Nebraska Highway 12

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Nebraska Highway 12 marker

Nebraska Highway 12
Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway
Nebraska Highway 12 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by NDOR
Length: 231.26 mi[1] (372.18 km)
Existed: 1926 – present
Major junctions
West end: US 83 in Valentine
  US 183 in Springview
N-137 west of Naper
US 281 in Spencer
N-14 in Niobrara
US 81 east of Crofton
N-15 west of Obert
East end: US 20 west of Jackson
Counties: Cherry, Keya Paha, Boyd, Knox, Cedar, Dixon, Dakota
Highway system
N-11 N-13

Nebraska Highway 12 is a highway in northern and northeastern Nebraska. It has a western terminus at U.S. Highway 83 in Valentine and an eastern terminus at U.S. Highway 20 west of Jackson. The highway largely lies within ten miles (16 km) of the South Dakota border its entire length. The highway has been designated the Outlaw Trail Scenic Byway.

Route description[edit]

Nebraska Highway 12 begins at an intersection with US 83 in Valentine, Nebraska. It goes northeast out of Valentine through the Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge before turning east. It also provides the easiest link to Smith Falls State Park. It passes through Sparks, then turns southeasterly towards Springview, where it meets U.S. Highway 183. After a brief concurrency with US 183 north, it turns east and briefly overlaps Nebraska Highway 137 before continuing eastward to another concurrency with Nebraska Highway 11 in Butte. It goes south out of Butte, then turns east and meets U.S. Highway 281 in Spencer, which it also overlaps. It continues eastward through the tribal lands of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and around the edge of Niobrara State Park. It then crosses the Niobrara River and enters the village of Niobrara, Nebraska, where it meets Nebraska Highway 14.[1][2]

NE 12 and NE 14 continue eastward together from Niobrara until NE 14 turns north to go across into South Dakota. NE 12 continues east through the Santee Indian Reservation and continues due east through Crofton, Nebraska. It continues on the same line eastward, intersecting U.S. Highway 81 in the process, then turns southeastward near Wynot. It meets Nebraska Highway 15 and the two routes are paired together through Obert and Maskell before NE 15 turns north to go toward Vermillion, South Dakota. It angles through Newcastle and Ponca. It turns briefly south, then goes southeast to end west of Jackson at an intersection with U.S. Highway 20.[1][2]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Destinations Notes
Cherry Valentine 0.00 0.00 US 83 (West 4th Street/North Main Street)
Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge 4.13 6.65 S-16A east
Keya Paha Springview 48.31 77.75 US 183 south (11th Street) Western end of US 183 overlap
53.31 85.79 US 183 north Eastern end of US 183 overlap
75.41 121.36 N-137 south Western end of N-137 overlap
79.90 128.59 N-137 north Eastern end of N-137 overlap
Boyd Naper 89.47 143.99 S-8A north (County Road V)
Butte 102.53 165.01 N-11 south Western end of N-11 overlap
103.53 166.62 N-11 north Eastern end of N-11 overlap
Spencer 112.60 181.21 US 281 north Western end of US 281 overlap
116.19 186.99 US 281 south Eastern end of US 281 overlap
Knox Niobrara 150.24 241.79 N-14 south (Cedar Street) Western end of N-14 overlap
153.10 246.39 N-14 north Eastern end of N-14 overlap
Santee 156.13 251.27 S-54D north
Crofton 178.41 287.12 N-121 north (West 8th Street)
Cedar 183.39 295.14 US 81
Fordyce 185.43 298.42 S-14A south (558th Avenue)
190.43 306.47 N-57 south
St. Helena 191.43 308.08 S-14H north (564 Avenue)
Wynot 195.65 314.87 S-14B north
200.11 322.05 N-15 south (572 Avenue) Western end of N-15 overlap
Dixon 207.82 334.45 N-15 north (579 Avenue) Eastern end of N-15 overlap
Ponca 223.49 359.67 S-26E north (Nebraska Street)
224.47 361.25 N-9 south
Dakota 231.26 372.18 US 20
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d "Nebraska Highway Reference Log Book" (PDF). Nebraska Department of Roads. 2015. pp. 45–48. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Google (2010-11-09). "overview of Nebraska Highway 12" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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