camp). Over 100 campers learn fundamental skills with participation
in rodeo events and study bible lessons. Each day begins and ends with spiritual
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