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hiking
2 days ago

I would recommend this trail, plenty of water along the trail and several good swimming holes. There was multiple water crossings so be prepared for that.

Super awesome. Gorgeous. Exciting. Dream like.

I come here often one of my favorite trails in Arkansas. The top of the trail on the dirt road is pretty and easily walked with a few good over looks. The trail down to the waterfall is rather hard but worth it!

Spectacular views with just enough challenging sections! Great for either a day hike or an overnighter.

Whew!! I did the full 17.8 miles yesterday and it was a bear! Really enjoyed the challenge though.

All trails, any idea why the map shows the trail ending at 8.9 miles (just south of the highway there) when it actually continues for another 1.6 miles north to Forest Road, 10.5 miles total?

Amazing trail! Used it as a shakedown hike to test my pack weight and gear. Downed trees made the path difficult to find and navigate in several areas. Had to use my AllTrail map to stay on/return to trail. Love this app. Several reliable water sources along the way. Since this was just a shakedown hike I only did a small part and stayed just one night. Lots of great camping sites with fire rings. Planning to return and do a two night hike from Adams Gap to Cheaha then return on Cave Creek.

unseasonably warm temps in January made for unexpectedly active trail traffic today! recent rains and fallen limbs made trail blazes difficult to see, bring your GEO map and compass or extra battery for your phone to use All Trails GPS.
HIGHLY recommend this trail, I can't wait to go back! 10 am start at Adam's Gap, 3.45 pm finish at Cheaha Trailhead.

So much nature...scenic views, difficult trek but so worth it! It was a bit muddy today but the dogs enjoyed this more than the creek!

backpacking
11 days ago

Excellent tail, not for beginners! Don’t forget your water shoes, and have fun.

backpacking
12 days ago

We did the Buckeye Mountain/Caney Creek Trail Loop on 12/01-12/02. This review is just for the Buckeye portion. If you are starting from Buckeye trailhead, make sure that you have plenty of water from the start. If you are starting around Katy Falls, make sure you top off before you head up. The trail runs along a mountain ridge and there are no places to stop for water once on the trail.

Started at the Caney Creek trailhead and made the 1.1 mile hike up the road to the Buckeye Mountain trailhead. This hike up the road is by far the worst part of the hike, as it is just a constant gradual ascent for the whole mile. The trail itself is not very difficult. It's a pretty quick hike up to the ridge. Then a several small ascents and descents as you go along the mountain ridges. Lots of great spots for photos. There was one spot on the ridge where we almost lost the trail, but I think this was mostly due to a lot of fallen leaves. Other than that, it was easy to keep up with.

On the descent toward Katy Falls, there were a few spots where some large fallen trees blocked the trail, and we had to get a little creative to get around them. Outside of this, the trail was easy to follow and hike down.

Katy Falls area is a nice spot to stop to rest before completing the remainder of the loop, or finding a spot to camp.

hiking
13 days ago

I brought a first timer out here on new year weekend. She ended up loving it and now we are planning our second trip. We posted a video of our experience here if you want to get an idea of what the trail looks like https://youtu.be/B2vhT4QxFjE

It was a good trail. Unfortunately we weren’t prepared for it and we couldn’t finish it. Next time!

Everything I could ask for in a mountain ridge hike!

I started this trek at the north end of the trail and went south. This is quite a difficult trail and you really should be in shape to attempt this section. I did not use poles, but I can see how they would be helpful.

Due to a late start and short winter days, I only went in three miles and then turned back. That distance was still enough to see the views from the top of three ridge lines and to cross three streams in which I had to change shoes. There were several more small crossings that I was able to keep my boots on.

I saw several groups of through hikers. I imagine this was due to it being the weekend between Christmas and New Year.

Very amazing trail enjoyed every thing about it not
To hard to get to the top

GREAT TRAIL!

Beautiful place great views I wish they had a trail to lead to the other waterfall you see in the other side but other then that an amazing place

hiking
20 days ago

The trail has some good length to it, it is very well laid out. But, it is just a simple walk through the woods. No special scenic areas.

backpacking
21 days ago

This is an absolutely stunning backpacking trail. We did this in two nights. We camped out at the Eagle Rock Vista and it was gorgeous. I'd consider this a fairly easy trail so as long as you are prepared. I had a 35 lb pack and my wife had a 25 lb pack. We definitely WAY overpacked, but it was our first trip and we had done it during November. Loved every bit of it.

