Smith Falls Trails is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sparks, NE that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, camping, and canoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Absolute must stop if traveling through north border of Nebraska. We stopped on way to Black Hills/Rushmore area before heading west to Yellowstone. Went as a kid, falls still looked the same, but it was a lonely dirt trail back then only accessible by boat. Great memories, completely commercialized now, but one of Nebraska's coolest areas to see.
Must see! The waterfall is beautiful.
I was at Smith Falls this spring, May 2015. I thought the hike was easy. I like the wood deck leading to the falls. It provides an easy pathway for those who might not otherwise be able to get back in to the falls. The park and grounds around the area were very nice. I enjoyed the river running through as well.
A must see!!!! Awesome shaded trails, mostly wooden stairs but it takes you directly to a waterfall which you can explore!! They have several other trails, restrooms, cool bridge and a trail that leads you to a lake.