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Nice quick hike to with the added bonus of getting some All Trails points ;- ]
With: Donna Tomlinson and Matt Tomlinson

Short and sweet. Beautiful formation

It's a nice, easy stroll. The bluffs are all at one end of the trail so depending on the direction you go, you're either waiting to see bluffs or wondering if you'll see any more bluffs.

Great trail. Make sure you get a permit from the Crab Orchard visitor's center.

Time it to catch the sunset over looking the Mississippi River

1 month ago

Really enjoyed the trail. Beautiful

2 months ago

The scenery is not great probably because of the season - there are barely trees with leaves on. The trail is not hard. It took us 40-50 minutes to finish it. There wasn’t much to see except for some frozen waterfalls. I think it’d be better to go when it gets warmer.

3 months ago

Nice trail that is very well marked. A lot of the trail is just walking through the woods but when you reach the bluffs they are pretty impressive. The sandstone rock bluffs have very unique patterns in them. The waterfall was dry but pretty and I'm sure would be impressive as well if caught after a good rain.

Properly named trail as it was an amazing view at the top. Being able to see the swamp below and watch the train go by in the far distance and knowing how far that span was gives you perspective. I drove 5.5 hrs from Davenport Iowa to do this hike and photo snake road. Can’t imagine being on snake road during the peak of the migration.

4 months ago

Great view

Awesome trail but it was pretty tough with a 20 pound backpack. Lots of ups and downs. It may seem a lot harder to me because I am a beginner.

5 months ago

Rocky 2%+ average incline

It's a nice trail. I would consider it more of a moderate trail rather than easy.

9/21/2017. In places the trail wasn't cleared very well. The creek was nasty no lake where they got bluff have no idea . Just not interesting.

Fun trail!

Trail isn't clear about where you are and aren't supposed to go. We realized after a moment that we needed to go behind the large sign. However we then followed the trail behind that sign, which as it turns out, is the wrong way to go.

Still really beautiful, and the stuff we saw by going the wrong way was actually pretty cool too.

6 months ago

Beautiful views. Caves and nice rock formations.

Fantastic views

Easy enjoyable hike with pretty waterfall if you catch it after a good rainfall.

short but beautiful. take the time to look below too. great photo opts down there!

what a view. spiders not so much. great advice for the stick. it came in handy. whole trail is a beautiful walk top to bottom. if u do not want spiders then go to top entrance just to see the point.

6 months ago


6 months ago

This is a fun trail and Kid friendly - to an extent. It is NOT stroller friendly. There were many times we had to pick up the stroller and carry it over rocky, narrow areas of the trail.

Short hike but its pretty neat!

Beautiful view over the Big Muddy and Mississippi plain and the swampland below. Be careful on the loose gravel heading down to the point.

Nice little leg stretcher. Short, easy walk to great natural bridge.

Great view from the point. Unfortunately there is trash everywhere and rocks at the overlook are all spray painted. People are disgusting, literally the trash ranged from beer bottles to bloody feminine hygiene products.

Great view but there's always too many people.

A very easy trail that anybody can do. The bridge is awesome too.

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