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hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this clockwise from winding stairs last week with my brother and his son. What we loved about the trail: there was a lovely stream along the trail at almost every point along the way, the campsites were plentiful and well-maintained, there were beautiful wildflowers blooming, and for the most part the All Trails app was incredibly helpful. Some downsides: the trail is pretty poorly marked, the peaks are below tree line (so no rewarding views after the pretty challenging climbs), the footing is tricky in multiple areas due to small sharp loose rocks. It was a great workout and we had a great time. We chose it after scratching our plans to hike in NC due to less chance of rain. None of us had cell signal for the three days we were on the trail, but that is a plus to me. We hiked Sunday to Tuesday, only seeing three people early Sunday, and no one else the rest of our hike. Loved getting to cool off in the stream at the end of each day, and grateful for the - very basic but functional - showers in the bathrooms at the entrance to Alber Pike Park.

Very fun and warm afternoon. The hike is mostly shaded with a very well maintained and well marked trail. The trail is moderate but may be hard for anyone with knee issues as a lot of the trail consists of rock making a staircase.
The trail starts at Mather Lodge, we parked in the parking lot, used the nice bathrooms in the lodge and then started the hike. We did take an offshoot trail marked bear caves which extended the hike a bit. It took us one hour to get to the falls and back. There are nice rocks by the falls to have a picnic or rest for awhile.
We didn’t see any snakes but when we got back to the trailhead a woman spotted a snake and screamed, we were happy to be done with the trail at that point.

very easy trail, mostly sidewalk, then when you get to the falls you can climb over rocks and get right up to it, there's a really nice cool breeze on a hot summer day.

hiking
10 days ago

I wouldn't call it a hike because all 0.2 miles of the path is on wooden planks but the waterfall is really gorgeous. Definitely worth checking out and getting in the water for a quick cool down.

hiking
13 days ago

I drove down from Memphis in hopes of getting close to the waterfall. I was led to a trail start that overlooked a valley where I could only hear the waterfall, but there was no visible way down to get close to the fall. I heard what sounded like people below who were possibly hiking to the fall, but no one seemed to know how to get to where they were. I was quite disappointed. I saved up and planned for this trip and saw nothing related to a waterfall.

My husband and I hiked this loop in two days. We got the summits knocked out the first day. The 5th summit is by far the hardest depending on which direction you start. If you have the time you should camp out on top of one of the mountains. They each have a campsite set up and the views are amazing (and the only part of the entire loop where you get some cell service). We hiked the first part of August and there was always a great breeze....never too hot. The Little Missouri trail had some areas we got turned around and was not marked very well but beautiful views. You definitely need water shoes!! Make sure you have great shoes...the majority of the trail is over rocks so your feet will be sore! Beautiful hike and highly recommend

hiking
15 days ago

Nice little piece of nature in the city. There are a lot of crisscrossing trails, not a lot of signage so it's easy to get on the wrong path. The northern section of the trail and park are much quieter and denser vegetation. The southern trail is used as a mountain biking trail as well. Lots of loose rocks, so careful to avoid a twisted ankle or spill. As always in Arkansas, check for ticks afterward.

hiking
18 days ago

I did this hike with my 11yr old son and we really enjoyed it. The trail is nice and shaded for the most part. The highlight is obviously the waterfall and even though it wasn't gushing, it was still beautiful. We spent some time just enjoying that area and taking pics before returning. Be prepared to scramble over some large rocks if you want to get closer to the waterfall. The return is steep at the end as you travel up several switch backs to get back to the lodge where the trail begins. It was steep but not that bad for us. I think we stopped maybe once for a drink of water. I could see it being more troublesome for people with knee or other joint issues. The hike took us a total of 1.5 hours including time hanging out at the waterfall. Great hike and I would love to return sometime after some rain.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice trail marked very well. scenic views and cool caves. creek and waterfall was dry due to lack of rain though. Will return in fall for fall colors. Gradual inclines but still a great workout!

It was very grown up so we couldn’t finish. It was be disappointing. I had hiked it before and it was great but even the little benches along the way were rotted out.

hiking
26 days ago

Moderately easy trail. Some spots the trail is overgrown and gets narrow. Would recommend bug spray to keep the ticks off in the overgrown areas. We jumped on the Cabin Trail from the gift shop back to the trailhead.

29 days ago

Less traffic than Cedar Falls. We swam in the Blue Hole to cool off (it was a hot day) then took the BSA Trail to Seven Hollows Trail to BSA Trail back to the lodge to make a loop. The scenery on part of the BSA became monotonous and it was hotter than the Canyon Trail, with no wildlife to be heard/seen (rugged country). There were really cool canyons and rock formations from Seven Hollows trail back to the lodge. We did a side trip at Bear Cave Trail too which was really nice.

As everyone said. The waterfall is gorgeous. The stairs back up are brutal.

The cave was super relaxing. You can access this trail from the boy scout loop

beautiful and challenging. well worth the trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Man, what a snoozer. The drive alone was considered the hike.

The “falls” were barely dripping water when my friend and I got there; there were spiderwebs that had to be knocked down every step; and the “waterfalls” were dinkier than any other.

