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The first place to cross the river is close to the parking lot. Watch for red stripes hanging from the trees. Also, there is a tree with double white marking. Look on the opposite side of the river to see the trees with blue and white markings. After the first crossing follow the white markings. In difficult places like camping sites look for red stripes. The second river crossing is marked by red stripes and tree with double white markings.

Definitely almost 10 miles. I enjoyed the trail. However the rocks were very hard on the feet after a while and I have good hiking shoes Saw a nice view of the lake as well as many other interesting beauties of nature. Was definitely peaceful.

mountain biking
2 days ago

There are a some challenging hills on this trail, I ended up hike a biking on a few. There’s not much scenery but overall a good ride. It’s definitely more difficult than the south loop.

I loved this trail! The trees, the hike, the lake. Very peaceful. My dog loved it as well.

Beautiful trail!

Great view of the capital at the end!

great trail went from north end to the falls and back, took dog with us , plenty of water and camping spots

Soo...we attempted this trail last weekend. Got about a mile in and saw the biggest rattlesnake I have ever seen. It was on a narrow curve in the trail. It was unhappy and it had no intention of sharing the road with us. Unfortunately we decided it was safer to turn around. Hopefully we can attempt it again someday. But Rattlesnake food is not something I want to be. I suggest keeping a watchful eye on this one for now!

hiking
7 days ago

This turned out to be one of my favorite trails close to where I live. Beautiful lake view and the rock formations were amazing. I was pleasantly surprised. I can say that the lower trails below the bluffs had a thousand spiders & webs ticks & chiggers, but that's to be expected this time of year. Don't forget your bug spray!
This is a trail I will be hiking often!

also found a bear prints in mud puddle on the trail. Wish I could've seen it. that would've made it even better.

. Strenuous uphill hike. Nice view at the top.

Great trail but a little overgrown.

hiking
9 days ago

One of my favorites to hike. I start at the Little Missouri Falls rec area parking lot, and walk down to the falls. The falls tends to be busy on the weekends, and differs on appearance depending on whether the water is up or not. Either way, it's gorgeous scenery. You basically follow the river from there. Its easy to moderate, and great for beginners or people who want to do a light trek in the forest. Highly recommend!

Great trail. If you have bad knees I would be cautious most of this train is lost on large steps and large lost rock!

Pay attention to your map! A TON of people we talked to along the way told us we were at the top when we were only halfway up. There are roads at both trailheads, if you don't see a parking lot and a road you are NOT done.

MAKE SURE YOU PARK AT THE TOP

This is one of my favorite spots in Central Arkansas. Unless you are seeking a strenuous, switchback filled trail up the hill, be sure to part at the upper trailhead located on Bay Oaks Dr behind Pulaski Tech. The view is incredible-especially considering how easy the walk is. I recommend going during the summertime, as the sun sets over Pinnacle Mountain, creating a gorgeous sight. Definitely recommend it to anyone who loves some beautiful scenery.

Using the directions from this app we found the trail with no issues, although it is in the middle of nowhere haha we were thinking we had gone the wrong way before we finally ran into a local on the narrow dirt road and he told us we were right around the corner.
The trail was easy for the most part and the end result is def worth all of the time it took to find and hike the trail. Beautiful rock, waterfall, and water! Would love to go back during rainy season as the water flow wasn’t as much as I expected. Our 6 year old twins absolutely loved it!

On July 28, 2018, I drove to the trail. The trail head Was not located at the point to which AllTrails brought me. I found it about a half mile down the road. Great! After a fairly steep to send it down to a creek bed (about .3 mile), I lost the trail. The OHT? It must have been me. After looking for about 20–30 minutes, I decided to head back. I came across a rattlesnake that was a little testy about my presence. Even though my hike was aborted, the trail gets one star because I saw my first rattlesnake in the wild. Plus, a trail familiar to me, Spyrock, was nearby and provided a suitable adventure.

hiking
16 days ago

My 11yr old son and I did this hike on a Monday evening. There were only a couple of other people on the trail so not bad. We did not have cell service in this area. The natural bridges were really cool. The big one (the one you walk over at the beginning) is pretty amazing underneath. I rated this trail 3 stars because it did seem to be more overgrown on parts of the trail and I did feel like there could be better trail markings. We actually missed the trail just beyond one of the smaller natural bridges and took off on what looked like a trail (and obviously other people had thought the same) before it came to a pretty overgrown dead end. We retraced our steps and realized we had completely missed the actual trail which seemed pretty obvious when we got there because it had steps. The couple behind us had missed it too. Besides that little misstep, it was a nice short hike and took maybe 35-45 minutes total.

