Redding/Spy Rock Loop Trail

HARD 19 reviews
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Redding/Spy Rock Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. 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.

7.4 miles 1258 feet Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

Trailhead is located on the NE corner of the Redding campground.

hiking
22 days ago

If you follow Ernst's suggestion, and start your hike from the campground, know three things: 1. There is a $3 day-use fee (I had to pay in charge from my car's cup holder!) it's on the honor system; 2. The trailhead is directly across from the restrooms. If I'd not stopped to ask the ranger where the trail started, I would have found it that way, but 3. you can also walk out on the road you came in on, cross the highway, and start the hike there (West Loop), which was his suggestion, and the way I went.

Beautiful trail, and certainly not difficult. At this time of year, the path is often obscured by a thick carpet of leaves, but the frequent blue blazes will keep you on track. There's signage at all major points, and you shouldn't have any trouble getting out and back. The view from Spy Rock was incredible today, and there will be more amazing views during the winter. Both waterfalls were dry, but judging by other blogs and the pics here, they are worth making a trip back for.

Take the quick-ish drive to the Oark General Store in Ozone! It's the longest continually operating store around, and they serve a very nice BLT, as well as an array of gorgeous house-made pies. The staff makes you feel welcome; it's a great place to fuel up after your hike.

30 days ago

Great trail. This is not a hard trail! Easy to moderate at best. High point was waking up to the view off spy rock!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike, with amazing views. Would love to go back and camp.

hiking
6 months ago

I did the loop, spent at least an hour at spy rock and never saw another person.

hiking
7 months ago

I love this loop but it's not hard, should be moderate. You'll be alone for most of the trail but people can drive almost all the way to Spy Rock so you'll probably have a little company there.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

A long loop with few people done in the the winter. Might be best to start off the highway and go counter clockwise.

9 months ago

Good hike through the woods. Wet weather would provide a couple of water falls. Agree with earlier comment moderate level when hiking the west loop.

10 months ago

Great trail for a half day hike. I would not agree that it is rated as hard. I would consider it moderate, at least in the clock wise direction

hiking
1 year ago

This is a nice loop (probably my favorite) with modest elevation changes that isn't to strenuous (I consider it Moderate). The trail is well marked with blue blazes and offers a nice view from Spy Rock.

hiking
1 year ago

whoever took those pictures sucks donkey balls. no one wants to see you bitch!

hiking
2 years ago

I wasn't overly impressed with the view from Spy Rock. Nice enough valley view, but I was probably a week or two early for really nice fall colors. Overall the hike is nice, but for the length, a more grand ending would have been nice.

hiking
2 years ago

camping
2 years ago

Went here with my girlfriend for Valentine's day this year. It was amazing! We were the only two up there and you can see for miles and if you catch a good sunset your going to fall in love with the trail. The hike was long, but totally worth it.

2 years ago

Beautiful waterfalls and many streams after the rain this past weekend. The pine forest rivals any around. Add the views from the bluffs and this makes one amazing hike. Strongly recommend.

hiking
2 years ago

On the loop trail we came across a 4' timber rattlesnake using the trail as well. So while you are enjoying the views keep your eyes on path.

2 years ago

Redding Loop to Spy Rock is a glorious hike! Ironically though, I suspect the the real treasures of this trail are as easily overlooked at the Spanish treasure that legend holds is buried here.

To begin with, you'd be missing out if you skipped the Redding Loop and simply drove to Spy Rock. From start to finish, it's a beautiful trail with pretty views that winds through pine forests and past several waterfalls. You'll find the trailhead marked in blue across the street from Redding Road that leads to the campground.

Once at Spy Rock, you'd be mistaken to think the main attraction is the overlook. Nope! The view from below is even more dramatic. Climb down and you'll find a cool rock shelter. Further down and you'll see that the face of Spy Rock is brightly colored with yellow, orange and red stains. Gorgeous! Shutterbugs, there's more than a few good shots for you down below! The scramble back to the top along the boulders is akin to an adult jungle gym and the geology is really unique. Fun!

8 miles from start to finish and even more if you explore past the overlook, there's more than enough here to make for a full day's adventure. Enjoy!

hiking
2 years ago

The view from Spy Rock is fantastic. Lots of color on the trees when I hiked it. I took the lower trail in and there were a fair amount of ofthers on the trail. I made the mistake of going out during hunting season and had to be aware of the camps and hunters burning up time by shooting randomly in hillsides. You cross a highway at the trailhead and then another dirt road on the loop back which had several ATV's running on it.