Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

I absolutely loved this trail. The view is absolutely spectacular and worth the short hike it takes to get there.

I would advise you to wear hiking boots, though. The entire trail is loose/upright rocks that’ll surely trip you up.

Also, keep a close eye out for little orange triangles, they indicate the main trail and keep you on track. There are plenty of little side trails people have created that can confuse you when you get closer to the cliff.

hiking
2 days ago

Should be the 8th wonder of the world!

Amazing trail! Surprisingly we didn’t get lost and we thought we would.. just make sure you follow the markers on the trees. It’s a really steep hill going down at first and of course really steep going back up but when you get to the top it is AWESOME!

Trail is steep going in and includes switchbacks. However, not too bad when you get past that. Beautiful vista point, and definitely one of the best/coolest pictures you'll ever take of yourself on that lookout point.

Really fun trail! Not too hard but enough incline coming back to work up a sweat. Great spot to camp right at the rocks if you feel like hammocking, if you feel more adventurous there are a few spots closer too or even on the rocks you may be able to camp with a tent or just a sleeping bag under a beautiful sky but fair warning, there are some pretty big crevasses in between the rocks and if you hear buzzing that’s just the Volkswagen Beetle sized Yellow Jackets hunting for insects in the trees on and around the rocks. It’s also the bumble bees that seem attracted to the lichen that covers the rocks, oh and big hornets also flying around and honey bees. It’s like a stinging insect paradise up there for some reason but that doesn’t take away from the stunning views and the peacefulness the intermittent buzzing provides. The trail is across the road from the white house with the tomb stone in the yard, we parked on the embankment across from the house overnight with no issues. Only saw a few UTVs who did a quick once over of the roost and then headed off for somewhere else. The trail is really rocky so if you have bad ankles watch your step and you may want to wrap them up. Also being as this is an ATV trail it had some pretty large puddles just FYI.
All in all I’d recommend this as a great day hike and a solid hike to camp trail but I’d wait until fall when the flying death beasts thin out a bit

Good easy hike. Kids and pet friendly. Unfortunately the falls were pretty dry at this time of the year.

Tough Trail but we really enjoyed it. It rained 2 days before we started so there were 2, shin high, water crossings before getting to Barkshed campsite the first night. You can filter water from those locations and also at Barkshed. Ticks we're in abundance! We lost count how many were on our bodies and inside our tent.

Neat rock formations and fun to check out the base of the bluffs. Better views on other bluff hikes. A lot of the hike is in the woods.

backpacking
16 days ago

Awkward trailhead, had to park near the street. Walked further than spy rock and set up near a waterfall for the night. Wonderful night! Overall great trip and spy rock has great views. Not a strenuous backpacking trip.

The only advice I have is to make sure and follow the orange triangles especially on the way back. Also use the bathroom in the town nearby because there are none by the trailhead. Overall, amazing hike and incredible view!! Loved how smooth the trail was! Definitely would recommend checking it out.

The views were awesome! We went during the week and saw very little traffic.

More of a 4-wheeler trail...beautiful hollow with the falls

22 days ago

This was a trail recommended to us for the hike and views. We took the hike and were blown away by the views. Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. We went On a Saturday just before noon. There were not as many hikers as other reviews said. Highly recommend this hike. It’s a must see at the end of the trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Well, we hiked the trail, or what looked like the trail (it was pretty narrow and there were several false trails), until we got to King’s bluff. The waterfall was a trickle, as was expected, but after that, the trail became confusing. We wanted to see the rest of the bluff, the hoodoos, and get to the bottom to see the caves. But this old road (false trail) ruined all that. The road was broader and more well trodden than the smaller trail that went towards the bluff, so we mistook it for the real trail and ended up missing most of the scenery. It also added .2 mi. to the trail length. After we reconnected with the actual trail, we realized it was the fake trail that we walked past earlier with the sign saying “Road Closed”. Please, don’t return this way, as it gives you a false interpretation of the trail. You see a little piece of the scenery, but after that you miss the rest. It is not worthwhile. We will definitely return in the fall when the waterfall is running, and the forest is a little thinner. Once again, make sure not to miss the actual trail. If you do you will sacrifice 80% of the scenery for more mileage. The rest of the trail though, was amazing, and I recommend this trail greatly. Just don’t go on that fake trail.

Beautiful geology...took my 7 and 8 YO niece and nephew...they did great...planning on coming back in the Fall

A little disappointing. There was hardly any water in the creeks so it wasn’t very impressive. It’s was neat just not as cool as I thought it would be. It’s super short and easy so I guess it’s worth a look.

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.

Lots of great smells, wildlife, and varied terrain throughout this hike. Would definitely recommend and do again.

The trail head looks like a closed logging road not a trail head, i didnt know i was on an actual trail until i could hear the waterfall, the trail itself is dismal, unmaintained, and over grown in many sections. As a result i was picking ticks off the entire way. The waterfall itself was decent but not worth the hike

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!

The glory hole itself is pretty cool, but there are WAY better trails around this area. One of the last ones I would recommend. Hit this one up last. Easy hike, but nothing incredible.

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’m still in shock that I’ve been coming to Gunner Pool my entire life and never knew this amazing spot existed! Yes, the road down to Gunner off 14 is rough, but I remember back to when it was one lane the whole way and would almost knock the tires off a pick up truck! I made the trek today in a 2 wheel drive GMC Acadia and was fine-just take your time. The initial turnoff wasn’t hard to find but the actual trailhead was a little confusing for me because the marker didn’t call it a “horse trail” it said “walk in for turkey hunters”. Anyway, I gave it a shot after noticing the letter A hammered into a tree. The abandoned road was grassy, but nothing major. I used plenty of DEET because I’m living with Lyme disease that I most certainly picked up here in AR-just beware. The creek bed was dry so the first waterfall on the right before the road curves back to the left (Mud Springs) was not flowing-in high water you can hear it and trek off to see an additional falls! After crossing the dry creek bed it got pretty wooly, but still nothing unmanageable. When I finally got to the falls I lost my breath for a moment at the sheer untouched beauty. I literally hit my knees and said a prayer of thanks for such a masterpiece! I can’t to share this 60 foot hidden gem with my daughters!

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. :)

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