The best camping near Smith Falls State Park

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Golden Prairie Bison

4 sites · RVs, Tents3000 acres · Valentine, NE
Carl & Vicki's land is a working cattle/bison ranch that sits on the Dakota-Nebraska Eroded Tableland. It is a diverse landscape of canyons, prairie, streams and ponds. Carl's grandmother filed a homestead claim on this ranch in 1914. We are close to the Niobrara Scenic River, Smith Falls, Fort Falls, and Fort Niobrara Wildlife Refuge. Birding, hiking, stargazing and canoeing are a few of the activities for the person who wants to experience the peace and quiet of this beautiful landscape. Educational bison/prairie tours are available. 
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Steinke Ranch Buffalo

7 sites · RVs, Tents1000 acres · Colome, SD
Learn more about this land: Welcome Steinke Ranch! We offer rolling hills covered with beautiful trees. We have 8 different sites available alongside 3 fishing lakes within 10 miles. Find a shooting range near by and a plenty of deer, turkey, buffalo, and pheasant, only 2 1/2 miles off of highway! Come here and enjoy ultimate peace and quiet!.........have a Camp Fire...Play Horseshoes....Cowboy putting green.....Skeet shooting....Buffalo meat ...Buffalo snacks....Wisconsin Cheese......100% Pure Maple Syrup from Vermont.....Buffalo toys......Decals.....
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Miner Ranch

3 sites · RVs, Tents960 acres · Gregory, SD
Originally homesteaded in 1904, Miner Ranch is now home to a large number of animals. Situated in the middle of beautiful vast prairie, Miner Ranch offers many different arts and crafts activities, horse back riding, video game projectors, and opportunities to feed different animals. Come enjoy the beautiful scenery that Miner Ranch has to offer! Full RV hook ups and a dump site near by, plus many areas for tent camping. Optional personal chef available.
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The best camping near Smith Falls State Park guide



Nebraska’s youngest preserved land, Smith Falls State Park, is a scenic wonder and tent campers playground! The south side of this park offers unspoiled woodlands, a chance to really get out into the wild, and the spectacular Smith Falls. There are no vehicles or camping allowed on this side of the park, just a chance to get in touch with Mother Nature and all her glory. The north side of the park is perfect for canoers who want to hop in the Niobrara River, or spend the day picnicking along the shores. With tent only campsites at Smith Falls, those looking to test out their new gear or hammock skillz will find plenty of rest and room under the pines.

When to go

The ideal time to visit Smith Falls State Park is during the spring and fall when the weather is mild and the natural beauty of the park is at its peak. Summer months can be busy and hot, while winter brings a quiet, frosty charm, though some facilities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's official website for any alerts on trail closures or safety advisories before your visit.
  • Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for hiking and exploring the diverse terrain.
  • Be mindful of the park's wildlife; observe from a distance and do not feed the animals.
  • Remember to pack out all trash and leave no trace to preserve the park's pristine condition.
  • Facilities such as restrooms and picnic areas are available, but it's wise to bring essential supplies in case they are fully occupied.

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