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nice little hiking trail and love the cave

Great family friendly trail with lots of sights and activities packed into a short hike. Fun and beautiful.

A quiet, easy trail with some nice scenery.

Fun and quick

Great little hike. The beginning was a little boring but the falls were a spectacle to see. Also the cave was a little creepy as it was getting dark later in the evening.

Round trip: 3miles
Elevation gain: 846ft
Time: 1hr 5min

Long hike to get to the Goat trail, but it’s worth the trip. We arrived at 6:30am to beat the heat. Being the first ones on the trail there were tons of spider webs, just like many others have mentioned. We also saw a small snake.

Round trip: 7.3miles
Elevation gain: 2,014ft
Time: 4hours

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!

been here once, talk about beautiful!

beautiful hike especially during mid spring. If you plan to complete the entire trail dont forget water and possibly energy bars or snacks. Its a great hike and a great accomplishment

hiking
8 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.

Great trail but a little overgrown.

hiking
10 days ago

The views were simply amazing. Waterfalls, caves, wildlife ❤️

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

hiking
12 days ago

I got married at Cadron Settlement Park. Beautiful place. Nice views of the Arkansas River. Descent trails. Can be a bit confusing. Overall nice trail though. Have seen some deer.

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.

Very cool trail. As first time park goers we couldn't find the waterfalls, so definitely have a good map!

YES!!! This hike is a must!!! We did this hike with our 4 sons ages 6-11. They did fine. Pack water and good hiking shoes. Check out the pictures! I would suggest stopping at the cemetery on you drive in. The Whitaker’s are buried there. Kinda cool. They lived in he 1830’s.

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!

hiking
15 days ago

Very easy hike and lots of cool things to see, you have to go into the cave at the very end!

The trail was really challenging for us as we are beginners but was worth it.

17 days ago

Easy walking scenic trail. Very convenient from College Avenue or McDonalds. Several bike trail branches to make things more interesting. I always enjoy this trail.

hiking
17 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.

hiking
17 days ago

We LOVED this trail! My 11yr old son and I did this hike on a Monday and it wasn't crowded at all. This trail has so much to explore along the way. The natural bridge, large rock shelter, waterfall (just a trickle currently), and the cave were all fun. I had read reviews previously so we came prepared to explore the cave with headlamps and flashlights. Explored far enough back that we were very cramped and then squeezed into a little tunnel where we could stand up that led back out. There was also a very large "room" just to the left when you enter the cave. As others mentioned, the rocks around and in the cave are slick so be cautious. Overall, a very cool trail and one that I would love to do again if I'm back in the area. I think we spent about an hour and a half doing the whole trail.

Beautiful area! Paradise for a true nature lover!

hiking
19 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
20 days ago

Awesome trail! Very scenic

Got .3 miles in and saw a huge brown animal that we couldn’t identify. Won’t be back here.

hiking
23 days ago

Great little hike! The cave was cool, even though it’s closed. You can scramble down to the creek to the right of it and watch the water come out from the inside of the cave. Very pretty. Lots of cool bluffs and a nice shaded amphitheater-like place. The bluffs overlooking the creek were just beautiful. Good spot for lunch. We had a cool breeze and saw lots of wildlife. The overlooks were pretty, too, but the bluffs were my favorite part. Definitely worth checking out. So many awesome features packed into a short, fun hike.

backpacking
23 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 :)

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