Big Creek Cave Falls

HARD 9 reviews

Big Creek Cave Falls is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vendor, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
203 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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This is a hike/bushwhack that sticks mainly to an old road, but does require some minor trail-less adventuring. The hike is featured in Tim Ernst's Waterfalls book, but the route he describes is no longer recommended, as his way is much more difficult. The area is used lightly, but gets enough traffic that you should be able to find the three major sites here without too much difficulty. That said, you'll find this hike much easier in the late fall to early spring, during leaf-off. This hike features two large waterfalls, several small falls along a beautiful creek with large boulders, and two caves, one of which you may explore and one for which entrance is prohibited in order to protect the local bats.

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3 months ago

Trail was not as clearly defined as anticipated. There were many atv/off-road tracks in different directions making it difficult to navigate. Waterfall was beautiful and marked with orange surveying tape. Trail was pet friendly with the exception of a cattle gate crossing point. Don't go this time of year if your afraid of spiders, there were webs across the width of the entire trail. Overall great trip!

3 months ago

LOVED this trail. It was gorgeous! The previous hikers that posted they marked the trail to one of the falls - thank you it was helpful- once u go back to the main trail it will take you to the cave, although you can't go in as there are endangered and federally protected bats living here- it was still beautiful to see and snap a few pictures from the outside.

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6 months ago

This is an adventure! We have done this hike twice now, and find it to be a great outing when looking to avoid the usual weekend crowds. Enough people visit these waterfalls that the unmaintained trails here remain visible. Though we did add some survey tape in key points on this trip. For the most part, you're hiking on an old road bed - it's easy hiking through a lovely forest along a gorgeous creek.

The one "choose your own adventure" portion of the hike is crossing the first wide, open field. Head straight through, and then to the right until you see the road again. It seems like people take ATVs/ORVs back here somewhat frequently. On both visits, we've been able to follow vehicle tracks at least part of the way.

The waterfalls and caves are spectacular, and the waterfalls seem to run year-round. Big Creek Cave Falls is the "wow" falls, but Wolf Creek Cave Falls may be the prettier of the two. Big Creek Cave is explorable for the truly intrepid, but even the more timid can wander a little and explore.

Several of AR's most popular hikes are in this area (Lost Valley, Hawksbill Crag, etc.), so this could be an excellent addition to a weekend of exploring the Buffalo River area.

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8 months ago