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Artist Point Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Ozark National Forest

Artist Point Trail [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountainburg, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 1.1 mi Elevation gain 446 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Closed

Private property

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Getting There

Please note that this trail/overlook begins at a small shop. The owner of the store has limited parking and may limit trail access. The trail begins to the right of the gift shop, through the gate and down the hill you go. The trail is well marked and you just need to enjoy the views and scenery as you hike along. You'll pass a small bluff when you turn left that has some carvings if you can search them out. There is a spring on the right just before the switchbacks. Be sure to step out on "Lovers Leap" to take in the view before going down the "flight of stairs". You can then find a huge natural rock bridge that spans the creek making it an awesome place to spend a few minutes before continuing. It is steep coming back so this trail is not recommended for the pregnant, elderly or those with health issues.

Park in the gift shop parking lot, trail is on right. Please check in at the gift shop before starting down the trail, they have a visitors log you can sign. When you finish the trail you can go back to the gift shop for refreshments, souvenirs or a jar of some of the best jelly you ever had. You can also enjoy the free museum in the back along with some of the most hospitable folks you care to meet. Be sure to look around, maybe you can find the observation platform and other great view points.

Artist Point Gift Shop Artist Point Gift Shop & Museum 19924 U.S. 71 Scenic Byway P.O. Box 199 Mountainburg, AR 72946 (479) 369-2226 artistp@msn.com

From I40 or Fort Smith head north on I540 to the Mountainburg exit then turn left on 71, maybe 7 miles, really can't miss it look for the Artist Point Gift Shop and Museum. If you are coming from Fayetteville, any exit from West Fork to Winslow to get you over to 71 and head south. Looks like about 5 miles south of Winslow. You'll pass a few places that look like possibilities but keep going until you see the Tower on right and Gift Shop on left.

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Bj Thorn
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Hiking

Only went to the overlook, very beautiful. Hit it close to sunset.

Leah Markum
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Hiking

I went on this trail once a long time ago. It was odd that we had to go inside to check in, yet on the way out the owners forgot we were out there. The trail dives into a valley and at some point we got lost and had to turn back because it started dumping with overflow pumping out of the ground, in conjunction with the poor trail maintenance at the bottom. Despite that, it was a fun experience--just not a great trail.

Mark Jackson
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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.

Lance Hedges
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The owner appears to have no intentions of allowing people on her land anymore. Too bad. I just wish they could be upfront and not tell this tall tale about the mythical black bears to string people along season after season.

Gregory Taylor
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This is a great trail with many small waterfalls and a very beautiful one at the end. UNFORTUNATELY it has been closed for a year and the owner anticipates it being closed until next year. A bear and her cub have taken up residence in the area. This is 2018 and again it may open in 2019.

Annie Shilling
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10/13/17 — Trail closed due to a bear with a cub!

Christopher Welch
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Scenic driving

Very beautiful outlook. Only bad thing is is that the trail is closed currently due to a mother Black Bear and her cub living on the trail.

Steffanie Delgado
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Hiking

We had the trail to ourselves on Memorial day, but the waterfall was just ok. I was expecting a large fall, but it is not. The hike was easy and the trail was nicely kept up.

Diana O.
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Hiking

Great hike. It was beautiful and peaceful. The hike to the falls is not very hard at all. The hike back out is tough. Great workout. I will be going back in the winter to see the frozen falls.

Grace Davidoff
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Hiking

Easy and short on the way down. Rough on the way back up. Clear path & a little waterfall

Eric Mills
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Hiking
Kevin Coleman
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Hiking

it was just okay, the falls is a nice area as long as you're not hiking during the dry season. save some gas for the hike out and be sure to check in with the folks at the store before heading down.

Russell Zuppo
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Hiking

Good short hike to scenic waterfalls. Pretty much 500 ft down and back up. Some interesting rock formations to check out as well, and the view from the top is pretty sweet. I just did this trail in the winter to see the falls frozen. Pretty cool, but be careful the hike down was snow covered and slick.

