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rocky
2 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

hiking
2 days ago

It's a nice enough trail, with plenty of great views of the lake, but it also basically runs through several backyards (or at least close enough to the houses that you feel like you're in their backyard) and a few of them make it apparent that your presence isn't necessarily appreciated. Though, that was just my takeaway, so your mileage may vary on how worthwhile the trail is.

hiking
2 days ago

The trail definitely has some great views of the lake. Unfortunately, it also runs through what appears to be someone's cow pasture. Which is something that very much detracts away from the overall experience. Especially when there happen to be a whole flock of cows right up on the trail.

Short but sweet. Pretty much in my backyard. Glad people have been working on the trails recently.

One of my favorites. Easy, short hike in to the falls. Beautiful views. Gets pretty rocky and uneven close to the falls. The hike out is mostly uphill.

backpacking
5 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.

Nice trail for hiking and photography! Many things to see along the way

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.

hiking
7 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. It has quite a bit of diversity. It follows around the lake which is best viewed during leaf off I suppose. The views will be more obstructed during other seasons. It travels through several amazing boulder fields and crosses a creek. The trail does some up and downing and the Lower Eagle Loop along with the length of the trail I would say this is a moderate intensity trail rather than easy. It's length provides a pretty good workout. All in All I loved this trail and will be back sometime to enjoy it again.

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

Beautiful place. With watchful eyes we’ll bring our grandchildren soon. Trail is excellent. We went on around below the bluff line beyond Glory Hole. This added not only distance but the bluff line has a lot to offer the eyes. Nothing to not like-even get to take our dog ❤️

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

Beautiful trail even in winter

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

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

This was our first time hiking in the Ozarks and it was amazing, use the map on this site to get there because the parking is right on the side of the road, very limited maybe 8-10 cars which I thought would have been a lot of people but not crowded, there had been plenty of rain the days before our hike so the creeks were flowing and main attraction at the end was beautiful, plenty of above and below pics, the walk out is challenging but not to aggressive, well worth the drive

The trail and falls are great. One of the most heavily trafficked trails we've been on (65 and sunny on a Saturday in January), and a lot of really poor trail etiquette (smoking, dirt bikes). We will be back on less ideal conditions!

hiking
12 days ago

Very wet and rugged. Amazing views and beautiful scenery. Involves a creek crossing so prepared to take boots off and wade across. Probably not that way in the summer. Fun and definitely a hidden gem. Looks like there might be a lot of ticks and snakes in the summer so watch your dog.

Beautiful rock formations throughout. Expect to see climbers. No problem for kids. There is one water crossing.

I love this trail! Beautiful lake spot for great meditating. It is closed today (1/5) due to current hunting season. Anyone know when it opens again?

hiking
14 days ago

Started off the new year proper with a family hike!! This was also the first hike of our #52hikechallenge for 2019 and we can’t wait for the adventures ahead. New Year’s Day was a cold one and we only got about a mile of hiking in, but we brought hot chocolate and dressed in layers so we had a blast! We will definitely be back to explore the rest of the trails and look for rose rocks. (Lake Thunderbird is a great place to find them)

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.

“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins; not through strength, but through perseverance.”

I LOVED this hike and the miraculous feature waiting at the end of it. It was the perfect metaphor for a New Year’s Day hike when your resolution includes perseverance, tenacity and gumption.

If you like to use a stick to cross water I advise you to bring it. I left mine in the car and wished I had it.

We were there after a heavy rain and it was flowing incredibly well as were the feeder streams.

Wonderful moderate hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Worth all the traffic!

We began our new year (2019) hiking a few trails in Newton County, AR. The area had recently had rain, so the falls and streams were beautiful. Glory Hole was absolutely stunning with the water flowing like it was. We will be back.

First time to try this trail and really liked it. Easy and lots of pretty views even during an overcast and cold day. Trail is well marked and clean. No motors allowed so nothing but mountain bikes and foot traffic. Looking forward to bringing my kayak when it’s warmer. Loved it!

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!

This trail is open. It's a nice easy well maintained trail that is partially paved and part dirt. You can do this as part of the Forest Trail Loop or just do an out and back. I found the trail head did match to the map. I came upon a herd of deer, which was a nice surprise when I looked up the ledge to see 3 of them watching me.

Hiked 7.5 miles 12/30/18 started the green loop then went on to the yellow and red loops. They are not marked well so go in with a trail map and gps. Otherwise great hike and view of the lake at the tip of the red trail. The trails are not maintained by the park itself but rather the Bicycle League of Norman which is where you can acquire the most recent map of the trails.

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