Eagle Rock Loop

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Eagle Rock Loop is a 28.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Caddo Gap, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
28.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4553 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

Directions from Glenwood area: There are 5 trailheads. (1.) Albert Pike Recreation Area off Highway 369. ( 2.) Little Missouri Falls on Forest Road 25. (3.) 4 miles west of Little Missouri Falls on Forest Road 25. (4. &5.) east of Bard Springs Recreation Area on Forest Road 106.

3 days ago

Love this trail!!!!

backpacking
4 days ago

Drove up from Austin and did the loop in just over 2 days. Day 1 was all 6 peaks, tough, but rewarding and some great views. Day 2 was much easier and lots of water holes to jump in to and cool off. The road leading to the SW parking location is super rocky and at times I though I might have to turn my Camry around

9 days ago

Amazing loop, did it in 3 days 2 nights. The first day with the 6 big hills are tough. Make sure to prep. Other than that, amazing trail. Tons of water available hope I do it again soon.

10 days ago

Hard trail, but worth it.

20 days ago

hiking
20 days ago

I had an awesome time on this trail. I'll try and get more people to join me at another time.

hiking
21 days ago

21 days ago

While lacking the majesty of many national parks, it's a great trail with many features and an easy drive from DFW.

The difficult: there are multiple water crossings, rocky trails, and the hike up and down the ridges aren't messing around--very few switchbacks, just straight up/down. My group went counter clockwise, and there are some portions of the trail along Little Missouri that aren't as clearly marked. We spent a few hours back tracking.

The easy: there is sufficient access to water and if you use the map and take into consideration the distance between water sources, you can keep your weight down by not carrying too much water. There are many good camp sites throughout the trail.

This was my first backpacking loop. Overall I found it pleasantly challenging.

backpacking
23 days ago

Hiked this on the 30th. Took me 16 1/2 hrs. The mountains will definitely tire you out, nice bored at the top though. Defending is a bit painful if you have bad knees. After those it's easy sailing. Plenty of water around if you don't wait till your last drop. Beautiful place though

hiking
25 days ago

Myself and 2 friends hiked to the Eagle Rock Vista from "Winding Stairs Rd" on the east side of the river. We passed the nice waterfall and spring on Viles Branch on the way to where the Eagle Rock Loop and the Athens/Big Fork trails intersect. 75% of the hike was leisurely but the hike from where the two trails intersect to the Eagle Rock Vista was a gasser!!! I'm not out of shape, I'm just a heavy breather!! LOL!! It was well worth it though! The views were AWESOME!! We will do this hike again and plan to camp somewhere over night. Most people who are fairly active could do the hike to the Vista with several breaks on the way. GO DO IT!!!

backpacking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with challenges and rewards galore. Beautiful and secluded swimming holes and lots of wildlife along the way. Many people have left trash at campsites, which was depressing. Why if you love nature enough to hike out to a pristine forest, would you then ruin it with your garbage? Otherwise, a stellar experience.

backpacking
1 month ago

Very challenging 26 mile loop trail with several steep peaks on the southern half. Trail can be cut in half thanks to a gravel maintenance road. Several water crossings mostly less than knee deep but also lots of water to (filter) drink. Campsites are plentiful and usually in good shape near water sources. Pay attention to markers as you cross the Little Missouri or you could find yourself off the trail. Can be hot and humid in the summer. Fall is beautiful with the leaves changing across the valleys at several overlooks.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

difficult, sometimes strenuous...
very rewarding.
we got lost the WHOLE FIRST DAY.
follow your blazes.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

camping
2 months ago

early start and good pace and it is ok but if you have the time and the conditions are right start in the SW corner and attack the hills going clockwise then camp at the top of the last one on the first night and after that spend two more nights enjoying the water and surroundings at a leisurely pace