Explore the most popular camping 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 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
4 days 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

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
13 days 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
14 days 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.

hiking
14 days ago

Absolutely stunning trail with some unbelievably beautiful areas to explore and photograph. I cannot recommend this trail highly enough and I greatly encourage any and everyone to make this trip. The pedestals and caves that are off the main path are well worth exploring and truly awesome. ***WARNING: there are side trails that are extreme perilous for young adults and children that are unfamiliar with the area; some holes in the rocks have plummets of well over 100ft, so take extreme caution when hiking around these areas.*** We hiked this trail and the accompanying nearby King's Bluff loop (see review for that trail, too) and absolutely adored it. Despite the few ticks that were pulled off the next day, it was well worth it. 5/5 stars, easy.

The whole 23 miles is wonderful, absolutely one of the best Arkansas trails, and also one of the finest trails in the southeastern U.S. Six trailheads make it perfect for day trips or camping in Forest Service campgrounds, and backpack camping is allowed.

hiking
15 days ago

Well-maintained, easy trail. Friendly & helpful general store employees have info about the area, things to watch for along trail.

this hike was the highlight of my trip to Arkansas/Missouri. When I came around the curve in the trail and saw the beautiful formation such emotion came over me. The beauty of what God created is so awesome!

Was not paying close attention to the length of this trail when we hiked it. Was very long... but there are several waterfalls along the way. It really is worth the distance. I had a puppy and 2 7 year old kiddos who enjoyed it!

I took 2 kids (7 year olds) and a puppy. Trail is family and dog friendly. Love this trail. The overlooks on the way to the first waterfall are beautiful. The first waterfall is so simple to get to and is a great little swim spot. The second waterfall is a easy trail but you have to pay very close attention and follow the orange ribbons. Both waterfalls are pretty great when they are flowing.

I'd rate this trail as moderate. The trail is narrow but slopes gradually and has only a few rugged areas. The trail is well-marked and -maintained. There are more sources of water on the east loop than the west, but I suspect that those will disappear during the dry season. There is no water source at the summit campsite, but the view is great. We arrived just in time to see the sun set.

One more thing. The trailhead is no longer at Redding campground. It is located on a small dirt road just east of the campground off the main highway. The new parking lot is located directly on the east loop. The spur leading to Redding campground still exists though. Make sure you don't accidently take it and end up in someone's campsite like we did.

Not a bad trail, but I found two ticks crawling around on me later in the day.

One of the most beautiful places we've hiked. Just gorgeous and an easy hike to the crag.

I have been there twice and love it.

hiking
27 days ago

This delightful hike visits 4 CCC-built shelters and features spectacular views in all directions. Virtually no elevation gain makes for an easy hike. Several segments are right at the edge of the bluffline, so caution is advised. Portions of the trail can be wet after a rain (as was the case on our recent visit). The Rim Trail connects with the Ozark Highlands Trail (trailhead w/ parking near Cabin C) and with the Shores Lake Loop Trail. The White Rock Mountain Recreation Area features 3 historic cabins and a group lodge, as well as a campground. White Rock Mountain is a special place to visit for a day hike or an overnight stay!

great hike, beautiful water falls and overlook. pretty empty at 8am in parking lot. very full at 10am when we left

hiking
29 days ago

Great little trail with awesome views!

So beautiful, especially once you get along the ridge there are huge boulders that are just sitting along the edge. Awesome scenery and gorgeous overlooks!

hiking
1 month ago

Take binos to see eagles.

hiking
1 month ago

Make sure to add time for exploring.

I've been wanting to hike this for a long time and, while it was decent, it's not on my list to do again. The trail itself is nice, but nothing to write home about. When you get to a short, relatively steep descent across the little creek, you can go right which will go along the bluff or left (upstream) for a short period, then it will curve around parallel to the other trail and merge just before the Hawksbill Crag if you want an easier trail for some reason. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty nice: sticking out there all by itself. Take turns taking photos of each other. Standing on the crag itself, you don't even know your sticking out over the edge. It wasn't as big or as high as we thought it would be from the pictures we've seen. Again, it's worth doing, check it off your list, but I liked other trails in the area much better.

Great quick hike with many scenic views

Amazing hike to a very scenic overlook of the Arkansas Ozarks! Great photo opportunities at the end :)

Just a spot on the OHT, with a nice creek.

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