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Super awesome. Gorgeous. Exciting. Dream like.

This trail is super easy to follow. The view is breathtaking! You think it ends but it doesn’t! It’s about a 6mile bike there and back.

I come here often one of my favorite trails in Arkansas. The top of the trail on the dirt road is pretty and easily walked with a few good over looks. The trail down to the waterfall is rather hard but worth it!

January is a great time to go. We passed only four hikers.

Great views, great hike! Not a ideal hike if you’re afraid of heights like me!

Beautiful hike. Will do this one again. Only a couple steep areas and a few water crossings after rains.

So much nature...scenic views, difficult trek but so worth it! It was a bit muddy today but the dogs enjoyed this more than the creek!

Awesome trail amazing views

This trail was the high light of our weekend, the hawksbill crag at the end was well worth the walk and the views are simple breathtaking, BUT there are some minor set backs, there was probably 40 - 60 cars in the parking lot which meant the trail was gonna be busy, so kinda crowded for when we went, also the county road into the trailhead is nearly 6 miles of very steep gravel road, please don't have any trouble with your brakes on your vehicle because it could lead to an interesting ride down on the way out, all and all great trail and worth the drive

walking
10 days ago

Great walk for the whole family, well maintained path with little elevation change during the loop. There is a $3.00 fee per vehicle. There's a small general store and a well maintained bathroom. There are a lot of tall cliffs if you plan on taking small children, but even still if you can keep them close by I think it will be fine. Great place to watch the Sun come up and set.

The two bluff trails are pretty unique as far I know and the scenery even on a rainy winter day is great. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

Hiked to the end of the Goat Trail today with hubby and 3 kids (14, 8, and 6). Yes, it could be dangerous if you don’t watch your children, but be responsible and stay safe. I certainly wouldn’t say “not for kids.” Maybe not all kids, but if you have an active family,it’s worth the effort. Everyone enjoyed the hike and the views at the end of Goat Trail. The hike out is uphill as all the reviews state, but I’d rather hike uphill than down, so I prefer it this way. Giving it 4 stars because there are some places that are really muddy, and there isn’t a lot to look at the first couple of miles. We walked to the trailhead from our cabin, so we went close to 7 miles total. Even the 6 year old said it was worth it!

Great trail! We got a lot of cool photos, explored the underneath cliffs, and enjoyed the weather. The trail is very wet so bring shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.

Says it’s closed, but if you park at the part where the road is closed it’s a .4 mile walk to the trailhead, and the trail is smooth sailing. Worth it for the view!

Beautiful place great views I wish they had a trail to lead to the other waterfall you see in the other side but other then that an amazing place

Definitely a no kids hike. First 3/4 of trail is just a pretty walk down into a steep ravine. You come to a clearing , veer to the right then follow a counter clockwise trail around an outcropping onto the bluff face. The down hill is moderately challenging due to very uneven terrain. I went after a rain and it was extremely muddy. Essentially the trail is one giant drainage feature. Very fun, very messy. Wear sturdy boots with good ankle support. The actual bluff is stunning, I was the second car in the parking lot and had the area to myself for a memorable lunch hanging on the ledge. I could see where it would be challenging for people afraid of heights. The way back is by far the most difficult part of the hike. It’s 2.5 miles straight back up the ravine. I am a little chubby and had to stop frequently for heart rate breaks. Was it worth it ? Will I do it again? Hell yeah! By far the best view in Arkansas. Definitely beats yellow rock and the Craig. The area is amazing and am currently planning a backpacking trip around hemmed in hollow. Pace yourself , pack some water , wear sturdy shoes, and make some memories while getting In some cardio!!!

Beautiful view when you finally get down to the goat trail.

hiking
24 days ago

My dad and I love taking a "mental health day" and drive into the countryside near White Rock, often ending up there and going for the loop hike. Good views, good shelters for picnics, good hidden destination when fleeing from the bulk of civilization.

Lost Valley is temporarily closed for construction til first of March 2019. check Buffalo River's website before going.

Probably the best short dayhike in the Ozarks. Pretty easy with a rewarding view at the end. The road going up is no joke though. Surprised how rough the road is for how popular the crag is.

Pretty EZ hike with amazing Ozark views. There’s a long dirt road to get to this hike, but it’s nothing too hard to get up. That’s part of the fun. The hike starts out downhill first, so that the hardest part on the return. The trail was a little tricky to follow because you come to 1 or 2 crossroads.

Great trail with great views! Have to watch for the markings to get to the second waterfall, but overall an easy trail!

1 month ago

Breathtaking trail!

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

walking
1 month ago

Went their dec 5 was a good hammock day to be in the trees with a beautiful view.

hiking
1 month ago

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

The attached map does not show you the bushwacking route to get to the different waterfalls. The waterfalls are nice. im sure there is any easier way to get to all the landmark sites. I would allow yourself plenty of time to find your way to all the waterfalls and to finish the loop. It's a rugged good time if you dont know your way around.

Great short hike with two amazing caves and two great waterfalls. Can’t beat it for a short easy hike!

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

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