Explore the most popular hiking 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
3 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

It's listed as a moderate trail meaning most anyone could take it. My favorite thing about this trail is the multiple paths you could take that brings you to smaller waterfalls and caves. The sights are extremely beautiful and definitely worth the trip.

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!

Loved this hike, but not necessarily for the waterfall itself. The hike to the falls was pretty closed in and had a lot of pollen (pretty typical of this time of year). The falls were cool, but unfortunately there was no place to swim. However, it gets 4 stars because of the insane boulder field just past the falls. It is full of incredible bouldering and slab climbing. It may take some creativity to get to the tops and build anchors for toproping, but I could personally spent hours or days in that boulder field if I had know to bring a rope. It is mostly high quality rock (much like horseshoe), even if it is kind of dirty.

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
12 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
13 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
13 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
14 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!

hiking
14 days ago

beautiful area. loved this trail.

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.

Great trail. To make it all the way around the lake you do have to take about a mile of pavement. It was 4 miles dead on. We did explore the waterfall quite a bit.

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.

Went here after a good rain. Waterfalls were awesome.

hiking
26 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!

Enjoyed this hike ... interesting feature.

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

hiking
28 days ago

Great little trail with awesome views!

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