Miranda Kohout
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Hiking

This is the wrong time of year for waterfalls, but we figured we'd check it out anyway. We were rewarded with a mere trickle, but this is a really nice hike, and it's all about the journey, not the destination, right? You're basically hiking down into the ravine, and then hiking back up out. The trail involves a lot of loose, rock areas, and an energetic dog on a leash could pull you to certain doom. We left ours at home, and enjoyed this short, enervating hike. My husband swears the noise we heard was a bear, but I insist it was a distant cow. Regardless, bear have, apparently, been seen on/near the trail, so keep your wits about you. Do stop in the gift shop! There's a fun selection of jams and mustards, and the little museum is surprisingly interesting. Make sure you get to the back room for the view and to watch the hummingbirds. There's a spectacular view from the back porch, and do take a moment to marvel at all the kudzu.

Mark Jackson
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Hiking

Best part of the trail is the view at the beginning. We had rain the day before so waterfall at the bottom had at least a trickle of water, but plan to go after a few days of heavy rain. Do not be discouraged by what you read about the elevation change; very easy unless you never hike and are expecting an escalator or hand rail. Wife and I hiked with 1.5y/o strapped to chest. Stop by gift shop and see parrot and grab a geode on the way out. 24 mins down/26 mins up.

Kelly Walsh
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Lady at the store says there is a bear out there so I was pretty freaked out going down. The views from the trail did not meet my expectations. However the hike back up the trail was an excellent work out.

Brandon Newman
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Hiking

Pretty place. Multiple falls. Explorable

Troy Hall
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this hike. My three boys did great going down, but coming out was a bit of a challenge for them. Ended up having to carry my 4 year old out. We will forsure be back to explore more of the bottom next time. Waterfall was perfect.

Brittany Harp
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Hiking

It was beautiful. Hard hike back out. Steep but worth it.

Heather Noble
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Hiking

Took my son he's 9 it was kind of hard on him it wasn't a long distance but it was steep.

Garen Dean
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Hiking

Very pretty waterfall, but definitely wait until a good rain. Very few people on the trail, probably saw 10 people the 4 hours we were there, which was really nice. The hike there is easy, but steep, and the hike back is definitely for someone who is rather fit. Not easy

donald p.
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Hiking

Hard climb back out. Worth it, especially when water running. In my opinion not a route for the unfit, very young or older!!

tim traxler
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Hiking

Very easy trail on the way "down". You will need to go after a heavy rain if you want to see the waterfall flowing much at all. Spend hour or so there and get prepared for the "climb" back out. It is just a steady uphill all the way back to the gift shop where you will be able to purchase a cold drink.

Tim Eaton
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Hiking

WARNING! This is not a trail for fat people! lol I very much fit into that category and I didn't know if I was gonna make it back out! The work it took to get there was worth it though.beautiful waterfall!

Jeremi Summerhill
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Hiking

Very nice short hike right off the highway. Easy enough for the entire family, but not sure about strollers. There is a nice waterfall when the water is running.

Emily B.
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Hiking

Quick and easy trek down to the waterfalls, although coming back out is a bit more strenuous. Several great spots to stop and read.

Ronnie L.
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Jessie K
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First to Review

The waterfall was barely running but it was worth the hour we drove here to see it because the rest of the trail was gorgeous. The fall colors in the woods were so pretty... Lots of bright yellows! The view from the trailhead and at the gift shop is amazing as well. My 5 year old did great with some help needed now and then, but I wouldn't suggest this trail for the under 5 kids. Also, the trail is almost all downhill and very steep in some places so be prepared for a tough climb out! Planning to hopefully come back again this fall after a heavy rain and maybe do a winter hike here as well since I'm sure the falls would be dripping with icecicles. I blogged about our adventure here: http://www.adventuresintheozarks.com/2013/11/artist-point-trail-in-mountainburg-ar.html

Jamie Hatchell
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Amanda J.
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