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Smith Falls State Park

 
Park Snapshot

12 E of Valentine
252 acres (8 water)

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Contact Information:
Smith Falls SP
90159 Smith Falls Rd.
Valentine,  NE  69201
Phone: (402) 376-1306

Summary

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 Facilities:
23 non-pad sites without electricity

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.



Camping: Yes

Water: Yes
Modern Restroom: Yes
Dump Station: No
Showers: Yes
Laundry: No

Lodging: No

Cabins: 0
Rooms: 0
Dorms: 0
Food Service: No

Trails: Yes

Hiking: 1 miles
M. Bike: 0 miles
Horse: 0 miles
Trail Rides: No
Allow Horses: No

Picnicking: Yes

Picnic Tables: 39
Grills: 39
Shelters: 1
Shelters w/ elec.: 1

Boating: Yes

Types: Canoes
Ramps: 0
Docks: 0
Fuel Avail.: No
Boat Rental: No
River Access: Yes

Fishing: Yes

Cleaning Stations: 0

Swimming: No

Pools: 0
Beaches: 0

Concessions: Yes

Smith Falls State Park's Office sells snack food: chips, candy bars, pop, etc.

Visitor Center: No

Office on Site: Yes

Smith Fall's Office
Hours: Memorial Day - Labor Day
Sun - Thurs 8 a.m. -10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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