Summit trail is relatively short, like 2/3 a mile to the top. It’s mostly dirt and gravel, a little steep but not bad. The very top has some moderate climbing, I followed one of the crevices to the top, beautiful view. I recommend the first crevice to the left once you’re at the top. There are others to the right, but they are harder to climb.

hiking
17 days ago

This was a neat, easy trail with cool features to explore. Will come back in the fall or spring when the creek is flowing, but it was fun even in the dry summer.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome trail! Very scenic

Beautiful sights, however the ranger maps are very misleading and lack detail. The rangers themselves weren’t very knowledgeable about the trails. Got a little lost at first on the hike. The first Creek you come upon is Blaylock Creek. We mistook it for the little Missouri. Also, I’d recommend hiking early in the summer. That 95 degree sunny day had us melting. Not literally. Anyway, we weren’t able to finish the trail because once you cross Blaylock Creek it’s a pretty steep and rough hike uphill for a good while. Just keep going and it will eventually wind down to the Little Missouri River. Follow the white marks on the trees. They are old markings, but they are the correct ones. Pack plenty of water! It is very beautiful. Next time we will be prepared and it will be a memorable hike!

backpacking
22 days ago

Me and a friend recently hiking the BHT on the hottest day of the summer so far and besides the heat and ridiculous amount of seed ticks, it was a pretty good hike. We hiked it in a day and a half, camping at Junction Camp overnight. The camp areas are well maintained and a lot of them include rock furniture. There are a couple of swimming holes that you can veer off the main trail to see that are a great way to stay cool. There's quite a bit of hiking up hill and down hill on loose rocks, some parts of the trails are better kept than others. From miles 8-11 it was very overgrown when we hiked, almost to the point where we had to guess where the trail was. This hike has some good overlooks, and rock overhangs to check out. I just suggest bringing plenty of water in the summer and covering up. It's not enough to just treat your clothes with tick repellant. Also lots of spier webs when we hiked but if it's a busy time of year then they should be cleared out you :)

Overall this is a great trail for a day hike. We did come across one large group and two smaller groups that were camping. It is a little challenging in places, but the views and water make it worth while. Heading out we did lose the trail after we crossed the stream. It took some wandering and All Trails to get us back on course. The odd thing is that we were able to follow the trail all the way back to the stream with no difficulties.

This trail is extremely well shaded which was very nice for a summer hike. There are plenty of camp sites along the way. If you want to swim, wait until after you cross the Little Missouri River and go several hundred yards further. There are some really nice swimming holes.

Since it was summer and the temperature was in the mid 90sF, we carried a lot of water. We did not need to do that. You will be fine with just one bottle and a good filter.

In addition to the white rectangular blazes, there are a few places that have pink plastic markers hanging from the trees. These were helpful at the river crossing.

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail and moderately easy. Only small inclines that we’re short! We have had so much fun exploring Arkansas. We were able to take the Drone and get some amazing footage of Yellow Rock Overlook. Please check it out at this link

https://youtu.be/7m-t2cXvU8k

It was very grown up so we couldn’t finish. It was be disappointing. I had hiked it before and it was great but even the little benches along the way were rotted out.

loved the area, it would have been better in spring or fall but still beautiful. parking for this area is horrible, I rode a motorcycle there and it was difficult to get out of. a low car would also have trouble.

Gorgeous Rock House at the end of the loop. Amazing views on this moderate hike!

We found it easy. We went this last April.
Saw signs pointing us in the right direction. Good flow and only saw 2 people leaving as we were on our way down. The hike there is all downhill. So the hike back is intense but not ridiculously steep.. til the Jeep road. But it’s not too long! Worth it.

Wish they would let people rock climb here

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