Exploring Smith Falls State Park

Exploring Smith Falls State Park

Summertime is here and in full swing. If you’re not sure how to spend your time this summer, than we suggest you check out Nebraska’s Smith Falls State Park. Tucked away, 18 miles east of Valentine, is a gorgeous cascading waterfall, making it the highest waterfall in the state. This destination offers your perfect mix of beauty and adventure all in one place!


Smith Falls State Park offers great camping spots with tent camping, picnic sites, concession and pay showers. The camping site sits right along the Niobrara National Scenic River. Unfortunately there are no RV facilities available but you can still stop by the state park and explore the many hiking trails available to the public.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Floating

If you enjoy being on the water than this is the places for you. The 76 miles river stretches east of Valentine and is a designated a scenic river. You’ll find some of the best canoeing, kayaking and tubing on this river. No worries if you don’t own a watercraft, there are several rental outfitters available and will provide shuttle service to your starting location. For those looking for a more customized experience  you can arrange a 2-6 hour float trip to meet your group’s needs.

Nearby Attractions

You can also stop and visit some other attractions in the area as well. The Cowboy Recreation and Natural Trail offers some spectacular scenery and has trails that are great for hiking, biking and horseback riding. You’ll even see an old train trestle which crosses over the Niobrara River. Another place to check out is Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. This refuge is 19,131acres that is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. You can see prairie dogs, deer, Bison, elk and deer through a 3.5 mile wildlife drive through the refuge. 

Nebraska is full of wondrous gems hidden throughout the state. Don’t count it out for your next vacation or road trip. If you’re are the road and find yourself in need of an RV service or part, make sure you stop at Apache Camper Center and let us get you back on the road!

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