5 Waterfalls In Nebraska That Will Absolutely Take Your Breath Away
Being a flat, landlocked state, you probably wouldn’t expect Nebraska to have any waterfalls at all. You’d be almost right – most of the state’s rivers and waterways flow peacefully with hardly a change in altitude. But head out to the western part of Nebraska along the Niobrara river and you’ll catch some breathtaking views of these unexpectedly lovely natural waterfalls and cascades. Here are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in Nebraska.
Most of Nebraska’s waterfalls are fed from small ground springs and the Ogallala aquifer, and they are largely concentrated in the ecologically unique Nebraska Sandhills region along the Niobrara River. There are some 200 more tiny, unnamed waterfalls in the area which are more like small dropoffs in the middle of the river than a cascade. What they lack in size they make up for in unspoiled natural beauty. There’s nothing quite like venturing out on a hiking, fishing, or camping trip and stumbling upon one of the many smaller, unexpected falls that adorn the scenic Niobrara River in Nebraska.
Address: Smith Falls, Valentine, NE 69221, USA
Address: Snake River Falls, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
Address: Niobrara Valley Preserve, 42269 Morel Road, Johnstown, NE 69214, USA
Address: Berry Falls, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
Address: Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, 39983 Refuge Rd, Valentine, NE 69201, USA
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Best Waterfalls in Nebraska
April 21, 2021
What are the best waterfall hikes in Nebraska?
Some of the best waterfall hikes in Nebraska are the following:
Smith Falls Trail
Fort Walls Trail in Fort Niobrara Wilderness.
What scenic spots in Nebraska are there?
Some of the most scenic spots in Nebraska are the following places:
Ashfall Fossil Beds to find fossils dating hundreds of millions of years ago
Chimney Rock is one of the strangest spots in the entire state
Niobrara River is stunning and a can’t-miss for any nature lover.
As a lifelong Nebraskan, Delana loves discovering the many hidden treasures of her state. She has worked as a writer and editor since 2007. Delana's work has been featured on more than a dozen websites and in Nebraska Life Magazine.