A lot of outdoorsy families have their go-to cabin each summer. We have a favorite at Mahoney State Park, for instance. But, I love a change of scenery so I’ve started looking into other great cabins within about two hours of Omaha. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway in nature, check out these cabins!
Disclosure: This post may containaffiliate links. At no extra cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.
Awesome Cabins Near Omaha
You don't have to drive too far to escape the city. Here are some of my top recommendations for cabins within driving distance of Omaha.
Types of cabins: Even with 55 cabins, this park's occupancy fills up early each year, especially during the summer. Cabins hold between 5 to 20 people, with the most updated -- and popular -- cabins (Governor's Row) holding 12.
My family's partial to the treetop cabins in the Margre Village Cabin Loop, but you really can't go wrong at this park.
Types of cabins: Being at one of my favorite state parks, and so near Mahoney State Park, make Platte River cabins great options. The park has the much-coveted glamping cabins for 2 people, as well as more than 50 other cabins.
Sixteen of the cabins are camper cabins, so while they have A/C and heating, they're pretty rustic. The 21 modern cabins have housekeeping and linens provided.
Types of cabins: While KOA may be known for its campgrounds around the country, this location also has five cabins. Ranging in size, the largest sleeps up to 8 people. These cabins are bring-your-own linens. All but one have a kitchen.
Where: Moorhead, Iowa (near Preparation Canyon State Park)
Distance from Omaha: 55 miles
Types of cabins: There are seven cabins and cottages here, and while I've never been, I know some friends who go each year and always tell me all about it. The three cottages have water and plumbing, while the remaining cabins do not.
Sizes vary, but the largest cottage sleeps 6, and most of the others seem to be around a 4-person capacity.
Types of cabins: By far, the most impressive cabins in the park are the two, 10-person Cabin Cottages. During the summer, these are typically rented out by the week.
There are also 14 smaller cabins, some with water and a bathroom, and some without. We stayed in a cabin without water and while it was cozy, the nighttime run to the public bathroom isn't my favorite.
Type of cabin: You guessed it. It's a treehouse. You'll have to climb stairs to get to your accommodations. This small treehouse is perfect for two adults (in fact, they explicitly say it's not suitable for young children). The perk of this place is that's it's not far from Dorothy Picate Nature Center, a great place for hiking.
Types of cabins: Ponca State Park has 31 cabins available, ranging from those that sleep 5 on up to sleeping 8. Cabin Loop cabins are more rustic (and affordable) and the popular Conference Center cabins are more modern.
Having stayed in a Cabin Loop cabin, it's not fancy by any means, but nice to have a little kitchen and running water. I know I'd be happier splurging for a Conference Center cabin next time, though.
If you’re willing to drive longer than two hours, there are obviously more options. If you like having activities found at Nebraska State Parks, check out this guide of all state park cabins available at those parks.
There are bigger homes available around Lake McConaughy on VRBO.com.
You’ll find quite a few cabin options near Valentine, Neb., which makes sense because people plan canoe trips down the Niobrara River. If that sounds like a great getaway for you, check out these cabins: