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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!

Whew!! I did the full 17.8 miles yesterday and it was a bear! Really enjoyed the challenge though.

All trails, any idea why the map shows the trail ending at 8.9 miles (just south of the highway there) when it actually continues for another 1.6 miles north to Forest Road, 10.5 miles total?

backpacking
15 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
15 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.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail. Easy to follow. But there are no
good views.

Definitely not a hard trail. Gorgeous around the lake with lots of benches and views. Easy for kids too.

Trail closed, contact park for update

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.

I started this trek at the north end of the trail and went south. This is quite a difficult trail and you really should be in shape to attempt this section. I did not use poles, but I can see how they would be helpful.

Due to a late start and short winter days, I only went in three miles and then turned back. That distance was still enough to see the views from the top of three ridge lines and to cross three streams in which I had to change shoes. There were several more small crossings that I was able to keep my boots on.

I saw several groups of through hikers. I imagine this was due to it being the weekend between Christmas and New Year.

The north trail needs marking, this trail was ok, however due to the time of year, leaves had covered the trail in several places.

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

hiking
26 days ago

Fun easy hike for the family!

hiking
26 days ago

Only things taking away from our journey were a lack of views and a lack of guidance. There are areas in the Southeast portion of the trail where various other trails overlap and if you're not careful you can easily lose your way. We made a wrong turn that added about a mile to our trek but were able to correct ourselves in downtown Hot Springs. Mentally a great accomplishment to complete this trail.

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.

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is currently closed.

Nice easy trail. Just wish it had an “overlook” spot to see the scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Super nice hike from bathhouse row up to sunset trail and back. Very peaceful once you are on the opposite ridge...no more city noise. Some fantastic grades...nice and long too! Could get in some nice running on some sections. Lunched perched on Balance Rock...clear and bright sky, perfect temp, nice wind.....very cathartic. It’s a great way to spend a relaxing day on the trail and be back to the hotel for dinner!

hiking
1 month ago

This is a quick, easy hike. The trail is wide and easy to navigate, toward the end the trail becomes more rocky and can be difficult for some. Overall, it's worth the hike and offers a pleasant view of the city.

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

It was definitely a moderate trail (return is mostly uphill) that anyone with basic fitness could do! A beautiful lookout atop of Goat Rock for a little snack before heading back up.

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

Great trail with big cliff and good views.

Great view, continued onto other trails

backpacking
2 months ago

Great trail. I liked clockwise the best.

2 months ago

It’s very short and easy hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with some climbing and views. Great park to visit and dogs allowed.

This was a great trail and we accomplished it in 5 hours. Definitely needs a crosswalk at the intersection of park ave and highway 7

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