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Big Bluff Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lakeview, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 272 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

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Getting There

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777

Directions from Mountain Home: Travel six miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 5, then eight miles west on Hwy. 178 to the park. The trailheads are located near the campsites along the river.

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Recordings (61)
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Lori Monton
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HikingBugsRocky

We hiked July 14 around 8:30 AM. the trail was great, although I sent my husband ahead with a spider stick to get rid of the webs. It was very rocky in the first part of the hike toward the bluff, so wear good shoes.

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Kirk Arza
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Hiking

Nice hike with a nice view but it was infested with ticks. don't bring your dog!

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melanie pasqua
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HikingRocky

Well Maintained trail, but very rocky. Watch your feet. Pretty views over river, lots of ticks bring bug spray.

Jason Martin
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Hiking

Nicely maintained trail. Lots of rock and tree types. Great view of the damn from the bluff. Nice little clear creek crossing over small wooden bridge. Saw quite a few butterflies and quite a few ticks.

pam sander
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HikingMuddyRocky

The views from the bluff of the White River were beautiful. The rest of the trail was very rocky and very little to see.

Jennifer Lyon
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Moss on the trail was picturesque.

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Jake Whitehead
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Hiking

One of my favorite trails in the area. My personal preference is to take it backwards. The bluff is to the left up an incline, but the view is gorgeous and serene year-round. The rest of trail is pretty breezy. Overall, a perfect little midday excursion.

Sherry K.
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Hiked this and the nearby 3 mile bike loop. Both were well marked and easy to follow. Views from the bluff were amazing and we were able to see a couple bald eagles perched in a tree over the river. Made for an awesome fall Sunday afternoon, had the place to ourselves.

Fred Pemberton
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Hiking

Awesome trail moderate climb up awesome bluff view and moderate climb down

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Cindy Keller
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HikingRocky

1.7 mile loop. Ankle breaking rocks the whole way. It's hard to enjoy the trail when you have to look down every step you take! The woods were nice & shaded. Bluff view was nice, but watch your kids! No fence & a long way down. The bench is falling apart, so be careful trying to sit on it.

Jami Seeman-Begole
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Hiking

I liked the shade this trail provided from Hot Arkansas sun, and the trail head was well marked, but not thereafter. i lost it a few times within the first mile and gave up.

Veronica Pace
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Hiking

Went with my dog 5/19. Nice view of the river from the bluff but nothing else of note. Well maintained and easy to maneuver. Had it to ourselves which was nice.

Courtney Keegan
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Hiking

We stayed 2 nights at the Bull Shoals campgrounds. I took the hike alone at sunset. Beware, the terrain is very rough. lots of boulders and big rocks. Trees and vegetation are cleared out for the most part. Nice cool hike, out of the sun. Creekside portion is fun and bluff overlook is memorable.

Alice Cobb
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Hiking

Trail was well maintained and very shaded, but is very rocky. Ticks were pretty bad so be sure to spray down and take some water with you.

Amy Tomaszewski Allen
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Relatively easy hike up to the bluff. Wait for bluff views until you see the red sign. Rocks in the trail can be slippery - where good shoes!

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Well maintained in most areas, but very rocky as well. Nice, casual inclines with views of the river for payoff. Looking forward to doing this one again. Easily done by my family ranging from 10 to 68 years of age.

Krisandra Sperry
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Hiking

Awesome hike. Amazing view!

Doug Neidholdt
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HikingRocky

I hiked it counter clockwise and recommend this direction. Very rocky with prolific fist sized rocks, some of the worst I have seen on a trail. I would not recommend it for trail running. The trail was well layed and offers a couple river views from the bluff.

Tiger Hurtt
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Hiking

it was ok. trail was marked really good..had a nice little bluff over looking river...but...footing was horrible. very rocky and makes walking difficult in most places.

Miles Thompson
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Hiking

This hike offers a great view of the White River below! The Big Bluff is the main attraction, however, the moss covered trail can be just as picturesque depending upon the time of year!

Camille Gernhart
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It was a pretty trail through the woods. The trail was moss covered on the second half after the view from the bluff. In late summer you can't see much from the bluff. The knats were terrible along with the spiderwebs. There were many deer and squirrels along the trail. In all, very enjoyable.

Haley Medley
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Hiking
Evan Mills
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Hiking

beautiful view, ba safe and stay hydrated as the way back up can take it out of you. it took us 45min on the way down and about 1:15 on the way back up.

Roy Stovall
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Hiking

One of two adjacent loop trails, path leads from Big Bluff Trail to adjoining Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail, the two loops combined total 5 miles.

Darrel Obadal
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Hiking

Very rocky, must have good reflex and balance. Great bluff view!

John Simmons
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Hiking

This is a nice trail but I wouldn't recommend it for people with physical disabilities or small children as it is very rocky. That being said once you reach the bluff...WOW amazing views. there is also a bench to rest at the bluff.

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