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Great family friendly trail with lots of sights and activities packed into a short hike. Fun and beautiful.

beautiful hike especially during mid spring. If you plan to complete the entire trail dont forget water and possibly energy bars or snacks. Its a great hike and a great accomplishment

Nice easy hike. Good trail to start your hiking season on.

Very cool trail. As first time park goers we couldn't find the waterfalls, so definitely have a good map!

I love this place. Super short hike through the woods to beautiful rock formations and stunning views. Great place to explore and sit and enjoy the vistas.

backpacking
22 days ago

Me and a friend recently hiking the BHT on the hottest day of the summer so far and besides the heat and ridiculous amount of seed ticks, it was a pretty good hike. We hiked it in a day and a half, camping at Junction Camp overnight. The camp areas are well maintained and a lot of them include rock furniture. There are a couple of swimming holes that you can veer off the main trail to see that are a great way to stay cool. There's quite a bit of hiking up hill and down hill on loose rocks, some parts of the trails are better kept than others. From miles 8-11 it was very overgrown when we hiked, almost to the point where we had to guess where the trail was. This hike has some good overlooks, and rock overhangs to check out. I just suggest bringing plenty of water in the summer and covering up. It's not enough to just treat your clothes with tick repellant. Also lots of spier webs when we hiked but if it's a busy time of year then they should be cleared out you :)

hiking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful, scenic trail. We took lots of pictures of the surrounding mountainsides. Wish I could say I’d be back when the waterfall was flowing, but I came from out of state. We explored the campgrounds as well. I’d definitely recommend the park to anyone who loves camping and hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trails! Last time I was here in July of 2017, there was A LOT of spiders, so many I was nervous and decided to turn around. The other times I have gone, June 2015 and July 2016, not so many!

backpacking
1 month ago

Spent the weekend here at the beginning of June. The trail is clearly marked, but very overgrown and sometimes hard to see past the overgrowth. There's a beautiful campsite near a creek and one right past a dirt road. Plenty of camping spots near the waterfalls. It was strenuous. The climbs can be rough. A lot of loose rocks and larger rocks and roots. Wear very comfortable shoes that are water resistant. You have to cross some creeks.

Tough Trail but we really enjoyed it. It rained 2 days before we started so there were 2, shin high, water crossings before getting to Barkshed campsite the first night. You can filter water from those locations and also at Barkshed. Ticks we're in abundance! We lost count how many were on our bodies and inside our tent.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent quick trail with lots to offer. Tons of caves, rock walls, and with heavy rain apparently a waterfall (no rain lately so not present today). Trail was well marked and nearby several other trails.

It was fun! Family friendly and very beautiful. Sometimes the trail was hard to follow so I was thankful for this app’s map.

This trail was intense. Pretty difficult. I did it as an overnight. It has some very beautiful spots along the way but the rocky terrain chewed my feet up. Make you have good boots that fit well. Junction camp is not easy to find. Stay at rock hole. It’s nice there in the evening. I shared part of the creek that night with a beaver. He was chill, though. It’s pretty dry out there right now, which was a bummer. Looking forward to doing this trail again in the fall.

hiking
2 months ago

We loved it! A little difficult to navigate due to not being marked really well at certain starting points and turns, but getting turned around isn’t that big of a deal - we still saw everything.
Loved the caves (closed but cool to see), loved the low-temp crevices, and the rock formations were beautiful all over. A nice easy hike to start off the day.
We took this trail straight to the Yellow Rock Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful little trail, lots a of great photo ops, good first trail when you get to the park

2 months ago

Great trail, and easy to find. Trail is well maintained, and the views are fantastic!!!

