Fern Gully Scenic Area Bushwhack is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ozark, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 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
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

paddle sports

rock climbing

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

rocky

scramble

Fern Gully is known for its rock cliffs that have become popular with rock climbers. In high water one waterfall called the Rocket Slide, is popular among kayakers. Though it is quite a bushwhack to get there. One can bushwhack a mile or do five. One can easily spend a day exploring. There is a small gravel parking lot at the trailhead. If you follow the bluff south a short distance you will find a bear crack to give you easy access to the valley floor.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike in a secluded area!! Once we finally found our way to the trail, we loved every minute of it. There are amazing rock structures, a crystal clear creek, lots of pine trees and gorgeous views. We were not disappointed! The trail itself was not very difficult but it was tough to locate the trailhead. Once you get to the parking area described by others, you will walk down what looks like an atv trail and look for the trail to go off to the right (up a hill). We missed it but eventually found our way. If we had been looking at the app, we probably wouldn’t have missed it. The trail is not marked well at all but occasionally you will see blue tape tied to trees showing the general direction.

rock climbing
10 months ago

awesome area. tons of rock and creek to explore!

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Incredible place. Took the long way past the pond and came in the back.

hiking
Friday, November 25, 2016

Very beautiful!

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

This place is an amazing. Although the trail is hard to follow, you can explore the area for hours, boulder hopping and climbing in and out of large rock crevices. Fascinating area!

hiking
Sunday, October 04, 2015

This is a fun area to explore. There are actually some established trails leading towards the Bear Crack and around the ridge line. We tried to find the Rocket Slide waterfall, but the water was very low. There is a rock cairn marking what we think was supposed to be the waterfall.

The general location was fairly easy to find. The turn off 215 is marked with a small rock cairn. When you get to the right turn to go to the parking area, the correct road is marked with orange ribbons tied around a couple of pine trees. There is an area with a picnic table where someone had set up a tent, and there were a couple of fire rings by the trails for other camping locations. The road down is a little rough, but someone had made it down in an Audi sedan with fancy wheels.

walking
Thursday, March 19, 2015

i just walking 15 days here.. feel so bad

rock climbing
Friday, February 13, 2015

This is an outdoor gym if you like to climb. Great moderates and also a great list of classics up to 5.12 to tick off the list. Thanks to Jerry Barnett for bolting this place. If you've never been, it's a great place to spend the day hiking or climbing, then come back to the car and camp comfortably. Or you can trek into the wood for 20 miles if thats your style. Either way, Fern is definitely worth a visit. There is an alternate campsite down the road past the main site and across the creek if the main site is full. Beware of the Ivy in the summertime!!!!

rock climbing
Monday, September 29, 2014

I climb here too. But I know it as fragel rock.

hiking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

Fern Gully is a great area to bushwack down to the falls as you explorer great rock formations. Spend a day, you won't be disappointed.

hiking
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hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017