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Nebraska State Parks

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Nebraska
North Central Region
Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park smithfalls boardwalk © Merle Simpson
photo from the boardwalk 02/12/17
Smith Falls State Park fisheye view © Merle Simpson
fisheye view of smith falls 2/12/17
Smith Falls State Park Smith Falls © Tricia Ditto
Smith Falls State Park ice sculptures at smith falls © Merle Simpson
smith falls on 2/12/17
Smith Falls State Park smithfalls cavern © Merle Simpson
the cavern behind smith falls taken from bellow the board walk
Smith Falls State Park © Dawne Olson
Smith Falls State Park winter colors © Merle Simpson
Smith falls in the trees 2/12/17
Smith Falls State Park Smith Falls © Tricia Ditto
Smith Falls State Park Smith Falls © Tricia Ditto
The unexpected
Smith Falls State Park Smith Falls © Theodore I. Griffith
Smith Falls
Smith Falls State Park © Dawne Olson
SMITH FALLS STATE PARK
SMITH FALLS STATE PARK
HC 13, Box 25
Valentine, Nebraska   69201

Phone: 402-376-1306
Email:
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
August 13 Just incredible!
One of the hidden gems in Nebraska, nestled in the Sandhills, and with so many other great sights to see, you truly need to make sure you stop here. You will not be disappointed.
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.
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Area Campgrounds
Fishberry Campground
HC 14 Box 1
Valentine, NE

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.

Nebraska
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Nebraska State Parks

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