Looking for a great trail in Ozark -St. Francis National Forest, Arkansas? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Ozark -St. Francis National Forest ranging from 3.1 to 44.1 miles and from 1,167 to 1,853 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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We couldn’t figure out where the big waterfall was so we were sad about that, but the trail was very pretty and enjoyable!

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muddy
3 days ago

When picking my next adventure I read a lot of reviews about this trail! All I can say is everyone that gave this trail five stars, I completely agree with your rating! This trail isn’t that difficult but you do have to go through quite a few creeks! We went after a heavy rain and it was still doable! Just remember you aren’t allowed to actually go into the caves but there are plenty of places to look in without actually exploring them! This trail was 100% worth the two hour drive!

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is not easy! It is very steep all the way up. The view is amazing.

hiking
muddy
12 days ago

Perhaps our favorite spot in Arkansas. Secluded, but the trail is easy to follow. The river crossings are manageable, but adventurous enough the kids love it! Our dog loves getting in the water too. The two cave falls are incredible, and there are so many areas along the creek where the water has cut through the rocks to make incredible smaller falls, pools, and beauty. While I highly recommend this, I hope no one goes because the seclusion is incredible!

This is a really cool cave. However be warned. This is very very very isolated. The road is dirt and the way out or in depending on how you come is up a very very steep mountain. Kelly, you just pull your car to the side. This is literally just a gap in the trees next a dirt road. I did it alone and it felt very creepy but it’s a good hike

I will be going to Big Creek Cave Falls this weekend, I just was wondering where do we parks cars?

nature trips
29 days ago

All caves on public lands are closed in Arkansas due to White Nose syndrome. Please change the write up, this encourages violation of the law.

Have hiked this 3 times now! The waterfall at the end makes hike with inclines worth it. Will of course go back!

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail. Probably would give it a moderate level due to incline. Very easy to lose track of the trail but orange tie markers on trees are easily spotable. Not a very clear trek. Lots of briars, some downed trees on the path. Otherwise it was an enjoyable hike with a split Creek that leads straight to a drop waterfall. BEAUTIFUL!!

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flooded
muddy
1 month ago

Easy hike with exception of a few tough to cross creeks, only to see no major waterfall. One pretty small one was appreciated. Dens are interesting, dogs loved being out and exploring, overall our trip was fun.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

‘Trail head’ parking is easy to find. First 50 yards or so is through briars, would be a little tough during growing season. The volunteer trail is easy to loose, but just keep heading down hill to the creek if you do. Head left at the creek and keep going, This is flat and easy, although you may need to cross over the creek once or twice for an easier hike. You’ll come across the falls soon enough. Getting to the top of falls is straight forward, but it’s a scramble to get to the bottom. So for the briars at the beginning and the scramble to the bottom, I’d take it up a notch... it’s not THAT easy!

hiking
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This trail is on the upper end of moderate. initial entry at trailhead is not completely straight forward to locate the actual trail, but gets better as you get further into the hike. There is an abundance of slick and loose rocks when you go to the actual falls portion of the trail. Overall, short hike though challenging.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Okay we took the forest service road up but that is the part we should have came down. The view from the bluff was amazing and so peaceful. The hike down on the other hand is horrid. If you are not experienced in hiking DONT GO ON THIS TRAIL!!! I feel multiple times and ended up falling at one point going down and broke my wrist in two places. You can’t grab trees for support because they are full of thorns. And briars!! I will never do this trail again.

on Arkansas Sphinx

2 months ago

steep...but totally worth the view! I wouldn't want to do this one in the summer. The briers would be horrid. Pass the rock formation and the trails continues up and left, great view for 360°. ( In the winter that is)

very beautiful and right off the road for the main part. we did a little hiking while there and found fuzzybutt falls. absolutely amazing!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Very much enjoyed this hike to the fall. it is uphill and downhill, not too rough. we went on a nice dry day and had no issues on the hike!

hiking
2 months ago

I thought the trail was very easy to follow as long as you didnt try to follow the markers and stayed on the trail to the left.

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off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Tough trail, but worth the effort. This is a straight-up-the-hill trail. Occasional rock to rest on, but mostly a relentless climb. Once you make it to the Sphinx rock you can explore on and around it. From here you have an expansive view from southeast to west, including the Arkansas River Valley. To the SE is Mount Nebo on the horizon. The hill you are on is Hess Knob, which is at the NW end of Pilot Rock Mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

When we went the water was SUPER high, which meant the waterfalls were amazing but the explorable cave was inaccessible. Be prepared for a few creek crossings, and if there has been some rain, be ready for some wading. Trail is easy to lose but there’s plenty to explore, and when we were there the survey tape still marked the creek crossings further down. We wound up following the creek down past the last cave and it was very beautiful. As others have said, trust your GPS. There are some slippery parts and scrambley parts, but mostly it’s a matter of navigating the creek and whether the water is high or not. If you go dressed/ready for water and thorny underbrush you’re gonna have a blast. Bonus: we went off trail around the cow grate and found a bunch of really old abandoned cars and the ruins of an old homestead. If you have extra time it’s a super fun offshoot trail to explore.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Definitely would rate this as moderate. Keefe falls was neat but not my favorite in the area by a long shot. It was a scramble with footing and after the heavy rain leaves and rocks were slick. No real marked trail to follow but was easy enough to find because it’s pretty much a straight shot there and back.

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