Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag)

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Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag) is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, AR that features a waterfall 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.

2.7 miles 364 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

The trail's destination is the "Crag", a rock formation that juts out from the bluff's face that resembles a hawk's beak. It overlooks Whitaker Creek and a huge valley stretching for a long distance. but this is not all, in the spring and fall rainy season you can discover a number of waterfalls.

3 days ago

Not too difficult. Views are amazing. Worth the hike.

walking
7 days ago

Loved the views. Refreshing.

hiking
8 days ago

Driving out to the trailhead is a little bumpy and narrow on dirt roads. Great trail with a great view. Loved the rock formation behind the "Crag" as well. Pretty easy hike.

hiking
16 days ago

need a 4x4 or a high clearance car. we didn't know and showed up with a regular car. it's a scary ride. views were gorgeous. easy end of moderate. lots of the trail near the crag were near shear drops so best to keep a watchful eye. lovely rock formations.

18 days ago

Awesome walk and views!!!

19 days ago

An excellent hike with a breath taking view on Whitaker's Point. I've hiked the trail in both low traffic and high traffic. High traffic volumes occur on the weekends/or holidays (Labor Day/Memorial Day). Low traffic occurs mostly through the weekdays.

If you like to hike/camp with your dog, they are welcome on this trail as well. Bring plenty of water for them, because I watched many people having to carry their smaller dogs on the way back!

23 days ago

Beautiful trail.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike and amazing area! Would rate it on the easier side of moderate with a well maintained trail. It can get busy though.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most photographed places. It's very busy on weekends. The road up to the trailhead is very rough and extremely steep for the first part. I don't recommend going up in a low clearance vehicle. Do an SUV if you can. There are no signs for the road up to it, so ask the nice people at Ponca General Store for directions. The trail is not difficult at all. Account for at least 30 minutes to get to the main parking lot when you turn off onto the dirt/gravel road from the hwy. enjoy the views and DONT get close to the edge.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most iconic overlooks in the area! Amazing anytime of the year!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't miss the trailhead and walk 3 miles up a dirt road before realizing (like I did the first time, oops!), this is an awesome little hike! The trail itself is great for beginners but also enjoyable for the experienced and the views are amazing. I'll be back again and again!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Highly recommend this hike it's not at all very long and it's a moderate trail. I do think that when you arrive at the trail head they need to move their board across the road next to the big rock that actually marks the start of the trail.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great view! Wanted to catch the sunrise but that didn't happen because the direction we found online had us lost for 2hrs:( Other than that decent hike to Hawksbill!!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is beautiful anytime of the year. The bluff area can be dangerous, be cautious around the bluff with children. One of the best and most famous view of the Ozarks

hiking
1 month ago

The view was worth it, easy hike but not very pretty until you get to the end. Rough terrain to drive to get there though!

hiking
2 months ago

Just got back from this hike. Wasn't to difficult of terrain, but the heat and humidity made it tiring. Make sure you bring a good amount of water even though it is a relatively short hike. The beginning is pretty boring, but once you get to the edge of the mountain there are a ton of rocks you can hang out at and take in the gorgeous view. I went on a Saturday and got out there at 6am with no one out there. Around 7:30 people started rolling in and by the time we started to head back around 10ish there were 6-7 families all walking around the main rock. A few couples told us they got lost, but I'm not sure how. The trail is pretty straight forward, the only difficulty I had was finding the very beginning... It's next to a giant rock (confusingly, the trail starts on the other side of the street to where bulletin-boards are posted talking about the trail). The drive also wasn't bad at all, maybe because it hasn't rained in a while? It is a dirt road, but definitely not as bumpy as some people made it out to be. Overall the hike is short, with a beautiful ending... Highly recommend

hiking
2 months ago