The taller mountains were snowed in, so this was a great alternative! Lower elevation had great winter weather, and the views were still exactly what I was hoping for when we were planning this trip.

hiking
24 days ago

Took my son to the Ouachita National Forest to do the Eagle Rock Loop trial this weekend. Beautiful trail with a little bit of everything. It was a memorable experience to say the least. Hiking, cooking, singing haha. The River crossings ending up being our down fall with river getting his boots soaked the first 0.5 miles in to our hike. Then again the next day 3 miles in. I could have picked an easier trail to take my son on for sure my fault... All in all we had such a great time neither of us will ever forget. I’ll be back to complete this 28.2 mile trail soon though. We Posted a video of it here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz5FNAX9-vo

The OT started out being a dream of mine , then after Holsom Valley it was a challenge against myself.
I met these 2 men who were going to hike the OT so I tagged along. We hiked together from Talimena State Park and I called it at Holsom valley as they went on to Winding Stairs and called it. So from mm 16.8 to 84.5 I hiked solo. From mm 84.5 to 94.5 my daughter joined me for a day hike. Then from 94.5 to mm 223 I hiked solo. I counted up my days on the trail and it was about 19 days give or take. I wasn't in no hurry, by all means. I just wanted to be out on the trail following my dream of backpacking the OT and enjoying all it has to offer.
Some of my favorite places was the Kiamichi Valley ( I think I spent 2 days there), Pioneer Cemetery, Flatside Pinnacle, Crystal Prong,Scooters Point, and a overlook before you get to Big Branch Shelter and the spillway. The bridge off hwy 300 and then mm 222 then my truck at the visitors center meaning I FINISHED my dream. John Archer,Suck Mtn,Story Creek and Big bear shelter were my favorite shelters. I'm sure there are more places but those are just the ones that stand out the most. Over 100 miles I hiked in sandals. From mm 125 to 223 I finally wore hiking shoes. I started in March, was up there about 2 different times that month.Once in April and once in May.Then back at it in October and November. Then I set out to finish December 9th, only to hurt my ankle the 2nd day so I was only out there from 12/9-12/18---39 miles. Came home and back out to finish on December 17,18,19,and 20th from mm 165.3 to 223. I set my mind to it swallowed the pain and hiked day and night to finish my dream. Using my emergency tarp and a garbage bag to sit on with the tarp over me with my trekking poles to hold it up, leaned against a tree just to catch a nap and get going again. I decided to be able to get my miles in, I had to put my phone up and quit taking so many pictures. The western end was tough but after the first 20-30 miles it got a lot easier.

backpacking
29 days ago

This loop has it all. Scenic views, hardwood Forrest, river, gorges, swimming holes, waterfall, ancient sea floor rock formations, water sources, a cemetery...yadda yadda yadda...with plenty of developed backcountry sites to overnight. Water crossings vary, each trip has been a little different. Be prepared. It’s a nice 2, even 3 day hike. Last trip I didn’t see another soul until I reached the Winding Stair Trail which had some leaf peepers.

Great hike. Little mix of everything. Water crossing were chilly, glad we removed the shoes each time - not worth slugging along in wet one for this trail

Great trail with great views! Have to watch for the markings to get to the second waterfall, but overall an easy trail!

So beautiful! The beginning is definitely steep, but so worth it for the views! I did it with my 14 month old on my back and was a great workout! Would love to come back and camp here.

Very scenic. Pretty well marked over all. Watch out for 1.4 miles one-way off shoot in the NW corner

The attached map does not show you the bushwacking route to get to the different waterfalls. The waterfalls are nice. im sure there is any easier way to get to all the landmark sites. I would allow yourself plenty of time to find your way to all the waterfalls and to finish the loop. It's a rugged good time if you dont know your way around.

trail running
1 month ago

Just completed a trail run here for the first time and will definitely be back. Even on a cloudy/rainy day the views were incredible. Plus it links up with the Mountains to Sea trail so you can go as long or short as you like.

The first mile is the most difficult - rocky elevation gain - but then you get to traipse along the ridge line for a while and it’s a breeze.

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