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Eliza K. on Glory Hole Waterfall Trail
Not a very good hike at the end of October as there was no water
The trail is well-marked by white blazes, and seems to enjoy a lot of use. We saw one other couple hiking, a few bikers, and saw evidence of horses. That said, the trail is not abused. It's well-maintained, and we saw absolutely zero trash. Note that your dog is welcome to accompany you, provided s/he is leashed.
This isn't a feature-rich hike, though there's a nice view of the creek, and what is probably, in winter, a spectacular look at the valley. It's more a long, pleasant, meandering walk in the woods with a wide variety of plant and animal life to enjoy.
If you start the hike from the Townsend trailhead (check the recordings here or the park service website, not the official map above), the hike ends up being almost exactly 7 miles from the parking lot. This trailhead is also where you'd start for the Clifty Creek and Piney Ridge trails. The signage is excellent, don't worry about getting to and staying on the trail you want.
Did this trail yesterday. Disappointed no falls no water at all maybe bad time of year but what was the most disappointing is the trails are poorly make and you will get lost if you don't stay on the main trail. Ran into other people that were also lost and they had a GPS that said we were on the trail but there was not trail at all. Had to hike up the side of a hill through the woods to relocate trail.
Nice hike, plan on crowds though, everyone knows about it and this time of the year, it's a little over packed with people. If you go in the spring, less crowded. and early. But so worth the hike and the views of the colors and the rock formations. Great hike! Was easy but slight climb the last quarter mile out.
Best views in Arkansas to me. I have done this one before and would do again next weekend. Downhill to the bluff, make sure to turn right when you get to the crossroad to the bluff. the signs aren't always visible. We opted to go straight all the way across the bluff, to the other side, and followed a trail down to the river below. Moderated climb out but worth the views of the creek from below. Coming out of the goat trail up the horse road is pretty tiring. Take your time and make it a challenge and just know the pics are so worth it.!
This was my first hiking experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took my 17 yo son and 5 month old dog and it was perfect. Not too long and so much to see and explore. Be careful for the drop offs. If you don't pay attention, you can fall several feet off the side. That's probably why they want dogs on a leash. This trail was perfect for us beginners. I'm hooked.