A rocky, but good trail. The complaints about it "not being fun because it's all woods for the most part" is ridiculous. If you're going to hike, you should expect to be hiking in woods to get there.. Enjoy nature!
There IS a parking spot on the side of the PowerHouse RD. You do NOT have to drive through the campgrounds and hope for a place to park. I asked the office at the campground and they told me about the parking spot on powerhouse rd. When the road splits off (left goes to the campground and right stays on powerhouse rd), keep on going (right) and you'll come across the parking space on your left.
The trail itself is great, I really enjoyed it! It took me awhile to find and I had to go to the visitor center and ask because the coordinates on this are currently incorrect. The REAL location of this trail is here (http://imgur.com/LJxPXuJ)
If you're IN Bull Shoals, drive across the dam (towards Lakeview) and around the bend. Immediately after the bend is a park on your left. I recommend passing the first turn off on your left and going to the second one. Immediately when you turn into the park, there will be a sign and a parking place for the Lakeside Trail.
Coming towards Bull Shoals from Lake View.. right before Bull Shoals there will be a park on your right, take the first turn off into the park and you'll be at the trail.
Shame at the person who put the location incorrectly on here, it made for mass confusion for me.
eric s. on Big Bluff Trail
Nice trail easy to follow good view from bluffs
Angie S. on Big Bluff Trail
Good hike. Trees down from ice storm in 2010. Peaceful. Some inclined areas.
This trail is a pretty easy hike. If you're looking for a great view, I would hike to the overlook and then turn around. However if you're wanting to enjoy the beautiful Arkansas State Parks its a great place to spend your time. It is not uncommon to see a bald eagle or two. Also, if you go you should make the trip across the dam and go explore the beautiful James A. Gaston Visitor Center! Then take a walk through the Bull Shoals White River State Park!
The overlook from the bluff to the White River is fairly close to the beginning of this trail. It was the best part of the trail. The rest is just forest and not too exciting. This trail has the most fallen trees I've ever seen on a trail. Not sure if it is due to the rocky land not being able to hold the roots as well? There are also tiny cedar trees popping up all along this trail. We didn't see anyone else on the trail, and it was a nice afternoon so not sure how much the trail gets used. It can be a little confusing as to where the trailhead is because the sign leads you to a field, and the trailhead is to the right after you first enter the field rather than across the field. If you are just looking to hike for some exercise while camping out, this trail will work as it is right near the campground, but don't expect anything too awesome out of this trail.
This is a great little trail if you are looking to get some nice views of the lake. The day I went was a clear, sunny day, and the water was calm so I got some gorgeous photos. We also saw deer coming up from the bushes near the water. This trail is also not very busy, which is good since there really isn't much parking to speak of at the trailhead. My only complaint is that you have to walk through some taller weeds on part of the trail as you get closer to the lake view, and I ended up with a bunch of seed ticks inside my socks. Highly recommend using insect repellent if you are going in warm weather.