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Loved it!!! Drove down for a day trip and saw this #1 on “All Trails” and trip advisor. Definitely should be the top trail you do first in the Ozarks. With a really moderately easy hike, the pay off is completely worth it! It’s a little slip in places but only 1.25 miles or so there which will pass by so quickly. The view and pictures are amazing. Bring a little water as it gets humid but I didn’t have any bugs. Later in the day had less crowds but roads getting in are a bit poor and there’s no cell phone reception much of the way there so plan it out first, grab a map, or set up your gps before your in the canyon valley and know your way in and out back to town so if it’s getting dark your not lost. Definitely worth it! Easy enough for beginners as long as they’re careful on rocks, still would wear hiking shoes but people were out there in sandals managing. Thanks Arkansas!

amazing few. deffiniately not an easy trail. take your time, bring lots of water, and maybe an extra bottle for someone already ng the way

We fit this nice n easy, wide trail in between rain storms. Shared the trail with maybe a dozen deer. With this trail, it’s easy to walk to the highest point in Arkansas.

hiking
8 days ago

I’ve done this trail many times good work out for the legs

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful scenery, good workout with some elevation changes. Very rocky, be sure to wear shoes with good tread, especially if it has recently rained. My favorite trail at Petit Jean so far. Went on a Friday afternoon in August (very humid, obviously, but not too crazy hot as it is very shaded), didn’t see any other people at all.

hiking
11 days ago

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.

Enjoyed the trail though it was a little disappointing to not have any views from the top. I would have a map as their are multiple entry points for this trail. Enjoyed the self guided tour of the trail. Still trying to figure out why there is a water meter in the middle of the woods on the trail....the things that make you go hmmm. Overall nice easy trail.

hiking
12 days ago

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
13 days ago

Beautiful trail, there are several loops for all skill levels. Take the bottom trail to the falls, you can easily walk right up to the bottom of it.

hiking
15 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
15 days ago

Beautiful trail.Very easy, yet enjoyable for all skill levels. I did this after a pretty heavy downpour and the trail wasn't slick or dangerous. Great trail for the summer when you want to jump in the water for a quick cool down then hop right back on the trail and keep going.

hiking
18 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.

YES!!! This hike is a must!!! We did this hike with our 4 sons ages 6-11. They did fine. Pack water and good hiking shoes. Check out the pictures! I would suggest stopping at the cemetery on you drive in. The Whitaker’s are buried there. Kinda cool. They lived in he 1830’s.

hiking
23 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.

Summit trail is relatively short, like 2/3 a mile to the top. It’s mostly dirt and gravel, a little steep but not bad. The very top has some moderate climbing, I followed one of the crevices to the top, beautiful view. I recommend the first crevice to the left once you’re at the top. There are others to the right, but they are harder to climb.

The view is like none other! Can’t wait to come back with more family members and friends!

loved the area, it would have been better in spring or fall but still beautiful. parking for this area is horrible, I rode a motorcycle there and it was difficult to get out of. a low car would also have trouble.

Such a beautiful view from the crag- definitely one of this most peaceful and amazing places I have ever been. There are no restrooms near the trail head, so make sure you use them before you head to the trail. The drive to the trail head is VERY steep and on a narrow dirt road, so be on the lookout for other cars on your way up & down. Fairly easy hike, with a few steeper hills. We went on a weekday morning at 9:00 and there was no one on the trail!

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

An beautiful trail that is easy enough to take the whole family on.

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

Awesome hike! A little rocky along the way but overall a good trail. Read the reviews and watch for markers as it looks like some may have gone off the path. Saw many kids and older adults hiking and also dogs. The views are so worth it when you get to the top. Make sure your phone or camera is ready!

Beautiful! Very easy trail can access many other trails

On 7/14/18, I hiked the trail starting at the Ponca put-in (b/c a cool dip in the river was to be the reward for an expected onerous hike). Nice trail until I reached where the BRT crosses private land. I lost the trail and attempted to re-connect for 30+ minutes. No luck, so I returned and continued on the BRT to Steel Creek. Really nice trail! Then I returned for a refreshing dip. Look forward to hiking the BRT from Ponca to Pruitt (in various day hikes). And doing the ORT.

I absolutely loved this trail. The view is absolutely spectacular and worth the short hike it takes to get there.

I would advise you to wear hiking boots, though. The entire trail is loose/upright rocks that’ll surely trip you up.

Also, keep a close eye out for little orange triangles, they indicate the main trail and keep you on track. There are plenty of little side trails people have created that can confuse you when you get closer to the cliff.

hiking
1 month ago

Should be the 8th wonder of the world!

Great short trail! LOVED the waterfall! Got a lot of close up pictures and the water was so clean and cold!

Amazing trail! Surprisingly we didn’t get lost and we thought we would.. just make sure you follow the markers on the trees. It’s a really steep hill going down at first and of course really steep going back up but when you get to the top it is AWESOME!

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

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