hiking
1 month ago

Caution: This is a tad on the long side, but I hope it will benefit someone so that they don't end up like my hiking group did when we set out to complete this trail. I am not a negative person and I HIGHLY looked forward to this trail and am saddened that our group was not able to complete it. **I will update this review and change the score if I am ever able to hike this trail in its entirety.** After following all the instructions to find this place (first left turn immediately after the bridge, by the way), our group followed the gravel road of 5881 until we reached the crook where you are to get on the trailhead. After parking and getting our packs on, we set off down what seemed to be the trail, but could not confirm because the trail does not have a single marker and is very poorly maintained, if maintained at all by anything other that apparent ATV tracks that have created the beginning of the trail path. We followed the directions and checked the coordinates multiple times to make sure we headed the correct direction as laid out by this site and the provided map. A short while later, maybe one quarter-mile or more, we encountered moving water (which we assumed to be Hurricane Creek) and attempted to ford it, but it was impassable without severe risk. After making it to a piece of land in the middle of the creek, we decided against trying to continue because there were no indications of a trail on the other side and the other half of the creek was much deeper and producing white water. Our group, now drenched to the thighs and boots filled with water, we returned back to the truck to make a plan B. If you are going here during the Spring, be wary, as this trail requires waders that are apt for trout fishing and some very good balance, otherwise you could get very wet or even hurt. If you end up in the same situation that we did, visit Pedestal Rock Trail, as it was one of the most beautiful hikes I've done in the area and isn't too far away from this one. Hope this will save someone a massive headache.

Plan on high water river crossings

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Beautiful, small campground. Falls make a great place to wade. Friendly Racoons do don't leave out food.

camping
Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Campground is a bit difficult to find, you have to keep going down highway 123 longer than the gps says to in order to find it. Rating would have been higher, but park isn't maintained very well and isn't monitored. We had some very unpleasant neighbors last night who were shooting pretty much constantly in the river gorge, long past dark. Didn't hike the whole falls because we were worried for our safety. Water level was down as well, but that's only because there hasn't been rain recently. May go back someday and hope for more agreeable campmates.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Beautiful area in the spring time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

As good as Arkansas can get

camping
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

What a great place to do anything/ everything in the outdoors. My personal favorite place in the Ozarks. So much beauty. Also a great place to lay a blanket down on the rocks and watch shooting stars and "glow worms" on a clear night.

hiking
Sunday, March 02, 2014

Nice area when the water is flowing. Been to Pam's Grotto many times and have never seen it dry even in the summer.

camping
Monday, March 18, 2013

Great little NF campground, great setting with the falls. This is very popular rock climbing area, and their are waterfalls galore in the area when the water is flowing. We did the Pack Rat falls, and Pam's Grotto falls while there.

hiking
Thursday, April 26, 2012

At back of campground enter trail for ozark highland trail but quickly turn right up creek. 1/2 mile up creek is packet falls. Gorgeous

camping
Saturday, December 24, 2011

One of my favorite spots in Arkansas! The campground has no electricity or running water, but has a decent restroom. You can hear the falls throughout the campground. The camping area is small and intimate and a perfect place to relax or explore. Honestly, it's a hidden gem!

camping
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Good for families.

camping
Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A mini Grand Canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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hiking
Saturday, January 12, 2013