Fern Gully Scenic Area Bushwhack

HARD 9 reviews
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Fern Gully Scenic Area Bushwhack is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ozark, AR that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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.

3.9 miles 643 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

rock climbing

whitewater kayaking

cave

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

scramble

Fern Gully is known for its rock cliffs that have become popular with rock climbers. In high water one waterfall called the Rocket Slide, is popular among kayakers. Though it is quite a bushwhack to get there. One can bushwhack a mile or do five. One can easily spend a day exploring. There is a small gravel parking lot at the trailhead. If you follow the bluff south a short distance you will find a bear crack to give you easy access to the valley floor.

hiking
9 days ago

Very beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

This place is an amazing. Although the trail is hard to follow, you can explore the area for hours, boulder hopping and climbing in and out of large rock crevices. Fascinating area!

11 months ago

Loved the hiking and exploring here. Had a difficult time finding the area based on the directions given by AllTrails. On the second attempt to find it I followed the GPS coordinates listed on a different site rather than following a private driveway. 35.6175 - 94.00593 will lead you to the correct route. After turning on the gravel road from AR215 it will be the 3rd jeep trail to the right, stay right at the "Y" to the campground area.

hiking
1 year ago

This is a fun area to explore. There are actually some established trails leading towards the Bear Crack and around the ridge line. We tried to find the Rocket Slide waterfall, but the water was very low. There is a rock cairn marking what we think was supposed to be the waterfall.

The general location was fairly easy to find. The turn off 215 is marked with a small rock cairn. When you get to the right turn to go to the parking area, the correct road is marked with orange ribbons tied around a couple of pine trees. There is an area with a picnic table where someone had set up a tent, and there were a couple of fire rings by the trails for other camping locations. The road down is a little rough, but someone had made it down in an Audi sedan with fancy wheels.

walking
1 year ago

i just walking 15 days here.. feel so bad

rock climbing
1 year ago

This is an outdoor gym if you like to climb. Great moderates and also a great list of classics up to 5.12 to tick off the list. Thanks to Jerry Barnett for bolting this place. If you've never been, it's a great place to spend the day hiking or climbing, then come back to the car and camp comfortably. Or you can trek into the wood for 20 miles if thats your style. Either way, Fern is definitely worth a visit. There is an alternate campsite down the road past the main site and across the creek if the main site is full. Beware of the Ivy in the summertime!!!!

1 year ago

Follow the All Trails directions if you want to trespass down a dead end road just south of your intended destination. If however, you to go to Fern Gully, continue on south from 1-40 along AR215 until you get to FR1544. Look for the ribbons, they mark the spot and will lead you to the Gully.

If you're hiking, this is a three-star spot and fun to explore. If you're a climber however, you'll likely award this popular climbing spot a star or two more. Worth a visit either way!

rock climbing
2 years ago

I climb here too. But I know it as fragel rock.

hiking
2 years ago

Fern Gully is a great area to bushwack down to the falls as you explorer great rock formations. Spend a day, you won't be disappointed.