White Rock Creek Falls Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ozark, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.
dogs on leash
The trail descends steadily for about 2 miles until you get to White Rock Creek, crossing Forest Road 1003 on the way (this is probably the road you drove up to get to White Rock). The area around the creek has many features. First, the trail will cross the creek twice in 0.2 miles and your crossings can be wet if the water is up. Second, there are lots of flat areas for camping just as you reach the first crossing and on the other side. There is a grotto up the creek before the first crossing that has a high but small waterfall (probably dry in the summer). Last, but not least, is the water fall between the two crossings. It is high volume with a large pool and can be seen from either side of the creek.
A really nice hike especially after some substantial rainfall. It's worth noting that the mileage listed represents the hike in and back. Don't give up on it, it's a long 2.8 miles in and I met a couple of ppl on the way out that needed some reassurance that they still had some track left to get there. Also the trail will lead directly to the falls. Moderate is a good rating for this trail unless you haven't hiked much and are somewhat out of shape. If this is you, then it will be moderately hard hike.
First, some "business" details: Clicking the directions link here will not take you to the trailhead. I'm guessing it takes you somewhere near the White Rock Cabins.
Using your map app to get to Shores Lake Recreation Area will get you where you need to go. There are some dirt roads, and the paved road into the recreation area is in bad shape in some spots, be warned. The camping area will be off to the right. There's a sign indicating the trail is that way. Follow the road a little ways into the camping area and you can park right next to the trailhead.
If you decide to park in the recreation area (this is easiest), there is a $3 day use fee (honor system). The restrooms are well-maintained!
If, for whatever reason, you need/want to avoid the fee, there are other places to park. I'd suggest an old road that goes off to the left. It's uphill after you pass the camping area, just before a really sharp turn. The trail crosses the road right here.
The good stuff: the trail is GREAT. There are rocky areas, trees to scramble over, bluffs, springs, the pretty little creek with lots of picturesque pools, and the waterfalls (just the main one had any water today). The scenery can't be beat.
The trail is pretty well-traveled - we passed three other groups - but it's a bit out of the way, so I doubt it's ever over-crowded. There's some steepish up/down, and the trail is a bit narrow at points, but it's mostly easy hiking. I'd say "moderate" is a good rating.
These are wet weather falls most of the year. So best viewed in the spring or fall. Have done this a couple of times. A great hike. Much to do in the area. Can camp at the falls. The trail is part of the Shore lake west trail, It is shorter, you can do out and back if you don't have time to do the whole Shore Lake West trail.