The 10 Best Things to Do in Valentine, United States

December 7, 2017 Elouise Mccaul

Valentine in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for State Parks. Discover best things to do in Valentine with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Smith Falls State Park

90159 Smith Falls Rd, Valentine, NE 69201-1615 +1 402-376-1306
Excellent
78%
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Smith Falls State Park

Reviewed By Bob A - Albuquerque, New Mexico

We took time to drive to Smith Falls State Park to see the waterfall. Great for younger people but with temps at 105 a challenge for senior's. Great place for locals but as avid travelers seeing Niagara Falls and Columbia Gorge Fall's this was not that impressive.

2. Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Valentine, NE +1 402-376-3789
Excellent
55%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 84 reviews

Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge

Prairie dogs, antelope and buffalo are some of the animals that can be spotted at this wildlife refuge.

Reviewed By Stew S - New Orleans, Louisiana

Heading west to our final destination at Mount Rushmore, we passed through Valentine NE and saw signs for the Fort Niobrara NWR -- so glad we stopped in for a chat with Vanessa, a thoroughly knowledgeable staffer. Helped us find the area's best places to explore locally. Great scenery - wildlife - plantlife etc.

3. Niobrara National Scenic River

214 W Highway 20, Valentine, NE 69201-2005 +1 402-376-1901
Excellent
84%
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12%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 25 reviews

Niobrara National Scenic River

Reviewed By J-E_SoDak - South Dakota

We went on a tube float trip. I didn't realize how shallow it would be. Definitely some water shoes or keens or something like that would be good to save your feet. Was very glad I had my keens on. Moves fairly slow but speeds up in spots. Lots of little water falls to see. Very pretty trip and had a great time.

4. Cowboy Trail

Cowboy Trail, Valentine, NE
Excellent
58%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Cowboy Trail

Reviewed By Rick M

Nice overall trail for walking, running,or biking. Scenic views of the Niobrara river from the old railroad bridge converted to a walking bridge.

5. Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

39679 Pony Lake Rd, Valentine, NE 69201-2402 +1 402-376-1889
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Valentine National Wildlife Refuge

Reviewed By Carol A S - Marietta, Georgia

The 72,000 acre refuge is a great place to see wildlife in a vast tallgrass prairie landscape. It is enjoyed by birdwatchers (270 species), hikers (two nature trail), photographers (500 plant species), hunters (waterfowl, deer and upland game) and fishers (nine lakes with perch, bluegill, bass and pike). A good place to start your visit is the interpretive displays at the Marsh Lakes Overlook (near the northern boundary on US 83) describing the unique sandhills ecosystem. The overlook and a short nature trail offer views of undulating grass-covered sand dunes with interspersed marshes and lakes. Little Hay Wildlife Drive (nine miles over an improved gravel road) starts nearby, and crosses typical refuge habitats: meadows, marshes, sand hills, and lakes. There are numbered stops with a brochure describing sandhills formation, wildlife, and habitats. The west side of the refuge offers several lakes (Dewey and Hackberry are the most popular) with boat launches and floating docks for fishing, paddling, photography or birdwatching. Another hiking opportunity is the Civilian Conservation Corps Nature Trail on the west side of the refuge (access from spur route 16B). This one-mile trail (with interpretive signs) climbs a hill with an observation deck on an old CCC fire tower and offers a spectacular view of rolling sandhills, separated by marshes and lakes. Wildlife is most active early in the morning or in the evening. May, September and October are the best months to see both resident and migratory birds (pick up a wildlife list at the overlook or any of the kiosks at refuge boundaries). April and early May offer the chance to view prairie chickens in their courtship displays. Call the refuge about the observation blind where you can watch these "prairie dances" at close hand. The refuge is open only during daylight hours. There is no charge. Bathrooms and water are available at refuge headquarters (one mile east of US route 83) and the west end of Hackberry lake (near spur route 16B). There is a small picnic area at Hackberry Lake as well. Boat launches facilitate access to nine lakes (paddling and trolling motors only). Camping and fires are prohibited. Vehicles must stay on refuge roads. All plants, animals and historic artifacts are protected with exception of fish and game species, which follow seasons, limits licenses and rules of Nebraska Game and Parks.

