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Smith Falls State Park
SMITH FALLS STATE PARK
SMITH FALLS STATE PARK
HC 13, Box 25
Valentine, Nebraska   69201

Phone: 402-376-1306
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Smith Falls State Park
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Smith Falls State Park
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Nebraska's newest state park straddles the Niobrara National Scenic River, 18 miles east of Valentine. The park protects the biological and scenic significance of the location, while allowing the public to view the state's highest waterfall. The area primarily serves day-use visitors, canoers on the Niobrara River and canoe campers.

The south side of the river, where the falls are located, is maintained in a natural state. Hiking is limited to established trails to prevent erosion and protect rare plants. Although there is no vehicle access or camping there, a footbridge across the Niobrara links the falls to the north side of the park. Picnic sites, tent camping, restrooms, concession, and pay showers are available on the north side of the river.
Camping
Smith Falls State Park offers primitive camping that is reservable 1 year in advance. Smith Falls campground straddles the Niobrara National Scenic River. Picnic sites, tent camping, restrooms, concession, and pay showers are available on the north side of the river. No RV facilities are available. The park protects the biological and scenic significance of the location, while allowing the public to view the state's highest waterfall.


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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 19 nice place to cool off
Nice place to cool off in the summer. One of the few state parks that Nebraska does not own but leases and maintains well.
October 10 a great place to visit and relax
We had just a short visit, but that was enough for us to want to come back!! I left my cell phone there and they even sent it back!! Fantastic
September 5 Camping, Nature Trail, River & Waterfall by TLChief11
The BEST State Park in Nebraska! Thank You John!
October 4 my favorite place to go! by km
We have been going to smith falls for many years now.
September 30 Beautiful scenery and a lovely boardwalk by Deb
July 15 One of the best family trips ever! by Ang213
Just returned from a 4 day trip of camping and canoeing... What a blast! In-expensive for a family of 4! The river is amazing, the scenery is beautiful! Already booking the dates for next year!
July 7 A kind staff and nice river float by The Lavallee Family
The small number of campsites added to the friendly and relaxed feel of this campsite. The Falls wear nice and cold and the river was calm enough to body float down--but were water shoes and be careful as the depth changes often--1 ft to 4 ft where we were at. The showers were clean, the staff very kind (thanks Ken and Cathy) and the grounds were well kept.
August 14 Loved it.
My boys loved climbing around under the falls and in the rapids below where it joins the Niobrara River. Very cool.
June 27
August 6 Cant believe this is in Nebraska! by Amber
Beautiful!


Area Campgrounds

Fishberry Campground
HC 14 Box 1
Valentine, NE


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Directions
Driving directions for Smith Falls SPFrom Valentine you go 15 miles east on Hyway 12 to the sign and 4 miles south on gravel road to park.

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Smith Falls State Park
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