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Very scenic. Pretty well marked over all. Watch out for 1.4 miles one-way off shoot in the NW corner

Lmao what a joke. Yes a good trail for this part of the country, but THE DRAMA of inexperienced hikers/reviewers. I get it, not everyone has climbed a mountain or even done a 14er. But the clamorous reviews of some group needing to come down because of a little rain and thinking they were about to die...really ridiculous.

Fairly easy hike, can be done in 1 day, more fun in 2.

4 stars because it’s the best you’ll get down there. -1 for the drama, but if this was in any other part of the country...it would be 1 Star. Btw there is some wildlife, no bears but “little bears” that may get into your pack. So pack smart!

Beautiful hike and wonderful waterfalls

hiking
7 days ago

Water was flowing good after last nights storm. Limited parking and a guy with a horse trailer parked in such a manner that he took up the whole parking area. We were able to park about 25 yards down along the tree line. This is a short easy walk but what a payoff!! The gravel road down was not an issue. I have an AWD Ford Edge but watched a car make it as well so shouldn’t be an issue for anyone.

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..

Road in there was a straight downhill wouldn’t want to travel it after a rain you would have a horrible time. The parking area and trail was very clean and it was very close to walk to the falls.

Difficult but worth it.

hiking
11 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.

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.

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.

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.

backpacking
13 days ago

Amazing hike with amazing views. We did the hike in 2.5 days

This trail follows the water which is amazing. We started from the Big Agnes North Trail in a clockwise direction. This means the higher elevations are completed last. There are a few places where the trail markings are lacking. Several hikers have tied ribbons marking the trail. We found using the Guthook app really made it easygoing. It works offline which is great since there is no phone service near the trail. The service roads that access the trail are small and have one lane bridges so exercise caution.

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!

great trail.

Absolutely amazing and challenging trail. Started on Wednesday, November 21st at 10:25am and finished Friday, November 23rd at 10:45am. We went clockwise and trekked nearly 11 miles, camping soon after crossing Eagle Rock Vista and the next ridge. Camped along the stream in the valley at some nice campsites. Early start the next morning began with some truly challenging climbs but the views were worth it. Hammered out a total of 11.5 miles that day and camped near a meadow just shy of Albert Pike. Knocked out the next 5 1/2 or so the next morning with the last mile in the pouring rain. We saw deer, raccoon, and heard something early one morning howl like a wolf (it was not coyotes, I’ve had tons of experiences with them). Didn’t see bears but I sure wanted to, from a distance of course. I highly suggest getting in good shape for this hike. I thought I was in pretty good shape but the ridges kicked my tail. Also, call the ranger offices to check the water levels because there are tons of water crossings.

Rugged trail.

backpacking
16 days ago

The trail is nice and well marked. It's easy to access from northwest arkansas. We hiked it clockwise and camped at the primitive camping sites arpund 9.5 miles. i think there were 6 primitive campsites and everyone of them was occupied. It was not awful but i think its worth knowing you wont be the only one on the trail.

Great hike. Definitely a good work out. Due to the time of year though, the trail is very easy to lose because it’s completely covered by fallen leaves. Definitely be aware of where you are and periodically check the app if possible. Topographic map was very helpful. The view was great and very pleasant.

Not much of a trail till you hit the goat trail. Once you are there though you are rewarded with one of the best views in the Ozarks. Take a seat, have a snack and soak it in. Know your limits, but don't let the goat trail intimidate you. It's a sidewalk.

Very easy. Great for littles. Nice place to cool off

A friend and I backpacked this 11/9-10, starting at the Holt Rd trailhead and going clockwise. This is a nice hike with great camping spots along the way.
This direction was hard on my knees, especially the final downhill into Lee Creek.
I hiked this again 11/17 starting from the main trailhead and going counterclockwise. I did the whole trail in just under 7 hours and going cc was much better on my knees as I am stronger uphill hiking. The trail is well blazed and has many interesting sights along the way.

Fantastic trail. Summer hikes are great with the canopy and many water holes to take a dip in.

backpacking
20 days ago

we hiked the trail late October. the Little Mo. River gauge at Langley was showing 4.4' when we started CCW at the forestry Rd East trailhead just south of Albert Pike. This is as high as I would feel comfortable crossing most of the deeper crossings, and I'm 6'2". the trail was very scenic through most sections, and was definitely a challenge. we did three 8 mile days and a 3 mile morning to finish up.

the mountain summits, while steep with no switchbacks, are thankfully not that tall (200-400 feet in approx .5 mile for most of them). the rocky creek bed s you follow on the VBT will beat your feet to death, so be sure to wear some sturdy boots. Water is plentiful. aside from the peaks, we were rarely more than a hundred feet from flowing water.

Great trail. It is quite rugged, but the views are worth it. We hiked it right after a snow so the falls were flowing beautifully. Would recommend having plenty of time to navigate the boulders and explore. Would definitely do again!

All I have to say is breathtaking views!!

Great trail. Panoramic views from lookout points. Remote location was good for getting away from the city.

on Eagle Rock Loop

backpacking
23 days ago

We hiked this trail in October, and had a 7 year old with us. We ended up camping 3 nights, as we were not in a hurry at all. We took lightweight hikers tents, our backpacks had camelbacks, and we ate MREs. I am not exaggerating when I say we probably crossed water 60 times, but sometimes it was just small streams that you could step on rocks to get across. I took water shoes to change into to cross the bigger water crossings so my shoes could stay dry, then I would change back into my sneakers. When I said MREs earlier, I feel they made all of the difference in our energy level. I couldn’t have made it on trail food. We had 2 each per day, and saved something out of them for breakfast. We had some extra water to start, but we took one of those little filters to filter the stream water so that we could pack a little lighter. When we parked and started, we went to the right first. We had studied the map and felt this was the toughest part so we wanted to tackle it first. Brush Heap Mountain has no mercy. It’s a long, steep climb that you think will never end. At the top was a little spotty cell coverage if you wanted to check in with the rest of the world. Other than that, I don’t believe we had any cell phone coverage. So be sure you check in and out with the park rangers.
It was a challenging, beautiful hike. Lots of different terrain to see and experience. We are in our 40s, and had a teen and a 7 year old and we completed it.

The hike in and out isn’t too spectacular, going in you have a nice vista of the surrounding mountains but they quickly disappear. Personally I found this trail more annoying to descend, it’s very rocky and rutted up by horses (which, I’m not sure this is the best trail for horses...) if it’s wet at all it becomes very marshy and muddy. The payoff is more than worth it and I definitely plan to hike this trail again and spend time in the backcountry. There is much to see and enjoy. The hike out was not bad and the ascent is spread out. I only remember one difficult hill that’s about 2/3 of the way back, the rest is easily manageable. Also I only logged 640ft of elevation gain and I was back and forth on some of the trail multiple times so I think the 1000 some feet of elevation gain isn’t quite right. It’s definitely not that severe.

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