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rocky
3 days ago

One of the most beautiful trails I've been on. Took the trail less traveled, went to the end of the bluff, climbed down to the river, hiked the river on Old River Trail, climbed out to the homestead on Sneeds Creak trail, and made it back up. Was total about 10-10.5 miles.

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rocky
7 days ago

Hike was well worth it not for the waterfall but the rock formation that is at the very end. We went to the waterfall during flooding and excess rain to see a little waterfall a top a very large rock wall covered with ages of erosion that was well worth it. Make sure you are in good physical shape and travel together as the the trail is steep and extremely rugged and should only be embarked on if you hike frequently and have the correct gear, hike took about 4 hours with at least 3 camps that people will hang out at up and down that can be used as checkpoints, If you are extremely fit to where you can hike 13 miles I recommend taking the trail from the waterfall to the buffalo river as the scenery is beautiful combined with the utter isolation you’ll find yourself in as you have to drive 3 miles of dirt road to get to the trailhead

backpacking
10 days ago

It was a beautiful hike with the fall foliage at or near its peak. Being that this was our first hike, we feel like we did well for our age. I would recommend hiking poles for the descent going down the step grade. Our knees differently felt the effects of the steep grade. We brought a lunch and blanket for a bite to eat and a break at the base of falls. Don’t expect much water coming over the falls. Even with the rain a few days earlier, there wasn’t much water running. Still a beautiful view with the shear limestone walls rising out of the tranquil valley.

Awesome trail! Take your time, pack some snacks, and make a day of it.

This trail is super easy to follow. The view is breathtaking! You think it ends but it doesn’t! It’s about a 6mile bike there and back.

January is a great time to go. We passed only four hikers.

Great views, great hike! Not a ideal hike if you’re afraid of heights like me!

Beautiful hike. Will do this one again. Only a couple steep areas and a few water crossings after rains.

backpacking
17 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.

hiking
17 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.

This trail was the high light of our weekend, the hawksbill crag at the end was well worth the walk and the views are simple breathtaking, BUT there are some minor set backs, there was probably 40 - 60 cars in the parking lot which meant the trail was gonna be busy, so kinda crowded for when we went, also the county road into the trailhead is nearly 6 miles of very steep gravel road, please don't have any trouble with your brakes on your vehicle because it could lead to an interesting ride down on the way out, all and all great trail and worth the drive

The two bluff trails are pretty unique as far I know and the scenery even on a rainy winter day is great. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

Hiked to the end of the Goat Trail today with hubby and 3 kids (14, 8, and 6). Yes, it could be dangerous if you don’t watch your children, but be responsible and stay safe. I certainly wouldn’t say “not for kids.” Maybe not all kids, but if you have an active family,it’s worth the effort. Everyone enjoyed the hike and the views at the end of Goat Trail. The hike out is uphill as all the reviews state, but I’d rather hike uphill than down, so I prefer it this way. Giving it 4 stars because there are some places that are really muddy, and there isn’t a lot to look at the first couple of miles. We walked to the trailhead from our cabin, so we went close to 7 miles total. Even the 6 year old said it was worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

Really great out and back with a lot of delightful places to stop and enjoy cascading water. Near the waterfall, it was a bit slippery, and the way back is uphill, but the trail is well maintained. If you can, time a trip here after a good rain so you can catch the waterfall.

Hard trail, very slippery in spots but well worth the trip if your prepared! Bring water and snacks!

hiking
24 days ago

Short hike to beautiful, serene falls!

This is a beautiful waterfall!! Very short and easy walking access for all ages. It’s a must see!!

Very pretty, several waterfalls.

Definitely a no kids hike. First 3/4 of trail is just a pretty walk down into a steep ravine. You come to a clearing , veer to the right then follow a counter clockwise trail around an outcropping onto the bluff face. The down hill is moderately challenging due to very uneven terrain. I went after a rain and it was extremely muddy. Essentially the trail is one giant drainage feature. Very fun, very messy. Wear sturdy boots with good ankle support. The actual bluff is stunning, I was the second car in the parking lot and had the area to myself for a memorable lunch hanging on the ledge. I could see where it would be challenging for people afraid of heights. The way back is by far the most difficult part of the hike. It’s 2.5 miles straight back up the ravine. I am a little chubby and had to stop frequently for heart rate breaks. Was it worth it ? Will I do it again? Hell yeah! By far the best view in Arkansas. Definitely beats yellow rock and the Craig. The area is amazing and am currently planning a backpacking trip around hemmed in hollow. Pace yourself , pack some water , wear sturdy shoes, and make some memories while getting In some cardio!!!

Beautiful view when you finally get down to the goat trail.

Probably the best short dayhike in the Ozarks. Pretty easy with a rewarding view at the end. The road going up is no joke though. Surprised how rough the road is for how popular the crag is.

Pretty EZ hike with amazing Ozark views. There’s a long dirt road to get to this hike, but it’s nothing too hard to get up. That’s part of the fun. The hike starts out downhill first, so that the hardest part on the return. The trail was a little tricky to follow because you come to 1 or 2 crossroads.

Excellent view! The drive up to the cliff may take around 20-25 because the gravel road.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful hiking place. On the way to Whitaker point, there are lot of view spots.

Third time on this trail and it gets better each time. Went beyond the eye into the mountain.

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

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..

hiking
1 month ago

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.

My absolute favorite. The view was amazing. The road was rough wish we had a 4 wheel drive would hate to even think of trying it after a rain. Once you reach the parking area you will be glad you came

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