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Lots of cool sites along this trail. Grotto is a must, really nice area.

6 days ago

9 days ago

Really nice trail. The half mile round trip spur to the grotto is worth it. Signage is good enough to follow. Lots to look at on the trail, although the rocks can be a little treacherous when they get wet. Probably great colors in fall. Parking is limited, but wasn't an issue on a Saturday morning in December.

Beautiful hike and wonderful waterfalls

The campground here an parking was a very clean an nice place. The hike to the falls was easy as soon as you figured out where to begin. They are doing some logging above the trails an the flagging is for them. Park an walk towards camping spot 14 and you will be at the beginning of the trail.

Excellent family hike with kids. If it's hot, there's a great swimming hole.

scenic driving
14 days ago


Really enjoyed this trip - hard to decide how to rate on difficulty though - easy roads most of it, but there are the creeks (I fell 3 times!) and it was really slippery getting to Big Creek Cave Falls...all of us there at the time (4) slipped down the hill a little. It's worth getting close, but be extra careful.

Loved it! Easy hike. Kids had a great time!

20 days ago

Hiked this today with my wife and our 5-year-old granddaughter. Pretty tough 5 mile hike (4.5 if you don't take the Grotto spur, but you gotta take that spur!) for a little one. She was fine the first half, but then got pretty cranky. I ended up carrying her about a mile and that made it far more difficult for me. We took lunch and found a nice spot to eat just off the trail. Saw several such places. No really steep climbs, just a lot of up and down over not-so-easy footing. Still really enjoyable. The natural bridge was beautiful, and the waterfall at the Grotto was too. We'll definitely be back.

Richland Creek is our fave!

21 days ago

Beautiful hike. The entire hike you’re hiking next to a stream/ creek. The trail is maintained- Thankfully everyone cleans up after themselves. I did not see any litter. We went late November and all the leaves have dropped. Still breathtaking. Lot of exposed roots along the hike.

Nice short hike with the family. Had the place all to ourselves. Very peaceful.

23 days ago

Beautiful spring. Water was down a little so we were able to climb some of the rocks

We enjoyed the hike and scenery.

24 days ago

Great intermediate trail

We hiked this with our dog and enjoyed the diverse landscapes, views, and creek crossings. We hiked the Cedar Creek Trail afterwards and I would highly recommend that shorter (slightly more rigorous) trail for more water crossings and views. Also, don’t miss the scenic overlook towards the entrance of Petit Jean State Park (Stouts Point)

scenic driving
28 days ago

Very pretty!

29 days ago

This trail has several things to see. There is the natural land bridge, the grotto, and some turtle formed rocks. All in all, this trail should be on everyone's bucket list.

It is amazing what nature does. I was truly suprised when I saw this natural phenomenon!

trail running
29 days ago

Not too technical. The sounds of falling water are so peaceful. Not too busy in November.

Beautiful area, but I think it is safe to say they have given up marking the main trail. Took some awesome pics in the fall.

I’ve been around a lot of the Buffalo area and this has got to be one of my favorite hikes. Not only is the waterfall spectacular but the hike is excellent and the whole area looks like a place fairies might dwell. If the camp area across from the trail is full there is a turn out off the highway to the West that’ll require a ten minute walk to the trailhead. A lot of elevation gain to the bluffs, go left to the falls. Though the hike to the right is beautiful too if you have time. Loved climbing around on the boulders. If you have a hiking partner give them some space, slips and slides will happen even in the best hiking boots and trail runners. Came in the autumn and the green valley along the creek with the autumn colors surrounding it was just spectacular. Get ready to use your hands to climb out from the grotto.

1 month ago

Fun trail! might be a little strenuous in some spots for beginners and if the water is up along with the rapids its a challenge to cross to the trail head safely, but a great day hike regardless! Seems like a great camping spot as well

The trails are well blazed and cleared for trekkers. During rainy seasons keep in mind the trails are on a incline into a hallow so the paths could be flowing with water.

Beautiful spot.
It is a bit tricky to find. But someone has spray painted a mark on the road and hung a ribbon in the tree where the trail starts. There are several trace trails in the area. My advice is this: go uphill until you get to the bluffs then turn left and keep going. Stay up fairly high near the bluff line. Take your time. The rocks are super slick. Eventually the creek and bluff will meet and there’s your waterfall.

Very very nice place

1 month ago

I visited after a rain and although the trails were a bit slippery, muddy and wet the waterfalls were beautiful. It was worth the muddy shoes to hike down to the base of the falls.

1 month ago

Great trail! Went early Nov, right after a rain storm and the falls were incredible. Reasonably easy trail, can get a little steep, but worth it. You can see everything in 30 minutes. Definitely worth the trip!

Was definitely a good workout. Brought my two dogs as well and they seemed to enjoy it.

This is an amazing trail. Rated as moderate but the last 1.5 miles from Sandstone Castle where we made camp in the caves, to the falls I would rate as hard. The ascent to the falls is steep and very rocky so watch your footing and be prepared to climb back out. Great trail though and we had no issues staying on it.

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