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

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.


6 days ago

hiking

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.


8 days ago

hiking

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


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19 days 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.


20 days 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!!


29 days ago

hiking

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!


1 month ago

hiking

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


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

The view is worth it. Hike is moderate, the camping must be 300ft of the trail, lot of work to clear a spot. Lots of activity at the point.


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike, has some spots that can be dangerous if you don't take the trail serious. The crag is breathtaking! The road getting to the trailhead is a nightmare but it's doable. All in all it's an amazing trail with amazing views. If you bring dogs please keep them on leash.


2 months ago

hiking

Good hike with a fantastic view at the end. Warning the drive to the trail head requires you to drive up steeply graded dirt road, our small sedan made, but if your brakes are old you might not want to risk it.


2 months ago

Hiked here back in Mid-May. It was a great short hike, with a rewarding overlook at the crag. What you should know about getting up to the trail head is the road leading up to it. It's pretty rugged, so either take an SUV or have a vehicle with a decent clearance so you don't scrape your car's bottom.


2 months ago

hiking

It was a beautiful Hike! A little strenuous but worth it. Amazing views!!!


2 months ago

Definitely worthy of the hype it gets. The hike is nice and the views along the bluffs are amazing. And when the Crag comes into sight... WOW! Does get crowded and it can be hard to get a pic of the Crag without others on it. Worth the hike, though.


2 months ago

Beautiful view.


2 months ago

hiking

absolutely loved the Craig. such an easy hike for an amazing view. this is a great place for beginners!


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3 months ago

hiking

Easy hiking and beautiful views. Once you arrive towards the end of the trail, you feel as if you are on top of the world as you are standing on the giant rocks above the valley below.