Elk Creek Falls Trailhead and Picnic Area


A rainbow graces the majestic Elk Creek Falls

Just 50 miles east of Moscow, Idaho, visitors will find The Elk Creek Falls Recreation Area, home to the Elk Creek Falls National Recreation Trail, possessing the tallest waterfall in the state of Idaho. Three separate waterfalls totaling over 140 feet carve a beautiful canyon filled with mesmerizing columnar basaltic formations…with amenities such as restrooms, picnic tables, pedestal grills and trailhead information all accessible by a developed Forest Service trail… Elk Creek Falls awaits you!

Although there are no camping facilities at the Elk Creek Falls Recreation Area, developed Forest Service camping can be found close by at Elk Creek Campground, near Elk River, ID (fees apply and reservations of six of the sites can be made by visiting Elk Creek on Recreation.gov.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Site is accessible during daylight hours only.
Fees No Fee.
Open Season: May
Closest Towns: Elk River, Idaho is just 2 miles away.
Water: no drinking water is provided
Restroom: 1 accessible vault toilet
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Palouse Ranger District, 208-875-1131

General Information


From Moscow, Idaho, travel east on Hwy. 8, passing through Troy, Deary and Bovill.  Approximately 11 miles past the town of Bovill will be signs for Elk Creek Falls Recreation Area.  Turn right on FS Road 1452 (gravel road), in a couple of miles road leads to the recreation area parking lot.


Restrooms and picnic facilities are accessible.  Portions of trail system are accessible to those with mobility impairments.

General Notes:


Think safety:  The trail accessing the Lower Falls is relatively steep.  Be sure to take adequate water and rest periodically on the benches provided for you along the trail.

Recreation Map

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