6. Bryan Bridge

US Highway 20, Valentine, NE
Excellent
7%
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70%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 13 reviews

Bryan Bridge

Reviewed By Jean A - Miami, Oklahoma

Drove out to see this bridge and read a little of the history on the sign. Then drove across the newer bridge to photograph Bryan Bridge. When we stopped to read the sign, we were greeted by some wild turkeys. Nice surprise.

7. Big Alkali Lake State Wildlife Management Area

Four miles on Highway 16B, Valentine, NE 69201
Excellent
75%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Big Alkali Lake State Wildlife Management Area

Reviewed By Carol A S - Marietta, Georgia

This is a great place to stop for a picnic (or camp overnight) if you are traveling US 83 through central Nebraska. After seeing miles of rolling grass-covered sandhills, it is refreshing to stop by a lake and picnic under the trees. There are 30 sites each with a table and a grill, a laundry house (where you can get water), and a boat launch/dock. From Valentine,NE drive south on US 83 about 15 miles and turn west on Spur 16B about 5 miles. Look for the Big Alkali sign and follow the gravel road about a mile, crossing over two cattle guards. The site is free, and little used in summer (it gets more popular during the fall hunting season). This makes a good base camp to explore nearby Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, McKelvie National Forest or Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge.

8. Snake River Falls

88643 Hwy 97, 23 miles southwest of Valentine on Highway 97 about 3 miles before Merritt Reservoir, Valentine, NE 69201
Excellent
33%
Good
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Snake River Falls

Reviewed By NJM68462 - Phoenix, Arizona

The water at Snake River Falls tumbles over a 54 foot wide ledge and flows 12 miles to the Niobrara River. When the Snake River is full, it is the largest waterfall in Nebraska by volume. The waterfall is located 23 miles southwest of Valentine on Highway 97. Because access to the falls is on private property, it is not well marked. If you get to Merritt Reservoir you have gone too far. Go back 3 miles and follow the signs and directions. You can view the falls from trails on both sides of the Snake Falls Sportsman’s Club building. The trail to the left affords the best view. Admission is $1.00, and there is a pay box in front of the Sportsman’s Club building. This is a dandy little waterfall, and well worth traveling to a rather remote location to see it.

9. Centennial Hall

3rd&Macomb, Valentine, NE 69201 +1 402-376-1455
Excellent
25%
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4 based on 4 reviews

Centennial Hall

Reviewed By sharonhoblit - Mesa, Arizona

If your high School has been torn down, visit Valentine, Nebr. and tour Centennial Hall to see what can be done when a small town saves a historical building. The building is beautiful, each room is a wonderful visit to the past. Visit, we don't want to loose treasures like this

10. Ballards Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Route 83, Valentine, NE 69201 +1 402-471-0641
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3 based on 1 reviews

Ballards Marsh Wildlife Management Area

Reviewed By Carol A S - Marietta, Georgia

Ballards March Wildlife Management Area is about 20 miles south of Valentine, NE on US Highway 83 in the heart of Nebraska's sandhills. The large marsh and adjacent grasslands are managed by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. It is a great place to see common birds and wildflowers of the sandhills. Perhaps you will hear a coyote or see the bald eagles which nest in trees just up the road. A free primitive campground is available with room for a half-dozen tents or trailers. There are a couple of picnic tables, fire boxes, a hand-operated water pump and an outhouse. The gravel loop road allows easy maneuvering for trailers. The campground is well shaded by large elms and is a delightful stop for a picnic during the summer. I camped here in late June, and had the place to myself. I was delighted to hear the trill of meadowlarks and the chirp of crickets and see fireflies at night. Staying at Ballards Marsh allows an early start for those who want to fish, hunt or watch birds at Valentine National Wildlife Refuge (about 3 miles to the South on Route 83).

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