Smith Creek Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ponca, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail down to Smith Creek entails about a 500 foot descent in the one mile journey from the parking area by Hwy 21. Trails along the creek are generally level. Smith Creek has many large boulders, cascades, and reflecting pools. It is also noted for its outstanding spring wild flower bloom that is on par with the famous bloom at Lost Valley. Wildflower fans will want to visit both destinations. QuiVaLa Elise Falls (side trail as you head down the hill from the trailhead) is one of many side trips you can take as you explore the area.
Wow. Amazing area. Elise falls wasn't running, but I wasn't expecting more than a trickle. Smith Creek, however, is flowing, and all of the nicest spots here were in their full glory on a clear, sunny day.
This is a great family spot, and it offers a good experience for all types of hikers. Those averse to insects, narrow/obscure trails, and inclines can stick to the main trail (or just stay indoors already) - though the beginning, right from the trailhead is a doozy - those who are a little more intrepid will enjoy hiking the Upper or Lower trails. All should continue on the trail past the picnic table. That's where it gets good!
beautiful fall hike. If you love beautiful trees and rocky rivers surrounded by high cliffs then the main trail and the spring trail are for you. If you don't enjoy those things then there is something wrong with you. Seek help. The afore mentioned trails are very wide (think roads) and all the points of interest are marked with little arrows.
The high road trail and the trail to the water fall are not as wide and a bit rough in spots but they are well marked and surrounded by great scenery.
The waterfall wasn't flowing but it was pretty anyway.
Did this trail yesterday. Disappointed no falls no water at all maybe bad time of year but what was the most disappointing is the trails are poorly make and you will get lost if you don't stay on the main trail. Ran into other people that were also lost and they had a GPS that said we were on the trail but there was not trail at all. Had to hike up the side of a hill through the woods to relocate trail.
Amazing hike. Took the wife and kids and everyone loved it. We turned the 3.6 mile route into 7.5 miles because we found so many amazing things to see. Needs to be on your list.
Beautiful and not crowded like so many others in this area.
This was a very beautiful trail. I have never heard of it until i found it on this site and i must say its a hidden gem in the Ponca area. we took an infant, two, six and eight year olds and they did fine. A little steep on the way out but power through it. Beautiful boulders, creek, waterfalls. 5 star for sure
This is a great valley to explore with waterfalls, neat rock formations, sinking creek, bouldering as you make your way upstream, old double track trails that lace the area. Very picturesque.