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Great trail to escape and hike with the pups! Very good trail with plenty of room to walk 3-dogs wide. Trail is great because you get a good deal of variety. You get a mix of rocky (large and small), wooded terrain, and then some nice views of the lake on top of the bluffs.
Its not going to challenge you and get your heart rate up very high, but its a decent workout if you keep a good pace.

This trail can we a lot of fun, its easy to see it as a boring place but you need to explore and find all of the swimming holes.. ;)

even camping at a camp site and hiking to the rivers and ponds is worth the trip. Check out some of our videos here. https://youtu.be/6wEVmrBTh1M

Nice place about 2hrs away from NOLA. Took the family here for my birthday. Kids loved it, but said they’d rather go hike back in Colorado. Lol We arrived around 8:30am and we left about 3.5-4hrs later it was packed.

I am training for a marathon and thought to use this as my 18 mile run since I am visiting for the weekend. I only saw about 4 miles of trail which was completely muddy from rain so I ran on the busy road. I can imagine it is a pretty drive but I don’t think this should be listed on here.

almost like a moonscape in places around what i hope are controlled burn spots.

Great for the family. My kids are 6/8 and we spent the day bouldering.

10 days ago

One of my favorite trails in Arkansas. We started at Cripple Turkey on December 1st and ended at Allison on December 2. A lot of waterfalls and bluff outcroppings. I would definitely do this one again. The scenery was amazing.

11 days ago

i branched out recently this year to hike locally near my hometown in South MS because i no longer had as much opportunity to visited the smoky mountains, and CRAVED a good hike. Clark Creek fulfilled every bit of that craving and then some ! i had so grateful that this place exists. it is absolutely gorgeous and seems to grow each time i go. i always discover something new and i can never get tired of it. such a wonderful place !!

i have visited Clark Creek on 4 separate occasions. it is one of my absolute favorite places to hike !! the improved trail is very open and well-directed while still keeping the full natural, woodland feel. i have never had a bad experience at Clark Creek and each time i’ve discovered another waterfall !! there is SO much opportunity and plenty of options for those of us who prefer a rugged, “off-road” adventure. i do not, however, recommend taking young children. it is strenuous in many places and would be better for a young adult & anyone who aspires to maintain their physical fitness !!

13 days ago

Great hike. First time on this trail. Marked great!!
Super day.

14 days ago

This trail was beautiful! Very short and to the point, but definitely worth the time. It takes you right up to the Guadalupe River and has many spots to actually touch the water as well if you’d like. There are also picnic benches for people to use. Super pretty and easy for anyone interested!

14 days ago

Little jog up to the highpoint. No view of course, but plenty of views from the roadside parking area.

on Sawmill Hiking Trail

14 days ago

Forest Service is showing signs of their meager appropriations. Nice trail, but needs some maintenance. Aldridge sawmill has been tainted with graffiti.

Very rocky

Perfect fall hike. Don’t miss seeing Monkey Rock

Love coming here. We came back and brought the grand baby and she loved it too! Very nice and clean place

16 days ago

It was a breathtaking view to climb up the rock and look out over the water.

16 days ago

It was a nice short walk to the trail from parking. The sugar bowl wasn’t easy to spot. Once you find it you can see sitting there at it is a beautiful view of the river.

The campground here an parking was a very clean an nice place. The hike to the falls was easy as soon as you figured out where to begin. They are doing some logging above the trails an the flagging is for them. Park an walk towards camping spot 14 and you will be at the beginning of the trail.

Great hike. Lots of loose rocks though.

Excellent family hike with kids. If it's hot, there's a great swimming hole.

18 days ago

I expected more out of this one. I hiked this trail in July while visiting Austin. The old homestead buildings were interesting. but the falls were underwhelming. They were nearly dry when I visited, and there was litter everywhere, especially around the swimming hole. I'm sad to say that the human footprint kind of ruined this experience for me.

As other reviews have mentioned, the first couple of miles up the mountain are fairly challenging. this trail is also not well marked but it visible throughout if you pay attention. for most of the way up the mountain there was fairly good cellphone reception. the views were absolutely amazing! we missed the water falls as the trail turns back to the caney trail east. we started this trail around noon and got to the junction of caney trail around 3. the hike back is easy, but it is longer than expected and crosses the creek several times. the caney creek trailhead is also not well marked, it's a blank board. Overall this trail is demanding at 11 miles and took about 6 hours to complete. It definitely is worth the views and terrains.

Really enjoyed this trip - hard to decide how to rate on difficulty though - easy roads most of it, but there are the creeks (I fell 3 times!) and it was really slippery getting to Big Creek Cave Falls...all of us there at the time (4) slipped down the hill a little. It's worth getting close, but be extra careful.

21 days ago

Wide chat trail to an overlook of the river. Steps lead down from the overlook to the river where there are several beautiful rock formations. Very busy trail but worth braving the crowds.

This loop trail is rocky in parts but leads to a couple of nice views of the river valley and then an overlook deck for a small waterfall. There are some nice rock formations along the way. The map on this app is outdated as a portion of the trail on the app is no longer in use and will lead you through a campsite if you follow it. Just stay on the clearly worn trail and you’ll be fine.

21 days ago

great trail. challenging for a little bit, but overall not too difficult. weather in November was beautiful. we did the east trail for 4.5 miles. very very rocky so good shoes/boots are needed. feet get wet at times. good overlook views in two spots. ranger people were all very friendly. get their early for parking space.

Really easy hike for kids and when you get to the end of the loop, you can climb down onto some amazing rock formations and even to the beach. It’s great for exploring. If you go down to this area, you’ll need to help and keep an eye on kids. There are places where you could easily slip. I also almost stepped on a snake in the rocks. Whew!
If the weather is nice, you could spend hours here.

23 days ago

The scenery was wonderful. Well worth the time to explore, but be aware there are no real signs that show the loop or where the trails are at. It was fun to sort of make our own though.

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