QuiVaLa Elise Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.6 miElevation gain406 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestRiverViewsWaterfallRockyWashed out
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Start down the road past the gate. At about 2/10 mile take the trail left. Should be a sign that says Elise falls. Follow this trail about 1/2 mile. Take the creekbed down stream a short distance to a ravine on the left. The Falls is up the ravine 150 ft. Return the way you come.

Small parking lot for two or three cars. Do not block gate.

Smith Creek Preserve; Nature conservancy info@smithcreekpreserve.com

The trailhead is just off of Highway 21, south of the Boxley Valley. Look for driveway leading back to a red gate on the left (east) side of the road. The gate sits about 100 feet back from the road. The entrance is exactly three miles from (and to the south of) the Boxley Baptist Church. This is 3.2 miles north of the Mossville Church. There should be a sign there for the Smith Creek Nature Preserve.

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Michella Seawright
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HikingGreat!

Nice waterfall. Don’t be fooled by the first little waterfall in front of entrance keep on walking back in.

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Tina Stamm
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Hike out was all up hill but a good work out waterfall was flowing good

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Gez Rogers
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The small parking area for QuiVaLa Elise Falls is just off the highway, meaning (almost) no dirt roads to have to drive on for this one. It is a sharp turn to the east right off HWY 21, but all vehicles would be able to manage the 100 yards or so from there to the parking space. This family friendly hike will take you slowly but surely along a very visible and well marked trail to a creek bed. The falls are just a couple of hundred feet the other side of the creek. In wetter weather / higher water, you may get your feet wet here, but today was an easy hop over the creek at this point. There are more trails in this nature preserve to explore. To view a short video clip of this trail and hike, then visit: https://youtu.be/6kxOHz5HVWY

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Elizabeth Donelson
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Waterfall was beautiful! Trail was pretty well marked; be sure to follow the yellow tree markers that are sometimes tricky to spot. We decided to make this a loop by hiking to the falls, the. taking the Lower Trail from the falls to the bridge, then back up the main trail. This was okay, but the waterfall and Smith Creek are definitely the highlights.

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Zachary Nixon
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HikingGreat!

Gorgeous waterfall, picture perfect! Definitely an easy trail, nothing complicated at all in this one.

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Josh Aubrey
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HikingRocky

Very pretty waterfall, and well marked trail. This time of year most of the creeks were dry, and we had to hike up all the way into the ravine to see the waterfall, which was small, but still gorgeous.

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Tånya Reddin
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Very beautiful. Lots of waterfalls and giant rocks.

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Chris Williams
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beautiful trail lots of water features. the trail is decently marked looks like they have has some recent reroutes. the last feature is really neat and worth going the distance.

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Glenda Costello
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This trail is beautiful throughout! you may have to cross a few stream/waterways but it is worth every minute!

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Audrey Garcia
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HikingBugs

Bad time of year for this hike (October). Not too interesting, just a sharp decline and thus a sharp incline on the way back for not much to see.

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Irene Ogeto
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Not the best trail this time of year. It was very muddy, a little strenuous and lots of insects. The water has dried up so I didn’t actually get to see the waterfall. This might look different in the spring so we’ll see.

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Jose Medina
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MAIN REASON FOR 1 star is there were way to many spiders on the path of the hike. I was unable to enjoy the hike. I can to get a stick and clean the path every few feet. It was the worst hiking experience ever.

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R.C. Taylor
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Not much to see here when water is low. Trail disappears on the loop. Walk out is strenuous.

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Jesse N
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Make sure it's running before you go

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hannah frala
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not very well marked, got lost and couldn’t find the falls

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Kevin Reineking
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Great trail over grown in a few areas. This time of year recommend walking with a stick for all the spiders.

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Thomas Calhoun
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This was not a good summer hike. There was no water in the creek or the falls. The trail was very overgrown in several places. There were spider webs across the trail every few feet. We had to wave our hiking sticks in front of ourselves constantly to remove the webs. This would be a nice hike at other times of the year.

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Nick Pittman
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I wanted to go on this trail but I didn’t feel safe. You have to park in the side of the road and walk 2/10 of a mile on a road that has no shoulder and lots of curves.

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Jennifer Mayo
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Very pretty. The trail was perfect and the falls were breathtaking. incline up out was steep so take your time! Worth it!

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Regan Kerkman
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It was a nice short hike just off the highway. There is poison ivy along the trail, just a forewarning. You have to hike up the creek a little ways to see the waterfall which made the hike really fun!

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Kara Barber
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Beautiful trail, hiking up to the waterfall is tricky but my 5 and 3 year old did great, just take your time! Tons of butterflies and wildflowers!

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Shannon Card
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HikingMuddy

Wonderful trail, especially in Spring, due to abundant wildflowers. Muddy in places, but fine with boots. Abundant poison ivy, so long pants recommended, if sensitive. Some junctions aren’t well marked. I returned on the lower trail, which wasn’t impressive except for different flowers. Elise Falls definitely worth the side trip. Steep hiking out.

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Ute Wolff
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Met up w Leslie in Harrison. She drove Hwy ... past Boxley Canyon to the Smith Creek Preserve sign on the L - difficult to see from road. Small parking lot, so get there early for a good spot. We walked down hill & turned R first, going toward the picnic table. Past that we walked directly along the creek most of the time. The view was stunning, so lush & green. At the end we ran out of trail, turned back, but walked along the rd. which are just old tire ruts back to the picnic table. Past over wooden bridge & turn R towards the creek. The trail leads to the other side of the creek. Had plenty of running water, but were able to get across w/o putting water shoes on. There we followed the trail till coming to a Y = lower trail vs. upper trail. We chose the upper trail. Was beautiful w many wild flowers, BUT also very overgrown. Eventually this one linked back into the lower trail, which than led to the waterfall. This hike has been one of the most scenic hikes in a long time due to all the water & greenery.

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Stanna Dawson
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Beautiful scenery with waterfalls, caves, and beautiful blue water.

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Darla Shrock
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Worth the hike!

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Taylor Shrock
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Great trail

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Steve Waechter
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HikingMuddy

Bring water shoes because you’ll need them to cross the creek and drainages.

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Monse Fabian
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Very pretty waterfall. After you reach the first creek make sure to cross it and behind it you will find Elise Falls. It’s a little slippery so be careful. Totally worth it and a very easy hike.

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Christine Arason
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Nice falls. Easy to miss. You don’t want to cross the first creek bead, you walk in it until you reach moving water then cross and the falls are a short way after you cross. I crossed again to get a closer look at the falls. Down hill most of the way there.

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