Cecil Cove Loop Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews

Cecil Cove Loop Trail is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
869 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

bugs

no dogs

This is a scenic trail that crosses Cecil creek several times, has bluffs, historic homsteads, and old cemetery.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail is best hiked when there has been some rain and there is plenty of water. Allow for extra time and be ready to explore side paths in order to find extra features. I missed the waterfall because I missed the path that branches off of the main trail. I was hiking too fast and never saw the cemetery. There is a large cave, but again you have to leave the main trail on a side path to find it. None of these features are marked so you really have to look for them. In order to complete the loop you must stay on the main trail until you reach a gravel road, then take a left on the gravel road to return to the trailhead. Check out the large sink hole on your right as you hike the gravel road back.

1 month ago

Hiked the portion that hugs Cecil creek at times to the area where the small cave is. Decent trail a bit grown up in places.

2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Best to take the route from highway 7, the road from Compton was very poor, saw cars and even suv's having to turn around. Trail also wasn't maintained as well as others in some parts, but still a great area. I ended up bushwhacking to the falls. Box canyon is a little bit slick on the way there. Cool cave about halfway through the loop.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Note: Do NOT let Google Maps direct you to the trail head. I did this once when visiting only Thunder Canyon last summer. That road is the WORST (NC 2700). On the plus side, all other roads in Arkansas are smooth, expansive boulevards by comparison!

Lovely hike, particularly the first couple of miles. The side trail to Thunder Canyon is a MUST. It's 1.2 miles, round trip, from the main trail. I was not able to find Paige/Broadwater Falls. Ernst's directions are vague, and having the coordinates in my GPS wasn't really helpful. Cecil Creek is beautiful and there's so much to see.
The old road up to the bench is a bit steep for a long time, but it's not too bad. Once up on the bench, the trail was wet and muddy. The springs, creeks, waterfalls, and old home sites more than make up for it, though.
I had wandered a long time trying to find Paige Falls, and was wiped out, plus it was getting late. So I chose the option of taking the road back. Now I have a couple of reasons to go back!

6 months ago

If you do the thunder canyon falls portion it is a great hike. Either way, beautiful diverse landscape. we had to wade across the Buffalo river on a cold day but the payoff was worth it!!

backpacking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Fun hike. Tons to see.

7 months ago

7 months ago

Great hike, awesome cave. needs some markers so you can find the things that are hidden away. other than that, amazing

8 months ago

Beautiful- take all the trails- the Falls are really nice- Thunder Canyon Falls can be tricky after a rain- slick! Devil's Den is quite a sight too

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Long and not that good

Sunday, July 24, 2016

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Monday, June 06, 2016

Friday, May 06, 2016

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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Have hiked this several times in all seasons. There are several things to see on this trail. If time allows, I suggest taking the spur trails to Thunder Canyon Falls, Broadwater, and Paige Falls.