Indian Rock House Self-guided Nature Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Indian Rock House Self-guided Nature Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellville, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

2.8 miles 547 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

no dogs

The Indian Rock House is a loop trail that winds across hillsides and along a beautiful stream to the spectacular Indian Rockhouse Cave, which once sheltered prehistoric bluff-dwelling Native Americans (there are no "ruins" at the site). It then returns to the trail head passing the CCC rock quarry, used to build the park buildings.

8 days ago

20 days ago

The best hike in the buffalo river area. It was amazing. I recommend this one

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful trails I have ever experienced. While this is listed as a moderately strenuous trail, my children aged 11 and 6 were able to hike the entire thing with no trouble. We like to make many stops, though, to take in everything around us and take pictures, so the entire hike took us about 4-5 hours. We could easily have taken more time - there is so much to see!
When we went, the waterfall was at low water and the creek was not running in most places, and the adventure was still fun and scenic. The small cave was a nice cool-off on an 85-degree day, and the large cave was breathtaking. The fall colors were beautiful.
The way out is steep, and the very last twenty or so steps of the "switchbacks" is a tough scramble on loose soil. You'll get your cardio! On the way down, the trail has lots of large, loose stones, so I would recommend hiking boots or shoes with good ankle support.
I can hardly wait to hike this again when the water is running high.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Has sum great views especially overlook trail on the other side but indian house is beautiful and fun to explore its quite n easy trail either way especially if ya take it slow n stay on trail

2 months ago

Water falls! Dog friendly! Caves! So much to look at!
Only down fall was there was so many spiders.

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is a cool place to see a lot of things. The cave, the old quarry, the old abandoned zinc mine, just to name a few. The scenery is great year around.

hiking
5 months ago

We loved this trail. Exploring the caves was fun and more than we expected them to be. We saw three types of salamander among other interesting creatures. The river isn't far away so enjoyed cooling off in the water once we were finished hiking. Great hike, will be coming back for more. Highly recommend.

6 months ago

Great hike!

6 months ago

This was a great place to hike, our family had a really great time

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Took about 2.5 hrs while taking in the sights as well. Should be fun to do on a hot day since the temp in Rockhouse cave drops significantly. Trail is very shaded. Saw very few people while out.

hiking
7 months ago

This is about the best trail I've ever been on. I loved the area around the Indian Rock house, the waterfall. Saw only a couple people on the trail but I am sure its crowded in summer. We went weekday May2. Will wait till fall to go again. Sign said no dogs but we took them anyway. Also walked the other trails in park.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved it.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Your going to need a particular set of skills for this trail!

7 months ago

Trail is really scenic and well worth the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

It's a beautiful hike . Very well maintained. But I would have to say this is NOT an EASY trail!!!! I would rate this moderate.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing hike! Going in we went to
The right as the trail guide suggests. You will actually not notice the left if you're not looking for it. You descend down the mountain and at the base is a water fall it had a small amount of water running at the time. Then you follow Panther creek all the way to a cave in your left that's not the Indian Rockhouse though it's just a cool cave. Keep going you'll see signs for the Rockhouse it's amazing !!!! We hiked up to it explored the cave itself and then had lunch in it. It was cool and inviting after the hike to it. After being well rested we hiked out and up the other side of the loop which isn't as scenically breathtaking and is a good uphill hike. It was worth the effort though I'll definitely go again maybe In the fall