Lost Valley Trail

MODERATE 158 reviews
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Lost Valley Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ponca, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles 252 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

cave

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

no dogs

Lost Valley Campground is located near Ponca, southwest of Harrison, Arkansas. The trail is accessible year-round. The trails is 2.4 miles round trip. Best done in late fall or early spring for a more spectacular look at the water falls. Trail is very scenic, rated easy Note this area is heavily visited on the weekends. Best visited during the week if you want a little solitude. Trail ranges from crushed rock to natural services. The most scenic area of the trail is more demanding but worth it.


1 day ago

hiking

I love this trail for many reasons. The first mile or so of the trail is a very accessible trail for anyone. Lots of rocks to climb around on on the way to Eden Falls, which is really pretty when iced over in the winter. At the top of the falls is a cave. You have to jump over the rushing water to the other side of the cave, where you can start making your way back to the waterfall that comes out of the ceiling in the cave. There are normally little hats along the walls of the cave. Bring flash lights or head lamps. You need to be agile to get through some tight spaces, but it doesn't take but a couple minutes to weave your way back.


3 days ago

hiking

Very easy trail, but it's hard to beat. Cascading waterfalls, tunnels, mountain overhangs, and a cave with a waterfall inside. Flashlights are a must.


6 days ago

hiking

Loved it!! Great hike! So beautiful!


11 days ago

pretty F'n rad!!


29 days ago

hiking

Nice trail. Very well kept. Was carrying a two year old so it got a little harder. Wouldn't be too bad otherwise.


1 month ago

hiking

Great little trail. Love climbing the rocks and through the creek bed. Awesome little waterfall inside Eden Falls Cave. Well worth the crawl!


1 month ago

Would have been better if the falls were flowing. Very easy hike, Eden's cave is a must bring a flashlight if you want to see through.


1 month ago

Wonderful hike. Lots of beautiful scenery


1 month ago

hiking

Love Lost Valley. Go off the path and explore the creek bed, which is usually mostly dry. And bring flashlights to explore the caves. Fun times.


1 month ago

Very scenic with some caves to climb into.


1 month ago

hiking

Great views, caves are fantastic


1 month ago

hiking

Well maintained trail, and it was a easy hike that has some great hidden treasures at the end like the water fall and cave


2 months ago

hiking

I have hiked this trail at least ten times and it is still one of my favorite day hike trails. It also has a bathroom and picnic area by the parking lot.


2 months ago

hiking

It was a fun and relaxing hike. Falls were beautiful


2 months ago


2 months ago

hiking

Worth to visit once, there wasn't much of water at this time, however t scenery is awesome.. Loved the cave falls..


2 months ago

hiking

Nice trail with interesting things to see.


2 months ago

hiking

Lost Valley Trail is a very special place. This trail is one of the most beautiful that I have had the pleasure to hike so far in Arkansas. I, my wife, and my six-year-old son hiked Lost Valley Trail on Memorial Day Weekend (Sunday) in 2016. There were lots of cars in the parking lot at the trailhead (which, by the way, includes a bathroom). Once we got out on the trail we didn’t see as many people as expected by the looks of the parking lot.

Overall, this is a very nice, scenic trail. The first half or so of the trail is hard packed rock and is very easy to hike. The second half becomes rockier and includes several CCC-style steps and even some formed concrete steps up to the waterfall. Even though the trail is heavily used, it is very clean – I didn’t see any trash on the trail. Eden Falls was flowing and was spectacular. The little swimming hole by the spring was full of people enjoying the cool water. We didn’t go too far into the cave due to the crowd that was exploring inside.

We loved this trail. I highly recommend it anyone wanting to see the true splendor of this state!


2 months ago

hiking

such a beautiful scene. the waterfalls and caves were amazing. make sure you get off the trail to see some cool stuff!


2 months ago

hiking

Yes, make sure to bring a headlamp (per person) - and check the batteries! There's a neat little room to the left of the cave, but don't be fooled--make sure to go far back on the right side to get to the room with the waterfall. It's a tight squeeze but I went with a rather large friend and I think anybody can get back there. There's one point halfway to the back of the cave you have to crawl to get back to a standing position (on the other hand, you could crawl under the short headspace the whole way to the backroom but I don't recommend it)... you'll know when you're there! Just keep going! Eden Falls is beautiful as well, and make sure you walk up into that first waterfall you get to and cross through the natural bridge to the other side - more fun that way!