The Boxley Valley Area

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The Boxley Valley area is a popular spot to explore this time of year. With the beautiful fall color, hiking trails, and elk rut for a dramatic display, the Boxley Valley area has a lot to offer in November. If you’re looking for a weekend camping location along the Buffalo, Boxley Valley is a great choice.


Lost Valley Trail Suitable for families, this is the most popular hiking trail in the Boxley Valley area and possibly in all of the Ozarks. Complete with bluffs, a cave, waterfalls, and tons of fauna and flora to look at, the Lost Valley Trail is 2.1 miles roundtrip. The Eden Falls trail, however, is not appropriate for children or people who are afraid of heights.

Smith Creek Preserve-Not for the faint of heart, this wilderness area is accessed through a 1-mile 500-foot descent hike down into a valley. It’s a very popular natural area but make sure you’re in good physical condition to take on the climb back out.

Glory Hole– If you’ve ever seen photos of a waterfall coming through the roof of a cave, you’ve seen photos of the Glory Hole. It was formed by water and the natural Karst topography of the area.


Boxley Valley Mill Pond– A popular spot for photographers, this pond is called home by lots of birds, including trumpeter swans. It’s very close to one of the most popular Elk rutting spots so you can easily get in a full afternoon of watching wildlife. Eagles usually start to show up for the winter after Thanksgiving.

Elk Rut– Pretty much anywhere in Boxley Valley is a good spot to see elk. They love to hang out along highway 43. You can check a local website dedicated to the elk rut for the latest information about where the elk are most seen this year. Keep in mind that the areas where elk tend to habit is private property and they often dart across the road. Drive slowly and respectfully. Be sure to visit the Elk Education Center while you’re visiting.

Historic Sites

Boxley Valley Church– The church at the beginning of this post is a historic church that’s been in the area for decades. It’s a fun place to visit to get an idea of what life was like in the Ozarks long ago. Many older buildings were used up until the 1950s, like this church. The top floor has since been renovated for a community center.

Villines Store– A stout stone building was the center of life well before the Buffalo River was bought by the National Park Service. Arkansas Life’s article on long-time residents gives you a good feel for what life was like before tourism took the Buffalo to a different direction. The Villines family were the original pioneers of the area and their old homestead is accessible too, via a short 1/2 trail from the low water bridge. The store is along the road on Hwy 43, north of the intersection with 21.

If you’re headed out to enjoy Boxley Valley, be sure to stop in at Uncle Sam’s and grab Arkansas guide books to tell you more about Boxley Valley. You can also stock up on whatever gear you need, healthy snacks, and outdoor clothing.


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