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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.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 406 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Rocky

Washed out

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Getting There

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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Kevin Reineking
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Hiking

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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Nick Pittman
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Hiking

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.

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!

Regan Kerkman
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Hiking

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!

Kara Barber
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HikingRocky

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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Stanna Dawson
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HikingOff trail

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

Darla Shrock
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Hiking

Worth the hike!

Taylor Shrock
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Hiking

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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HikingMuddy

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.

Christine Arason
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Hiking

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.

Brandi Sissel
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Hiking

Great trail! Definitely go right first!!!

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Lance Boyd
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Hiking

It’s an easy to walk trail down to the falls. It’s a little difficult to find the actual falls though. When you get down to the creek there is a bend in it and a small creek flowing into it. That’s the creek from the falls. There is a round marker with a yellow arrow on it marking the way, although we didn’t see it when we were going in. Just follow the water up a short distance and you are there. It’s a pretty little spot!

Emilio Borraz Ortega
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Mo Jo
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HikingRockyScrambleWashed out

It was a pretty trail but very rocky.. lots of cankle breakers!

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Emily Renner
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Hiking

The trail down to the falls is bland but once you get there, it’s really quite lovely. I had a good time wandering up and down the creek bed (the white rocks do something really magical to the water) and the hike/scramble to get to the falls is a lot of fun. It was a really nice place to sit in the middle of the water and have lunch.

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Ken & Danette Horne
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Hiking

Beautiful hike to QuiVaLa Elise Falls! We found the trail to be in good shape and mostly easy to follow. Once you get to the creek, follow it downstream until you reach the first tributary on the left. You will hike up by the tributary until you reach the waterfall. Rain the last few days made it slick but the waterfall was really rushing!!

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courtney oldenburg
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great little hike. Dog loved it and the waterfall was beautiful!

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Donovan Randall
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Hiking

Get ready for hill climb on your way back

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j mck
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Hiking

We came down for Memorial Day Weekend. The falls were small and Smith Creek was dry. We meet others in the trail that said the falls were flowing about 1 month ago. Trail is easy to follow to the creek. Once at the creek go left about 40 yards or the end of the bluff and look for a tree with a yellow arrow, that points to QuiVaLa. You hike up the creek bed to QuiVaLa. The walk up to the falls was rugged and could be slick if wet. We took a 5month old pup and a 10yr old with us and the walk up and out was the hardest.

Elizabeth Graham
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike...all up hill on the way back

Leesa Davis
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HikingRocky

We went after a nice rain and the falls were beautiful -nice walk down to the falls - nice workout going uphill all of the way out -

Jamie Branham
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Lolita Ragland
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Hiking

Lovely little hike-and yes you do come UP on the way out-good exercise! The whole area is nice -Elise Falls is a little “on a around the corner” delight

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