Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sand Gap, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Take Arkansas 7 to Pelsor, turn east on Arkansas 16 and go 6 miles. The scenic area is located on the south side of the highway.
We loved the small caves under the trail! It is short enough that you will want to go on the other trail that is next to this one. The 2 of the trails together made for a great hike with beautiful waterfalls.
I've been spoiled by usually being the only person on a trail on any day at any location. Imagine my shock and dismay when we pulled into a FULL parking lot at Pedestal Rocks scenic area! If you venture out here on a weekend, prepare yourself for noisy kids, women reeking of perfume, and shenanigans in the parking lot. But don't let this deter you because Pedestal Rocks is an amazing area.
The trail is easy to follow and not at all difficult. The views are breath-taking. Definitely take the opportunity to check out the base of the bluff. There are some fantastic caves and other rock features that should not be missed.
For all the warnings in Ernst's book and elsewhere regarding danger! everywhere! this area is perfectly safe for dogs and children, provided they are accompanied by a reasonably alert adult.
An easy trail with a lot of great views. Be careful if you take the kids because there are lots of places to fall if they're not careful.
great trail to the overlooks.
This is my kids' favorite hike. Lots of variety to see along the way.
Trail is narrow and the views are impressive, it's not the best views in the area.
Great views, but the trail was very narrow, so snakes were a concern. Did like how we were the only ones on the trails, but spider webs were everywhere because of that. Like I said though, great views!
Loved this trail! So much to see on one trail from caves to waterfalls to wildlife! Even saw some bear tracks!!
Amazing views of caves, waterfalls, and mountains. So fun with dogs!
Very easy trail. The trees were just beginning to bud, but we have already made plans to come back later in the spring to see them in all their glory. The rock formations and bluff lines were spectacular. We spent a long time exploring all the different formations and could have spent much longer.
Very easy loop trail through the woods to a bluff line where the pedestal rocks are located. There are numerous rock formations to explore, and it would have been possible to spend the entire afternoon doing just that. The views of the surrounding Ozark Mountains are stunning as well.
Beautiful trail on a perfect day. Not too strenuous. Short, but fun.
Easy loop trail to unique rock formations and caves. We saw a well-camouflaged brown snake on the trail, so stay alert!
Great adventure trail to have some fun exploring and see unique rock formations. Excellent hike when added to King's Bluff loop.
I did this with my daughter and her dog the day before Thanksgiving. Saw a few folks on the trail, but had the pedestal area all to ourselves the whole time we were there. Beautiful area! It has been about a dozen years since I last did this hike, and I had forgotten how nice the area is. Plan on going down below the bluff edge and exploring the caves and rocks. You will not be disappointed!
Landscape was bland since we missed all the leaves but the views were outstanding!
Outstanding short 2.2 mi loop trail! Relatively flat and great views along the bluffs. Gorgeous on a fall color day.
Easy trail with some steeper portions. Trail is narrow at portions and overgrown with brush. Bug spray is probably recommended. Beautiful views, but probably not great for small children.