I’m finally getting to a number of waterfalls I visited in the past six months. Due to Covid-19, I haven’t done much exploring lately, and have elected to stay at home. The outdoors might be the best place to visit, especially when social distancing guidelines seem to be followed. (If you’re reading this in a few years, and you don’t understand, well…good?)
In November 2019 (before the world changed), I was visiting Omaha, and was looking for waterfalls in the area. I happened to stumble upon one online, though it wasn’t advertised a lot. Stone Creek Falls popped up on a few other blogs and sites, and it seemed easy enough to visit as it was just outside of Omaha. So we headed out to Platte River State Park.
The Platte River runs next to the state park, but the waterfall is not on the Platte River. I’m assuming it would be on Stone Creek, which flows into the Platte River. Oddly enough, you can’t even see the Platte River very well because a railroad owns the property directly adjacent to the river.
The hike from the parking area is relatively short. It only took 10-15 minutes or so. The trail wasn’t a difficult hike, either. Even though it isn’t a tall waterfall, it’s one that can be quick to visit if you’re in or close to Omaha.
- From I-80 W south of Omaha, take the exit onto NE-66 heading east.
- Follow NE-66 E (E Park Highway) until you reach 346th Street.
- Turn left onto 346th Street heading north toward Platte River State Park.
- After entering the park, turn left away from the Park Headquarters. A short distance after that, you’ll find a trail head for the waterfall. You don’t have to enter the camping area.
- Follow the Stone Creek trail to Stone Creek Falls.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.6 miles round-trip
Where in the World is Stone Creek Falls?