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Super awesome. Gorgeous. Exciting. Dream like.

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!

I've hiked this about a dozen times now. It was definitely tough figuring out the trail in the creek area the first time. It could certainly be marked better, but if you just accept that it's basically unmarked then you'll be better off. It's slightly dangerous for this trail to be marked for the first mile and then nothing, particularly down where it gets confusing. Anyway we love this trail, it's a great long hike that has beautiful areas and plenty of elevation changes to get your blood pumping.

hard to find the trail but it was really fun and there's a lot of cool caves.

backpacking
14 days ago

Coming from two 23 year old, able bodied but slightly out of shape dudes, each carrying 40lb packs, this loop is definitely hard. If you do the full loop I recommend starting at the lake and going up the west side. It’s much prettier in terms of water features and is shorter in distance, still very steep. The east side (going down after camping on the mountain) is still very pretty but you barely see the river that is on that side. Lots of up and down expanses high up on the east side. It took us almost 5 hours to get up the mountain from the west side (stopping every 20-30 min with one break longer 15 min break for lunch, abt 12-15 stops). It took us only less than 4 hours the next morning to go down the longer east side (about 10 stops). If u want to just go for a day I would take two cars and park one at the lake and then start at the top of the mountain and go down the west side. 8/10 for views and overall experience, 2/10 for easiness. Wouldn’t go back unless for the day hike I mentioned.

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!

hiking
14 days ago

A great trail! If you start on white rock mountain, the hike back to your car Is pretty tough. Overall, the views and scenery were great. We went early January and got great weather. Tons of water flowing throughout the mountain and multiple waterfalls. Highly recommend.

I had done this hike in July and it was not a good experience. Each of us got about 20 ticks, hardly any water sources, and overgrown. Wouldn’t recommend then, but highly recommend late fall and even in the winter if you don’t mind camping in the cold.

Some times hard to see where the trail was but this was a great trip. Lots of climbing and adventure.

I really enjoyed this trail. It was what I needed after some holiday over indulging. I think "moderate" is pretty appropriate for this one. I did it at the end of December 35-40degrees, all the falls were running and that added some cool points to it. Only a couple other hikers on the trail the day I did it. I started right at the entrance for Redding Camp Ground and did the west side first. Made it out to Spy Rock and back down the east side of the loop GPS said it was 7.45 miles 2 hours 59 minutes moving and 52 minutes stopped.

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

Very nice trail, super pretty and enjoyable. Did it with my dog. Pretty gentle and well marked. A few downed trees on the southern parts of trail. One tree also ripped up the trail sign at the intersection of east and west sections of trail, but can still find trail easily enough.

I went on this trail once a long time ago. It was odd that we had to go inside to check in, yet on the way out the owners forgot we were out there. The trail dives into a valley and at some point we got lost and had to turn back because it started dumping with overflow pumping out of the ground, in conjunction with the poor trail maintenance at the bottom. Despite that, it was a fun experience--just not a great trail.

Some nice vistas and interesting areas to explore. Definitely worth a stop at the Owen homestead to read about the history of the land.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing place the hike was shorter than what I expected but is soo beautiful the river was my second favorite the water falls are my number one favorites! I get to see a bald eagle it was amazing

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

hiking
1 month ago

Lack of use and volunteers for upkeep have hurt this trail over the last few years. Happy to report that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has recently cleared and marked the trail. While it is still narrow in places and more work is needed, it is at least clear of fallen trees and properly marked. The trail has also been re-mapped with a GPS unit and new maps are being made. Volunteers are needed for the upkeep of this trail and those interested can contact the Corps at (417)276-3113. Fallen trees and other trail issues can also be reported to that number.

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 hike for December 2 weather! Beautiful scenery and camping at the Top of mountain. They have 3 cabins and a lodge. Ice cream at the Top!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike to the creek and back is fine, no particularly stunning vistas. I recommend not attempting to do either of the loop trails at this location, by the creek the trail is so washed out it's impossible to see and is not sufficiently marked to navigate.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. I liked clockwise the best.

It was deer season when I went. Lots of hunters. The trail was a wash because I could only find the trail that looks like it was cut for atv’s. (Could not find a trail that was just for hiking once I hit the atv trails.) I imagine it would be a little more enjoyable to go when you don’t need to be concerned about hunters. They should all have taken a safety course but accidents happen and people should definitely be aware. Next time I go I will make sure I have plenty of time to explore I feel like the atv trails would be a nice hike.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is OK at the best. We got there on Nov 7 and it was 2-3 weeks too late. Leaves are mostly down and it made very rocky trail even less pleasant. But if leaves would be still there - the view has nothing unique or breathtaking about it. If you are going to walk it make sure to give yourself plenty of time especially now, when at 5 pm it is already very dusky and at 6 pm is very dark! If you'll walk it clockwise, decent is very rough and rocky. Makes very unhappy ankles. Very short distance after beginning of decent trail crosses a road. Walk it down till you get to a point of re-entry to the trail. Your ankles and your back will thank you.
Keep in mind that there is no phone/internet service at the trailhead and on most of the trail. LTE was at the top and in a few places on the east side of the trail.

I got on this trail and took a wrong turn and ended up burning most of the day on it. Once I began to lose daylight I had to get off the trail and take the rest of the way on the adjacent highway so to be sure not to miss the 5:00 deadline so I could get my car out of the visitor center. It was a beautiful hike and and a wonderful day, however I wasn’t sure where I was at for a lot of it and I found the trails mostly unmarked and the map confusing.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail! might be a little strenuous in some spots for beginners and if the water is up along with the rapids its a challenge to cross to the trail head safely, but a great day hike regardless! Seems like a great camping spot as well

Very well marked. Hope to do an overnight soon and visit the entire trail.

This is a beautiful trail, especially during Fall and leaf off. We like to go up the West side and down the East but it’s great either way. Park at Redding campground and start directly across from the restrooms behind the campsite. The trail is well blazed and easy to follow. It took us about 5 hours to complete but that was with a long lunch break and some photo stops along the way.

We loved this hike, it was challenging!

on Twin Falls Trail

2 months ago

This place was awesome

Excellent place to hike. We hit all the trails. Nice views of the river. Some hilly parts, some nice parts on the bluffs, and some nice typical Ozark forest. Even thought there was no water at the waterfall, it is impressive. Saw several caves too. The 338 stairs require some stamina. The section on the bluff would not be good for little kids.

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