Explore the most popular birding trails in Ozark National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great little trail. Super easy and relaxing. Nice view at the end.

Great overlooks of the river and scenic region. A must-see in Arkansas for hikers.

Unusual place for a trail head — behind a couple of camping sites at Redding. But a perfect hike for me. A good uphill to a great midpoint – Spy Rock. Then a good descent back to Redding campground. Btw, did I mention that Redding is on the Mulberry River? A dip in the river is a perfect way to top off a great hike. Note: the a- and descent each have spots of (what I consider) narrow trail, especially given one side of the trail is pretty much straight down. Those spots are definitely doable, but I felt a heightened sense of caution traversing those stretches.

Great trail, and easy to find. Trail is well maintained, and the views are fantastic!!!

Amazing viewpoint of the crag! Prepare to encounter a lot of people, as this is one of the most(if not THE most) popular trails in all of the Ozarks. About 40-45 minutes to the crag. Would be a good hike for kids because there isn’t a whole lot of elevation change. One of the best hikes in the area for sure!

Great trail to hike with family. It has a wonderful view and a few water- falls. There were tons of poison-Ivey. Please be aware of this.

Awesome hike and view! We couldn't find bathrooms or portapotties of any sort, so you might want to prepare for that if you don't have any luck either.

Beautiful place and a slight challenging hike. Would recommend and hike again.

I’ve only done the Gunner Pool to Blanchard Springs section of this trail (and back in the same day) and it was something I’ll never forget! It was simply gorgeous and so varied, yet mild enough that we completed this trek in a day with one adult and 4 children (ages 10, 8, 6, 4). By the end we were all exhausted, in the best way possible, and had all taken turns carrying the 4 year old. Both campgrounds have toilets, but only Blanchard has showers and such. I can’t wait to take another bite out of this trail!

An amazing trail. We traveled up the west side part of the loop. It took us about 2 hours to reach the top. The view is worth the climb. Heads up that while it looks overgrown, the actual summit itself is pretty clean and a great spot to camp. Also watch out for the ticks. There’s plenty of them to go around. :)

The trail was over grown and poorly maintained where it wasn't in the campgrounds. It was narrow and went down highway 16 for about half a mile with little-to-no shoulder to walk on.

Whoever left the orange markers is a blessing. You da real mvp.

Great hike! If you are driving from the southern region of Ozark the drive up is a bit scary (desolate dirt road for 10 miles). Other then that I had a great time!

We took the trail from the Redding Campground, where it is well marked. This is a beautiful hike, but there are no markings when you hit the East/West division about how many kilometers the hike is. There was no information at the campground about the trail, so we figured it was a 2-3 mile trail, easy for a quick afternoon hike. However we soon realized that the "loop" was farther up the mountain than we thought, and we had to turn around after 2 hours and head back down because of the bad weather coming in. Please have someone mark the trailhead with a distance for the loop!

Beautiful easy hike. Lots of forest and cool rock formations. Recommend!

Great hike! Incredible view at the end! This is a heavily trafficked trail, at least during the weekend when we went, so be ready for limited parking and lots of people and dogs. We had a great time, met lots of nice people, and pet lots of sweet pups. I highly recommend it!

Absolutely amazing hike, trail run, and views!!

Great view and easy hike

The overlooks are really beautiful. Only found one falls with a large pool underneath. The trail was pretty much nonexistent at some point and we didn’t see any ribbons or markers. It was still a fun hike with great views.

Great trail with forest, rocks, stream and great views and Hawksbill Crag at the end was very cool. Recommend this trail. Seemed shorter and less strenuous hike than expected.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail for a day hike or overnight backpacking. This was our first backpacking trip and we had a blast. Great place to hammock camp right on the rock overlook. Trail is well marked and maintained. Both of us are beginners but are in good physical condition; it took us about 2.5 hours to reach the rock and about 1.5 hours to hike back down.

The view is amazing

hiking
1 month ago

TRAIL IS NOT WELL MARKED. THE COMMENT THAT SAYS IT IS, IS VERY MISLEADING. Look for a SMALL, THIN BROWN SIGN, stuck into ground. IT IS EXTREMELY EASY TO MISS. Parking is not marked and is practically non-existent. There are like 3 individual spaces that you would believe are supposed to be used for parking. Basically, there's a dirt road you take to cut through the loop trail to a very short hike, to an incredibly scenic spot called Spy Rock. Fantastic view. Worth the drive. Only had around 40 minutes of time on the rock, because we spent 20 minutes searching for the trail. TRAIL IS EXACTLY WHERE GPS SAYS IT IS. JUST LOOK FOR BROWN SIGN. Since it takes only around 10 minutes to hike to the rock, it's perfect if you only have like an hour or so to actually be hiking and being outdoors in nature (not including travel time), but want to go somewhere very remote with a comparably better view than Yellow Rock. There is almost no difference in elevation. This is an insanely easy hike. Not good for children as the bluff is rather small. Could not tell if they were Eagles, Hawks, or Falcons but there was a couple large birds flying around in the horizon and it was gorgeous. Could be an excellent spot for birding if you get lucky like we did. I wish I had more time just to watch the birds majestically fly around the top of the vast landscape.

Awesome experience!!

A must-do! The views are breathtaking!

Prettiest view in Arkansas. The hike is very easy! Your car does the difficult job of getting you up the hill to the starting point of the trail!

Lots of cool crags besides just Hawksbill. Also tons of trails, which could be good if you're in it for the adventure / exploration, but bad if want a quick in-and-out.
For the rock climbers out there, it has many great, solid walls, much like at horseshoe. This gave me several ideas for toprope routes (since I don't have the trad gear), but you may need to prussic your way back out.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views, parts felt like an enchanted forest. Plenty of resting areas both natural and manmade.

Easy hiking, beautiful views. Well worth the drive.
Hiked May 7,2018
Joseph & Frances Tomblin

camping
1 month ago

We hiked the neighboring Pedestal Rocks trail (see review there) and decided to check this one out later in the day since we had plenty of daylight left and wanted to find a place to set up camp for the evening. After everyone came to the conclusion that the gentle sound of the falls would be great sleeping background noise, we headed off down this trail. We ended up in an incredibly scenic, absolutely stunning opening near the bluff on the southern leg of the trail. We had a clear view of about 60% of the night sky which was filled to the brim with countless stars, due to the very little light pollution. I cannot recommend camping in this area enough. The next day, we headed out and explored the two big falls and many other streams that are speckled through the exit of the trail. I loved this trail and it was deeply moving in many ways. Much like the Pedestal Rocks trail, I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

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