Taylor Community Arboretum
The community-wide arboretum includes the Tourist park, Visitor Information Center, Taylor Public Library, historical Pavillion Hotel, and Log Cabin Museum as well as the Taylor Park. Being a part of the statewide arboretum initiative, Taylor is now included on the Arboretum register which helps encourage more visitors to the area.
The Calamus Reservoir & State Recreation Area is the most beautiful boating and fishing lake the Sandhills has to offer! White sand beaches, modern boat ramps, and prize fishing makes this one of the state's most family friendly vacation destinations. Several campgrounds accommodate RV parking and tenting needs. The recreation area includes ample opportunities for hunting, bird watching, hiking, etc. For more information visit:
Calamus Outfitters offers tanking, tubing, kayaking and canoeing on the Calamus River during the summer months. Ranch tours in open top vehicles are also available and are a great way to experience the Sandhills. For more information call
308-346-4697 or visit our website:
The Taylor Park makes up the central Village square and is easily recognizable by the many mature cottonwoods that provide ample shade and beauty. The park boasts a gazebo, modern playground equipment, two picnic shelters, public restrooms, running water, and ample space for picnics, reunions, children's activities or just quiet relaxation. The main shelter has power outlets and a charcoal grill.
Taylor Tourist Park
The Taylor Tourist Park is located along Highway 91 in Taylor and is ready to serve your RV parking and tenting needs. Besides six full RV hook-ups, the park has playground equipment, horseshoe pits, a large basketball court, and a lovely shaded green space. The park is first come, first serve, no reservations are needed. It is available May through October with full hook-up, parking only November through April.
Harrop Park is located 18 miles north of Taylor on Highway 183. Native flora abounds on the informative nature walk. A picnic shelter, windmill and restrooms make this an attractive place to stretch your legs while taking in the vast beauty of the Sandhills. A Nebraska historical marker on the site tells the fascinating story of how 'Harrop' came to be.
Sandhills Eco Region
Taylor, Nebraska is an excellent first step in the exploration of the Sandhills of Nebraska. As one of the last vestiges of the great American plains, it's hard not to be awestruck by the sheer magnitude of the Sandhills and its unspoiled natural condition. Covering 19,300 square miles in north central Nebraska, The Sandhills Ecoregion includes the largest dune system in the western hemisphere and one of the largest grass-established dune regions in the world. The high water table in this semiarid region allows for many lakes, marshes, and wetlands to dot the landscape. Loup County is indeed a gem as our area is blessed with the Sandhills grass, two major rivers - the North Loup and Calamus - and numerous feeder creeks that provide priceless habitat for birds and wildlife as well as family friendly recreation.
In 2013 a Veterans Memorial was erected next to the Loup County Historical Society Church Building, thanks to the efforts of the Loup County VFW Post 6150 and Historical Society. It is dedicated to the veterans of Loup County and all veterans who have served our country. It is located along Highway 183.
Visitor Information Center
Let us welcome you to Taylor and Loup County at our Visitor Information Center located at the Junction of Highways 183 and 91. Inside you will find brochures of the area and see some memorabilia from days gone by when the original gas station was a full service gas station. Sit down inside and view the hand painted map of Loup County, enjoy the clean, fresh air and a drink of fresh water, courtesy of Sandhill's hospitality. Be sure to sign our Guest book as well!
Log Cabin Museum
The Pioneer Log Cabin Museum was completed in the 1940s by the Loup County Historical Society and volunteers. Various families connected with the early settlers of Loup County furnished logs for the building. It continues to house a plethora of donated historical artifacts from the area. The Log Cabin and other Loup County Historical Museum buildings are open by appointment. Call 308-942-6237.
You can enjoy a wide range of birds at the Calamus State Recreation Area with a self-guided tour. Visit the Calamus State Recreation Area calendar to see if they have any upcoming birding events.