We hiked from Boxley to Pruitt (roughly 37 miles) from June 6-9. It was hot and tick-filled but a great backpacking trip! The trail was a bit overgrown in some parts, but still pretty easy to navigate--a good amount of blazes helped! Lots of already established backcountry campsites. Sadly, campers before us did not do a good job practicing LNT principles :-(

Quite a few creek beds were dry but we were still able to find a good amount of water.

hiking
2 months ago

A good challenge and a nice payoff at the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Spectacular views and well traveled for good reason. Looking forward to going back.

backpacking
2 months ago

We did this as an overnight hike in october.
Started the hike from the walk in campsite in devils den and ended at the suspension bridge. Ran into a few large groups and two other couples. lots of ups and downs. very enjoyable hike although the heat and humidity on the first day was awful. lots of fun little stopping points at the beginning of the hike.

I’ve done it as a day hike and as a 3 day backpacking trek and both were enjoyable. The trail is well marked in most places, but you’ll probably miss a turn and a couple hundred yards to your total somewhere. Pretty in most areas, Quaill Valley is outright beautiful. Watch out for ticks and poison ivy though, they’re plentiful in summer months. The BHT is wonderfully rugged and not always close to water, so bring extra and/or a water filter or purifier of some kind. Cell service is blessedly limited as well, so be sure to fill out the required (free) permit at the ranger station before going.

For Boy Scouts, there is a trail patch available through the West Arkansas Council. See their website for details.

I’ve only done the Gunner Pool to Blanchard Springs section of this trail (and back in the same day) and it was something I’ll never forget! It was simply gorgeous and so varied, yet mild enough that we completed this trek in a day with one adult and 4 children (ages 10, 8, 6, 4). By the end we were all exhausted, in the best way possible, and had all taken turns carrying the 4 year old. Both campgrounds have toilets, but only Blanchard has showers and such. I can’t wait to take another bite out of this trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy trail. Great for families! Make sure your phone is charged so you can snap some beautiful photos!

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike that at a modest pace, even my 70yr old father in law was able to do. Ice box was especially interesting (and refreshing) on a hot day.

Good for backpacking trip but not normal hiking

hiking
2 months ago

Let me just start off by saying, the drive in is meant for people who have SUVs or trucks. We took my fiancé’s Camry and we almost got stuck. The drive down wasn’t too bad, but the drive back up the steep hill everyone mentions was rough. We got stuck about halfway up, started spinning out, so we had to back all the way back down. Luckily a guy with a tractor was coming through and dragged the road ahead of us so we could get some traction to get back up.

As far as the trail, we went early March of 2017, and it was kind of hard to find the trail head. There were some people making their way out when we got there, so we got lucky again. Once you make you way in, it opens up some. You come across a few four wheeler trails along the way. Crossing the creek was rough for us, since we were trying to keep our shoes dry and we didn’t have another pair, or any waterproof shoes. We walked barefoot across the creeks which hurt like a SOB on those rocks. Make sure you bring another pair of shoes to cross.

We made it about halfway through the trail, having crossed the creek about three times at this point. After talking to a few people who were on their way out, we decided to turn around. They all said the falls were dried up, and you have to cross the creek another 3-4 times. They also said it’s not that great compared to some of the other things you can see around the area. Tanyard loop is one of them, definitely worth the drive.

Not a terrible place if you’re trying to find something to do in the area. It’s pretty in most areas, and it’s not that difficult if you come prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

No shortage of beautiful and interesting stops on this hike, really enjoyed it, definite must-do hike when at Devil’s Den STate Park.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun, easy trail! Waterfalls were beautiful. Too bad the caves were closed.

The whole 23 miles is wonderful, absolutely one of the best Arkansas trails, and also one of the finest trails in the southeastern U.S. Six trailheads make it perfect for day trips or camping in Forest Service campgrounds, and backpack camping is allowed.

hiking
3 months ago

Kristen and I hiked this clockwise from suspension bridge 15 miles in exactly 6 hours. Including a wonderful stop at rock creek camp for lunch and feet in the water. Good hike. Some elevation change but not like Colorado. Saw 2 beautiful white tail deer. Many creeks and streams were running. We enjoyed seeing waterfalls and cliffs and mini caves. Lots of variation. Suspension bridge was a cool start. I would like to hike more in this area. Did see 1 large black snake at the beginning of hike but thankfully no others. Dogwood blooms were so lovely throughout the hike

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