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.

Very well maintained trail with a nice walk along the side the river to a nice waterfall with a great swimming hole under it. The river was very low but still flowing enough to get wet in the swimming hole.

I enjoyed this hike minus all of the people. I originally planned on hiking the glory hole but I always bring my dogs so that trail wasn’t an option. The view was beautiful and the trail was busy with large groups of people. I don’t think I’ll go back, but it was a nice experience.

the map doesn't show it but if you bushwhack thru the saddle and follow downstream there is a beautiful waterfall
it's an easy hike from the first and you can see it from the bluff on the other side

Our first hike since moving back to Arkansas. Beautiful day gorgeous scenery

Amazing place

hiking
11 days ago

Did this and Lost Valley Trail. If you are in the area and only plan to do one Trail, I would suggest Hiking Lost Valley Trail. It is much better.

Nice trail since so easy to access, but unfortunately I have to agree with others that I do not see her opening the trail anytime soon. She told us it has been closed for 2 months but judging by the reviews it’s been closed for 4+ months. We heard about her bears for the past 2 years that we’ve periodically gone to hike; the bears are everywhere here in Arkansas and hope the population remains healthy.

If you happen to accidentally drive down and find trail closed; no worries just go a few more miles to Lake Fort Smith park where there are many trails and nature center with weekly activities for children. Don’t forget to donate to the state parks too; OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Let’s keep it that way.

It was lovely!! The waterfalls weren’t running, but beautiful none the less!!

Fun, short hike.

hiking
15 days ago

I’ve done this hike twice now and even in low water it’s still beautiful. Easy short hike!

Awkward beginning of the trail, very overgrown and not well marked. I recommend starting at the turnoff for the campsite and not where google maps takes you. A wonderful view at the top, definitely a good one! Took about 4 hours round trip.

Chose this trail because it was so highly reviewed. Truly don't know what everyone is raving about, must have just loved the photo opportunities it provides. Otherwise it's pretty pedestrian, real short (less than 2 hours), packed with people (to be fair, I was there labor day weekend). Not challenging

The views are totally worth it. Hike is decent but doable for all ages. Not as secluded as other trails, but a view I like any other! Very steep road to get there, recommend only a 4wd or similar vehicle. No bathrooms at the trailhead, so beware.

Went with a group of both experienced and beginner hikers and we had an amazing time! We "billygoated" the second half of the trail making it longer, but totally worth it! lots of amazing views. the trail is clearly marked. It was our first trail over labor day! Took us 45 minutes to get out once we hit the top with lots of breaks for the newbie. We went at sunset. would have been great to Sleep out and see the sky.

The water was mostly dried up when I went, so the hike was more exercise than site seeing.

Was great day for this out and back. All down hill to falls. Haha. Guess you know what that means??? Water was just trickling with week of past rain so not best time of year “summer’s end” but still well worth the 4 hour round trip.

hiking
26 days ago

This is a great loop trail starting from the same parking lot as the White River Bluff Loop. Lot holds about 20 vehicles, has a bathroom.USDA Fee area, $3.00 daily per vehicle, drop box and envelopes in parking lot. Part of the trail overlaps the Scrappy Mountain Loop which is 12 miles long. For the most part the trail is well maintained, created for mountain Bikes so well suited for hiking. There were a few blow downs over the trail, as well as end of season tall grasses in some areas. Chiggers and gnats out today, as well as hundreds of spider webs across path. Carry a walking stick for the webs! All in all, it was a great hike, I loved it. Counter Clockwise would be wise as recommended by USDA.

Very overgrown past the first half mile......Bring a machete May through November & wear lots of bug spray or you will get chigger bites.

Loved it!!! Drove down for a day trip and saw this #1 on “All Trails” and trip advisor. Definitely should be the top trail you do first in the Ozarks. With a really moderately easy hike, the pay off is completely worth it! It’s a little slip in places but only 1.25 miles or so there which will pass by so quickly. The view and pictures are amazing. Bring a little water as it gets humid but I didn’t have any bugs. Later in the day had less crowds but roads getting in are a bit poor and there’s no cell phone reception much of the way there so plan it out first, grab a map, or set up your gps before your in the canyon valley and know your way in and out back to town so if it’s getting dark your not lost. Definitely worth it! Easy enough for beginners as long as they’re careful on rocks, still would wear hiking shoes but people were out there in sandals managing. Thanks Arkansas!

Great trail. Wonderful views. Loved it and would definitely do it again!!

Great little hike downhill ... to get there. The reward is well worth the trek back up the hill.

This starts in pretty dense vegetation that rubs on your legs. Wear pants. Lots of ticks and chiggers too, so bring bug spray. Otherwise a good trail.

The entire trail is an ATV trail. Will return during leaf-off when the views will be better. Walked down the trail to the campsite where someone had left their tent unpegged and also left a bunch of garbage in the fire pit. The views, once you reach the roost, are beautiful, but not worth the atv hike in the summer. Lots of wildlife and am eager to return in the winter.

on Greenfield Trail

1 month ago

Pretty overgrown in spots, but a very green, forest trail. Lots of loose rock underfoot when walking up and down the hill.

Beautiful views at Spy Rock and a fairly easy trail. Unfortunately all the waterfalls and creeks were completely dry, it being August, so we didn't get to enjoy the beauty of the trail to its fullest. We will have to try this one again when it's less dry.

Fun little hike for the family, the kids spent hours climbing the rocks and we got some good pictures

The view is nice, but getting there is something else. The gravel road up to the trail is in poor condition. There were some rocky trenches in the road making it inaccessible to some vehicles. There is currently no parking area. There are a couple giant piles of gravel on each side of the road, one before and one after the trail. The trailhead is not distinguishable by vehicle. Just park near the trailhead (GPS) and locate on foot. Most of the path is also becoming overgrown with poison ivy, which may be a problem for some. I think taking the rest of the trail up there would have been better. I prefer hiking up difficult and rocky inclines over driving up them.

I’m here to write about ALL the trails at Lake Wedington!!
THEY ARE ATROCIOUS!! Someone needs to get this National Park in order. Shame on this park and the people that maintain it!! We traveled through the camp sites and the road had tree roots as big as my tire itself. Trails have not been maintained in years on the North side of the hwy. signs that the “TRAILS CLOSED” look like they’ve been there for years at the North side of road parking lot. After ignoring the sign and getting back in there. It looks like someone took a National Park hiking trail and turned it into a money making bike trail system. Tore the place up for sure. Very sad day for my wife and I getting in there to that mess. So much for the beauty of a National Park! SHAME ON THEM !

YES!!! This hike is a must!!! We did this hike with our 4 sons ages 6-11. They did fine. Pack water and good hiking shoes. Check out the pictures! I would suggest stopping at the cemetery on you drive in. The Whitaker’s are buried there. Kinda cool. They lived in he 1830’s.

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