Neil Compton and Amber Falls

MODERATE 14 reviews

Neil Compton and Amber Falls is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pettigrew, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 446 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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trail running

forest

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

off trail

Head into the woods behind the sign (on the left/south side of the road) and bushwack straight down the hill. A small drainage should be just to your right, you will want to follow this all the way down to Whitaker Creek. Once you hit Whitaker Creek, Turn Left and follow the creek downstream, coming to Amber Falls almost immediately. To get to Compton's Double Falls, continue to follow Whitaker Creek downstream, but staying up on the bench up above, keeping the creek just off to your right. You will pass two small drainages along the way, each containing small waterfalls. After about ¾ mile, you will reach the falls; the creek will drop sharply and you should be able to hear the falls, too. It takes a lot of water to get this waterfall running as a double, so save it for a really rainy day. To return, hike back out the same way that you came in. Trails are marked with Orange bands to help guide you so keep an eye out for those in the trees.

hiking
19 days ago

I’d say it’s a little more than a moderate trail. Definitely lightly trafficked as we lost the trail a couple of times but if you follow the creek down you’ll be fine. Loved the waterfall at the end it was well worth the hike. Be sure to check yourself for ticks!

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bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
21 days ago

This trail is hard. The waterfalls are amazing! We saw over 15. The big waterfall is the main attraction. Not worth hiking past that. Definitely go after a good rain.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Very Rocky trail down by the creek/river might want to bring water hiking shoes. Be prepared to do a little climbing. Thought this trail was a harder than moderate. Watch out for poison ivy.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this one after we visited Hawksbill Crag. Easy to follow trail with quite a few falls in the area! Will definitely be going back this fall.

2 months ago

Trails definitely worth doing to see the falls at the end. Such a beautiful site! The trail is full of waterfalls. As someone else stated follow the orange bands. We walked through the woods up on the creek bank to the falls and on the way back walked mostly in the creek. There is a path you can see on the banks of the creeks. This handy app helped tons!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Whitaker creek is beautiful, and there is so much water activity. I would not rate this trail as moderate, though. I may have lost the trail. Had to do a bit of scrambling up and down some steep slopes. Didn’t make it to the end to see Compton falls so will have to go back and do it earlier in the day. Definitely will go after the rains, again. Even without seeing the main falls, the hike was worth it. The creek is just beautiful.

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Definitely has to be one of the more underrated trails in the area went at peak time on a Saturday not a soul on the trail, absolutely beautiful make sure to explore around the area near the end of the trail several beautiful falls in the area, make sure to follow orange bands around trees to the creek then follow the creek till you see the falls, trust me cant miss them, Check them out in the video below, Highly recommend this trail! https://youtu.be/l93nUs2sj0w

5 months ago

One of the best waterfalls in Arkansas. Spectacular when the water is flowing!! Compton’s Double falls is amazing, however there are many other waterfalls to see on this hike including Amber Falls, Owl Falls and many other unnamed waterfalls.

hiking
5 months ago

Little traveled trail to some great falls. Do it when doing Whitaker point.

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