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.
dogs on leash
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.
Nice hike, plan on crowds though, everyone knows about it and this time of the year, it's a little over packed with people. If you go in the spring, less crowded. and early. But so worth the hike and the views of the colors and the rock formations. Great hike! Was easy but slight climb the last quarter mile out.
This was my first hiking experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took my 17 yo son and 5 month old dog and it was perfect. Not too long and so much to see and explore. Be careful for the drop offs. If you don't pay attention, you can fall several feet off the side. That's probably why they want dogs on a leash. This trail was perfect for us beginners. I'm hooked.
The hike is okay but the view at the end is worth it. A must do in the area.
A breathtaking view all along the bluff side of the trail! I won't lie, taking my children with me on this one was fun, but very stressful. There are many places where a misstep will lead to certain death. The bluffs have lots of holes and crevices making them very fun to play/climb on, but with much caution. My son was five when we hiked this trail, and I had him on a kid leash (which he hated). This is a very easy hike with one steep valley and a beautiful little creek. We did lose the trail returning, and upon topping a steep hill, came out on another road (not the one with the trailhead where we parked). That was a bit unnerving, but we eventually found our way to the car.
Great hike but not for small kids or people unsteady on their feet. Vista was beautiful!!
Trail was great. We carried our kids, and it was easy. Very busy. I wanted to go on the crag and take in the views from the edge but people were picnicking on the crag and there was no room to even walk on it. We waited for almost 45 mins to walk on the crag and get a photo but nobody got up or was finished with their lunch. It was pretty terrible. Crag looked pretty from afar, but too many people.
Absolutely beautiful scenery. Let the Crag's edge take your breath away. Take in the view...it is so worth the effort! Bring your hammock, if you like, and rest close by the Crag :-).
Not too difficult. Views are amazing. Worth the hike.
Loved the views. Refreshing.
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.
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.
Awesome walk and views!!!
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!
Great hike and amazing area! Would rate it on the easier side of moderate with a well maintained trail. It can get busy though.
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.
One of the most iconic overlooks in the area! Amazing anytime of the year!