Save yourself the gas and the maintenance your car may need after the drive, it’s definitely not worth it.

Great view of waterfall! The walk down is easy. However, on the trip back up the last part will get your heart pumping!

A nice, long walk right next to downtown Little Rock. Critters and birds galor, My only wish would be a little more shade and an added water bubbler or two. Do bring water with, there are a couple on the path but they're spread out if you're just going for a casual walk and are from more northern climes like myself. All in all, time well spent and a great project to enjoy the riverfront.

hiking
1 month ago

There were numerous spots where we had to cross streams. At one point near the end, we were staring across a river at the spot where the trail continued... on the other side.

This is not a easy trail at all so please don't bring kids and/or pets on this trail! If you walk across the creek it can be slippery on the rocks and can easily hurt yourself as well. There is a trail along the creek but it can be dangerous as it's not wide and at times is close to a 100ft drop. When you do get to the Eye of the Needle there are ropes to climb to help climb up and do use them because if you lose your balance it's not good. Other than the dangers this is a hike that's worth it! Hiked with a friend and we enjoyed all the views that the trail offers!

Made this hike solo on 6/30/18. The most recent rain was 3-4 days prior so the creek bed was fairly dry and it was possible to stay on it without getting too wet. Make no mistake, this is a strenuous hike. Even in the peak of summer there are pools of water that leave the rocks slippery and there are sections that require mild acrobatics to climb. There are some beautiful views and wildlife on the creek bed path. At the end of the creek bed there is a cave which is easy enough to climb up to but I did not enter - there is a sign posted about the bats suffering from White Nose. Close to it there are two ropes that can be used to climb further on to the Eye of the Needle. I did not do so as I did not think it would be worth the risk of injury, and I would definitely recommend taking a partner if you plan on scaling the rope climbs - the nearest help could be 1.5-2 mi of rough terrain away. Took me about 4.5 hrs with multiple stops just to sit and observe the surroundings on the way. Overall, this is a great hike. The physical challenge just adds to the feeling of accomplishment at the end.

walking
1 month ago

It was a Very Beautiful short walk in.. With wild raspberries growing beside the trail.... best part was the water fall .. worst part was the road in and out is Very Steep at the end ... so a 4×4 is a must!

So freaking amazing!!

My 2nd time here and it’s always beautiful !!!!!

backpacking
1 month ago

A beautiful loop plenty of water great camping spots! If it your first time dont underestimate this trail it’s a tough one. I am definitely doing it again!!

Great experience

backpacking
2 months ago

The reviews of this trail range wildly. But if you go no further than these two sentences the take home is that it’s not that difficult and the stream crossing are easy.

I went at the beginning of June and while it got warm in the afternoon most of the hike is shaded anyway so it didn’t matter much. I started at the trail head Little Missouri/Athens Fork junction at 8:00am. I hiked counter clockwise so I did the ridges first. While they weren’t easy the only one that’s challenging is Brush Heap.

First night I camped alongside the creek on the eastern portion (about 11.6 Miles from my start) of the Viles Branch Horse Trail. Arrived around 3:00pm.

I was going to camp a second night but the remaining sections of the trail were very straightforward and easy. I did lose the trail a couple of times at two of the stream crossings but found it quickly. I ended up hiking through this last day. Started at 9am and was back at the Missouri/Athens Fork trail head around 4:00pm.

backpacking
2 months ago

The reviews of this trail range wildly. But if you go no further than these two sentences the take home is that it’s not that difficult and the stream crossing are easy.

I went at the beginning of June and while it got warm in the afternoon most of the hike is shaded anyway so it didn’t matter much. I started at the trail head Little Missouri/Athens Fork junction at 8:00am. I hiked counter clockwise so I did the ridges first. While they weren’t easy the only one that’s challenging is Brush Heap.

First night I camped alongside the creek on the eastern portion (about 11.6 Miles from my start) of the Viles Branch Horse Trail. Arrived around 3:00pm.

I was going to camp a second night but the remaining sections of the trail were very straightforward and easy. I did lose the trail a couple of times at two of the stream crossings but found it quickly. I ended up hiking through this last day. Started at 9am and was back at the Missouri/Athens Fork trail head around 4:00pm.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail head looks like a closed logging road not a trail head, i didnt know i was on an actual trail until i could hear the waterfall, the trail itself is dismal, unmaintained, and over grown in many sections. As a result i was picking ticks off the entire way. The waterfall itself was decent but not worth the hike

So. Many. Chiggers. And the safety cable across the top of the falls is down. It’s beautiful up there, but a fall would be lethal. The bottom of the falls is nice as well, but several unruly scouts were tossed rocks of the top creating an unsafe environment. I spoke with them, gently at the top of my lungs and from the look on their faces when we met on the trail shortly afterwards, I believe they got the message. Camp Orr is, I believe making repairs to the trail soon. Not sure why it’s called Triple Falls Trail here in the app, there were only 2 on the day I was there, one a mere trickle. Sign at the trailhead calls it Twin Falls.

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