Smith Falls State Park

Smith Falls State Park, Valentine: Address, Phone Number, Smith Falls State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Smith Falls State Park
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JoAnn H
Lyons, KS55 contributions
Beautiful stop
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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OutdoorKidz
Omaha, NE793 contributions
Nice spot to take in a natural feature
Sep 2021
Great spot to pause and take in a natural sight. The well-maintained trail leads from the parking lot to the falls in about 10-15 minutes. The viewing platform is not very large, so be prepared for cozy viewing if other visitors are there simultaneously to you. The day use area around the falls can make for a nice enjoyable relaxing afternoon.
Written October 3, 2021
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attendee5876
Nebraska57 contributions
Too many stairs for me
Jun 2021
Park was closed, even though the sign indicated it was to be open. Disappointed there was no handicapped accessibility to the area.
Written June 7, 2021
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462rhondag
Loveland, CO9 contributions
Go anytime - not what the website says
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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Heidi B
2 contributions
Loved it!
Sep 2020
Great stop while on the Niobrara! Great scenery and well maintained! Worth the time and glad we stopped.
Written October 2, 2020
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Roni
16 contributions
Beautiful
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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Mike B
Emporia, KS111 contributions
Very pretty
Sep 2020 • Couples
It is a bit of a hike back to the falls. Well maintained path and board walk back to the falls. There are restrooms in several spots.
Written September 3, 2020
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Jessica L
Decatur, Texas, United States44 contributions
Waterfall in NE!
Jul 2020 • Family
I grew up in NE but was not aware of this park until recently. We visited on our way home from a trip to South Dakota. There are several waterfalls located near Valentine but our hotel recommended this one for accessibility. The park permit is self pay right now due to COVID. There are latrines located around the park, the visitor center is currently closed. It is about a 0.4 mile walk to the falls, down a few stairs, over a bridge, and on some boardwalks; it was not too much for my 4 yo and parents in their 60s. The waterfall is so beautiful and you can step into the cool water and sand at the bottom. I think a park employee was there monitoring safety. We were able to "social distance" for the most part. If we are able to return sometime I would definitely try to float the river as that looked very popular!
Written July 25, 2020
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Mary H
Omaha, NE46 contributions
Easy to find
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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Jessica B
Omaha, NE212 contributions
Great Visit with the Pooch
Jul 2020 • Couples
Brought our puppy to enjoy the falls. The path made it really easy for everyone to get to them. Park was clean. Be prepared for drunken tubers if going on a weekend. It can get a little crazy
Written July 22, 2020
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