Cecil Cove Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, AR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is a 7.4 mile scenic trail that crosses Cecil creek several times, has bluffs, historic homsteads, and old cemetery.
Long and not that good
Have hiked this several times in all seasons. There are several things to see on this trail. If time allows, I suggest taking the spur trails to Thunder Canyon Falls, Broadwater, and Paige Falls.
Had a nice hike here today, but I'm not sure if we were on exactly the right trail because it was an out and back as far as we could tell. We found an old cabin belonging to the US parks department and that's where the trail seemed to end. Anybody know where it loops back? It was a really pretty hike regardless.
We took the family on this trail on a beautiful February weekend. We're trying to make it to the Bluff view but got a little turned around. Then we ran into some hikers that knew the area somewhat well. They told us about the beautiful waterfall to the left at the T in the trail hiking up to that point was super easy but even in drier weather getting back to the waterfall was rather dicey very slippery in some spots. still very worth the trip. We plan to go back to do the whole loop eventually.
Love this trail. The trail along the creek bed crossing can be a bit hard to find.
This was a good little loop. I would recommend going when there is plenty of water (it's pretty boring without water) and grab a camping spot early in the day. All the good spots fill up fast.
Hiked up to Thunder Canyon Falls. Descent trail the whole way. The falls were awesome. Cecil Creek crossings were tricky if you want to keep your shoes dry.
We hiked Paige Falls to Thunder Falls, off the Cecil Creek Loop. Amazing beautiful! The trail that branched off to the falls was pretty hard, but totally worth it. 4-12-15
A weekend on the buffalo. After hiking Indian creek Saturday morning 8/30/14 went to old erby church hiked down to the farmer farm sted then hiked up Cecil creek to cavers camp an spent the night one of my favorite camp sites in this park. Sunday morning 8/31/14 hiked up broad water hollow before taken the bench trail back to erby church. It was a perfect weekend. A bit warm for backpacking but I love the buffalo !!! This is a great trail for a low mileage overnight trip.
May we will be doing part of the Goat Overlook down to Farmers and then up and around cecil cove loop. I am looking for a gps or a gpx track of the loop. Anyone have one they would share.
I have hiked back to thundering canyon falls several times on this loop but never did the entire loop before. The cavers camp is really cool as well.
There's quite a bit of damage that's been done to the trail during the ice storms this past winter (fallen trees, loose rocks, etc), which slowed us down quite a bit and made some of the navigating difficult. There are also parts of the trail that aren't clearly marked and can be confusing. Besides that, there are many interesting stops along the way like old homesteads, cemeteries, and the old Earby Church. There are also a few great campsites along the creek. Be very cautious of the the road getting there however, I made it down in a Taurus, but I would have been much more comfortable in something with 4 wheel drive as the road is steep and rocky and also suffered damage from the ice storms.
Nice trail with several creek crossings. Lots of awesome caves. The rock wall is very neat. There is one camping spot with several rock chairs, looks awesome. This trail should have a lot more signs, because of all the intersections with other trails.
A great trail with views from the bluffs. Very interesting history with the stone wall, several old homesteads and a small cemetery. Also, a beaver pond shortly after you start out. Getting to the trailhead on unmaintained roads can be challenging especially if there has been rain or snow. I hiked mid Jan with exceptional weather. Well worth the trip.
It is a very cool trail. The trail is beaten up from horse riders. The trail has a lot of forks and its kinda had to stay on main trail. Many different waterfalls and caves.
We backpacked down to the creek and camped at cavers camp. The trail down was muddy and horse beaten, so I ended up bushwhacking off to the side. It much easier. The wildflowers were blooming and very pretty. Mud Cave is very cool, but did not enter due to white nose syndrome. The cavers camp was awesome with the stone chairs. The creek was running and we got to cool off in it. I will definitely go back.
My favorite easy backpacking trip! You can add on all kinds of stuff to this hike as it intersects other trails.
This was a fun trail. Due to low rain fall there was no running water along the trail. There were several times the trail crosses the creek making for wet boots had the water been flowing and impassible had the water been high. With the water down there were many opportunities to adventure up dry mountain creek beds. The foliage was think reducing the vistas to narrow glimpses through the trees. Also make sure u bring lots of bug spray there were raging hordes of mosquitos and flies that followed us everywhere. All in all though a great trip!