Smith Falls State Park
Smith Falls State Park
4.5
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90159 Smith Falls Rd, Valentine, NE 69201-1615
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Mary H
Omaha, NE49 contributions
Jul 2020
After driving for many, many miles, I got to the falls about 4:30 PM and they were closed. I don't know if they closed for COVID or if they just close early. There were campers in the campgrounds, but no map or info on how to get to the falls. The offices were closed. Very disappointing to drive that far and not get to see the falls.
Written July 24, 2020
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JoAnn H
Lyons, KS55 contributions
Oct 2021
Highest falls in Nebraska awesome. Nice easy hike for even older people. We did do a Niobrara River float and went past this site and Berry Falls also. Came back the next day to hike it.
Written October 9, 2021
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Roni
16 contributions
Sep 2020 • Family
Beautiful, on the easier side walk/hike. Has a few stairs at the beginning and end but otherwise has ramps or flat surfaces. Beautiful scenery and lots of restrooms along the way. Could use some signs to point you in the direction to go when looking for the falls though. We drove around wandering for a bit before deciding to park and just walk to find the path.
Written September 28, 2020
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Kathy D
Omaha, NE23 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
We really enjoyed seeing Smith Falls! We were tied from kayaking but it was worth the effort .It is important to know that you can’t see the falls from the Niobrara River. To get to the falls, you actually go through the campground to the far end and walk through the tent camping area. I didn’t see signage indicating how to get to the path. It is a cement sidewalk until it becomes a handicapped accessible boardwalk.
Written August 27, 2023
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462rhondag
Loveland, CO10 contributions
May 2021
Don't pay attention to the open and close times. You can go anytime between 6 am and 10 pm. We wasted hours - the evening before and the morning of when we could have gone and been on the road to the next stop. It was nice, well maintained rv park and short hike to the falls which was really pretty.
Written May 30, 2021
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Bruce-and G
Nebraska69 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Neat place to visit, we've been there several times in the last 4 years, but on nice summer weekends, the place is full of drunks that stop there on their float trip down the river. Lots of cussing and down right crudeness, never mind the signs that say no food or drink up to the falls, doesn't slow them down a bit on taking their booze up there to spill on you when they stumble into you. I'd advise go during the week or earlier in spring or later fall when there are less drunks around. Don't plan on coming back any time soon.
Written July 20, 2014
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AlexanderDelarge
Omaha, NE929 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
My wife, three kids and I spent the weekend at Smith Falls State Park and had a nice stay. We spent two nights in a tent along the Niobrara River. We tubed down the river in a 4 hour ride. We used Graham's and had a good experience. The tent spot had a fire ring, a grill (charcoal required) and two picnic benches. There were trees to offer some shade as well. A public bathroom with showers is within walking distance. Tokens cost .75 cents and are for 3 minutes of water. The waterfall is a cool 52 degrees and will take your breath away but after several seconds you can stay under the falls and enjoy cooling off. The heat and bugs are nasty so the falls were my go to place to cool off. The river is not very deep in most spots and does not flow very fast at the Falls, so children can play in the river. Firewood and ice can be purchased from the check in area along with some candies.
Written July 27, 2015
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rbwildcat
Phillipsburg, KS263 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We recently spent one night camping at Smith Falls State Park. This seems to be a hidden treasure in northern Nebraska! We had a nice shady campsite right by the Niobrara River for our tent. We were there mid-week, so it was not crowded at all. The Niobrara is a popular river for tubing, kayaking, and canoeing. We chose Smith Falls State Park, so we could hike to the waterfall. It's an easy hike over a bridge and raised boardwalk. Once at the falls, you are allowed to walk around in the water and stand under the falls! It's a beautiful site! If you aren't staying at the park, you can still stop and park at the admin building and follow the trail to the falls. There's also a pull-off stop along the river to bring your tube, kayak, etc. into shore and hike up the falls.

We stayed in campsite #13 -- I'd recommend this one! It's the last one, so you potentially could only have neighbors on one side. It also is a nice big area, so you could fit several tents if you had a bigger party. This one was recommended to us because there's several trees and provides nice shade for your tent, particularly in the evening. There is a bathroom up the stairs in the admin building right across from the campsite. The bathroom remains open 24 hours a day. The bathhouse is also a close walk.
Written June 8, 2018
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alphawolfie
Guthrie, OK602 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is an out of the way park that is very well maintained. You can park up at the admin area or go down to the camping area. Either way the walk to the falls is part trail, part bridge and the last part is raised decking. If you like kayaking then this park and river are for you. The road is gravel and sand, we were in an AWD vehicle and did not have any problems even though it had rained the day before.
Written September 23, 2017
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whoknows987
Manhattan, KS64 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
We were floating on the river and Smith Falls State Park was our take out point so we figured we would visit the falls while we were there. My three teenage grand kids had a great time. In fact, they liked it so much that we made a special trip back the next day just to visit the falls again. In addition to being pretty spectacular, the great thing about the falls is that you can get right in them, play around in the water, and stand under the falls. The water is shallow with minimal current so appropriate for all ages. There are picnic tables etc. in the park if you want to have a meal and hang around for a while. You cannot take food or drink back to the falls and it is about a 1/4 mile walk from the picnic area back to the falls. The closest parking is at the park office and it is perhaps 1/2 mile maximum from the office to the falls. You can also swim (wade) in the river if you wish. There will be other people at the falls as it is a popular spot but it was not crowded when we were there (midweek, mid-afternoon).

There are quite a few campsites in the park. Since we did not camp there, I will not attempt to comment on that aspect of the park. It does cost $5 per vehicle to visit the part (daily fee).

The falls are wheel chair accessible but you cannot get a wheel chair right down to the water, just to a close up observation area with a good view of the falls.
Written August 15, 2016
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Smith Falls State Park - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)