Moonshiners Cave Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Fork, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike downhill for about half of a mile and stay to your left. You'll see a clearing on your right. Look for that "V" tree.If you accidentally miss the clearing, you'll almost immediately see a bluffline on your left. If you see this you've gone too far. Walk to the back of the clearing and you'll notice you're standing on a bluffline so be careful here! Your actually standing above the cave. There's a trail to your right leading down. After a good rain there will be a waterfall right next to the cave.
Hiked all the way down to the river got some scratches and bruises but damn I feel alive awesome hike.
Walked right by the cave on the way down the mountain. Trail is not marked. Ended up at the river at bottom. lol probably should have looked at the map.
This was definitely worth checking out if you find the right trail. My friend and I had trouble finding the start of the trail, and I don't think we were the only ones. There was a small trail next to where we parked that we thought was the trailhead. We followed it down the slope for maybe a half mile, and it completely disappeared. Thankfully, we had the GPS map and we picked our way through the trees until we found the real trail. It lead to a interesting "cave" that is half built by man, with a small waterfall next to it. Absolutely beautiful. We followed the trail back up and it spit out to the left of the gravel where we parked.
Neat little side trail, but a bit treacherous - lots of loose rocks covered by a thick layer of leaves. It's fine, just take a little extra care. The directions above make it very easy to find the cave, which is neat. And there's a little trickle of a waterfall right next to it. Definitely add this to your itinerary if you're in the area.
good little trek. pay attention to trail. little washed out but worth the hike down. awesome place
Great short hike but pay attention to the area-stop at first open area-look for rock arrow on ground-shows you where path to cave is
worth the hike
nice short hike.
I can't believe I have never been to this little neat place before. There is a parking area right across the road from the Devils Den sign, right as you are about to enter the park. Park there and walk in the direction of the park, and the trail will be about 50 yards up on the same side of the road where you parked. it is a little hard to find, but there is an opening in the woods. This trail is not marked at all. As you walk down hill to get to the cave (which its not really a cave, more of an over hanging of the bluff), you will see a couple of trails that branch out to the right. You will need to stay to the left until you reach an opening in the woods. It will be a little cleared out area. At this point you are actually standing on top of the cave. You will then take the little trail off to the right and circle down below the bluff.
A very neat area with a small waterfall if there is water. If only the walls could talk!
The hike out is all up hill, and with a lot of loose rock. Well worth the short hike to see this hidden moonshiners hideout.
The mileage listed for this trail is way off. Not even a mile round-trip on this hike. I recorded it at .8
The trail is only about .8 tenth of a mile. The trail most of those below are doing is a section of the Butterfield trail.
The trailhead is a little east of where the Butterfield trail crosses the highway
Fun trail however we used the wrong approach for what we wanted. Following this app we parked along the trailhead and later discovered despite the reviews that this IS a 7.5 mile hike not a 1-2mile hike like the reviews suggest. Lots of scenery and water along the trail we liked and tons and tons of mushrooms blooming due to the rain. Make sure you find the appropriate trailhead. We had our 4 year old with us and had to turn around without seeing the cave or waterfall.
It was a good little uphill hike. Everything was good until a snake the size oft Texas was laying on the trail!!! Was still neat. We just didn't get to go as far as planned. Maybe next time as long as ice cube comes with us to fight off the anaconda!!
LOL! I came here to leave a trail rating and just noticed that someone used my blog post about our hike here to write the description! :) This is a really neat place! Besides the steep climb out this is a fairly easy trail...about a mile roundtrip. Our 4 and 7 year old boys did great besides some hand holding on the rocky downhill going in.
Great find. It's not, however, a 7.5 mile hike. Did not record it, but most sources say a mile round trip. It's steep and rocky but worth the effort.