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5 hours ago

It was definitely a moderate trail (return is mostly uphill) that anyone with basic fitness could do! A beautiful lookout atop of Goat Rock for a little snack before heading back up.

Lots of cool sites along this trail. Grotto is a must, really nice area.

Excellent view! The drive up to the cliff may take around 20-25 because the gravel road.

hiking
5 days ago

Wonderful hiking place. On the way to Whitaker point, there are lot of view spots.

Fun hike, can get behind the waterfall if careful

hiking
9 days ago

Really nice trail. The half mile round trip spur to the grotto is worth it. Signage is good enough to follow. Lots to look at on the trail, although the rocks can be a little treacherous when they get wet. Probably great colors in fall. Parking is limited, but wasn't an issue on a Saturday morning in December.

Beautiful hike and wonderful waterfalls

Lunch looking over the Buffalo. The price for the view is paid on the way out. It was not busy at all today and had the bluff to ourselves for lunch. Be sure to stop in at BOC in Ponca..

My absolute favorite. The view was amazing. The road was rough wish we had a 4 wheel drive would hate to even think of trying it after a rain. Once you reach the parking area you will be glad you came

hiking
11 days ago

Great trail, the stones were like a maze in and out here and there. It was fun.

I’m going to echo what Destiny said about the drive up to the trailhead. I did not expect the drive there and back to be so difficult on my car. It is narrow, there are no lights and the incline is high. After that drive, I’m now thinking about buying a Toyota 4Runner. I rated it a 3 because of the drive. Unfortunately although the views are amazing, I don’t think I’ll come back because of the drive. Past that, it is a very easy hike. We hiked Hemmed-in-Hollow right before Whitaker Point. It was nice. It took us 1.5 hours RT. We stopped to take pictures, of course. It is a very easy trail to follow. No complaints. Amazing views.

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday. Goal was to hike to HIH, but we ended up hiking to the river instead. Missed the last “To Falls” sign on a tree (which is probably about 0.5 miles away from HIH) and instead saw the “To River” sign. So I’ll say keep your eyes open for the “To Falls” sign on a tree to your left once you pass the “0.7 miles to falls” post. We saw the sign on our way back up but wanted to get back as we had another trail to hike before dark. We were the only ones on the trail the entire time we were there. It was nice, quiet and peaceful. The hike back up gives your thighs a good burn (also didn’t help that I had leg day the day before). In total it took us about 3 hours RT. We stopped to take pictures a few times and also spent about 10 minutes at the river.

hiking
12 days ago

Took the .5 mile trail from Mathers Lodge to Bear Cave Trail. Easy to navigate. Interesting rock formations
that you can scurry up on if your relatively nimble. Good easy trail for kids and adults alike.

hiking
13 days ago

Little late on getting this review up, old age. This hike can be heavily trafficked at times due partially to its relative proximity to the Fayetteville/Bentonville area and because it offers some great hiking. It offers a great view from the overlook. It was very busy the day we hiked but there was plenty of room to sit and have lunch at the overlook.

My 1st hike and it was AMAZING!!!! A must see and you will return.

Easily the best view of any hike I’ve been on in Arkansas. Amazing! Once you get to what you think is the view, keep going, it only gets better. It took us 2 1/2 hours total. Mainly uphill all the way back but if you’re in good shape it shouldn’t be a problem. I don’t recommend taking little kids. Too dangerous. I am terrified of heights and had to force myself to walk across the big bluff. It was so worth it. And the juniper trees look like works of art. Unbelievable view.

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail with big cliff and good views.

Another one of my favorite trails in Arkansas. The initial incline is tough for little legs and those out of shape ( I definitely felt it whew) but it’s over quick and the rest of the trek is easy peasy. The big pay off is the lookout. Be sure to go a little farther past the lookout to get yet another near view. My 8 year old handled it like a pro. Side note. I had cell signal the entire top of the trail which is nice for emergencies. Only realized it bc a coworker called me while we were out . Look out for snakes in the ravine and switchbacks during warm weather. We saw a copperhead.

One of my favorite hikes within a 4 hour radius. It’s amazing. Easy for kids, easy for adults, the switchbacks heading back out of the ravine towards the parking lot can be rough on the littles and the out of shape but there are just a couple so it’s not a big deal. I would definitely not want to be out there after dark, so watch your clock during the winter months and leave enough time to get back to car. Several creek crossings, a waterfall, lots of opportunity for kids to scramble, and incredibly views once you hit the bluff line. The edge is sheer once you pass the waterfall so I don’t know if I would bring kids unless they can mind very well. My 8 year old did ok but he’s used to it. An incredible view of the ozarks. It will be a yearly trip now. One thing to note. The drive up was horrendous in my civic. Next time I will be borrowing a 4x4. Incredibly steep county road. Made the 11% graded highway look flat. Happy trails !

had a freaking big cat try to eat me!!
I've hiked this and floated to here many times. but I've never hiked at night intell my last hike.
be careful out there!!!

on Cedar Falls Trail

hiking
15 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous! The fall leaves just added to the beauty, but also made the trail a little slick! Fun adventure during training.

Great view, continued onto other trails

Got to trailhead right at sunrise. Five cars all ready there. First mile just a walk in the woods. Next half mile had cliffs to look off, quite a few rocks to get unique photos. The crag was cool..got some great pics..although at sunrise there is quite a glare. Nice area , but we had driven 1.5 hours to get there...wouldn't do that again...just not enough character. 2 hour hike...3 hour drive all together..

The West summit isn't as hard as the East Summit, but it is still just as much fun.

hiking
16 days ago

We did this hike in the August heat. It was crowded, but still a great hike! The waterfall was well worth it!

Go as early as you can! The falls are so peaceful alone and the sunlight at around 10:30a was beautiful on the waterfall. We saw several groups backpacking in on our way back up but had the falls to ourselves and had lunch in the fall basin. The trail is absolutely difficult but totally worth it. The fall/winter is probably the time to go if you want a drier hike. Overall very positive experience. But the hike up kicked our butts! We’ll probably try again in the spring to experience the green and water crossing.

A well maintained trail suitable for all ages! Incredible weather for November made for a wonderful hike today.

Loved it! Easy hike. Kids had a great time!

Loved it.

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked this today with my wife and our 5-year-old granddaughter. Pretty tough 5 mile hike (4.5 if you don't take the Grotto spur, but you gotta take that spur!) for a little one. She was fine the first half, but then got pretty cranky. I ended up carrying her about a mile and that made it far more difficult for me. We took lunch and found a nice spot to eat just off the trail. Saw several such places. No really steep climbs, just a lot of up and down over not-so-easy footing. Still really enjoyable. The natural bridge was beautiful, and the waterfall at the Grotto was too. We'll definitely be back.

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