Fern Gully Scenic Area Bushwhack

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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.

2.9 miles 518 feet Out & Back

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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.

3 days ago

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

3 months ago

Very beautiful!

7 months ago

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!

1 year ago

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.

2 years ago

i just walking 15 days here.. feel so bad

rock climbing
2 years ago

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
2 years ago

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

3 years ago

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.