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.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are in the area Smith Falls is an absolute must see. On a road trip through the area? Stretch your legs and spend some time here. In recent years this area has become a destination for those who like lazy river activities and beautiful lush green camping. And for good reason. This is a gem of a find in a very unexpected location. That being said, the waterfall by itself is not something to drive across Nebraska for.

Easy, accessible, and the tallest waterfall in Nebraska! Good job Game and Parks!

walking
8 months ago

Short, easy walk along the Niobrara River, then a wooden pathway leads back to Smith Falls. 5 stars for how much fun it is to splash around with our kiddo at the base of the falls; highly recommended!

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

Relative to the area, Smith Falls is a must do. Simple boardwalk to the falls. Nice campground, great float river adjacent to the falls.

scenic driving
Friday, July 22, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Must see! The waterfall is beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, August 23, 2015

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.

walking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

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.

walking
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hiking
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hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

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Monday, October 17, 2016