Glory Hole Waterfall Trail

MODERATE 318 reviews
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Glory Hole Waterfall Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

rocky

The trail in to the waterfall is all downhill, so the hike out is all uphill. The trail starts out as an old jeep trail and turns into a narrow path. The destination is the waterfall. The waterfall is unique in that the water has worn through the ledge and plummets through a round hole. The trail in to the water fall is all down hill, so the hike out is all up hill. The trail starts out as an old jeep trail and turns into a narrow path. The destination is the water fall. The water fallis unique in that the water has worn through the ledge and plummets through a round hole instead of over the ledge. Thus the name Glory Hole. Always best to hike in the spring or late fall when water is flowing. Well worth the hike. use extreme caution approaching the water fall from the top

hiking
26 days ago

loved the area, it would have been better in spring or fall but still beautiful. parking for this area is horrible, I rode a motorcycle there and it was difficult to get out of. a low car would also have trouble.

hiking
1 month ago

Should be the 8th wonder of the world!

1 month ago

More of a 4-wheeler trail...beautiful hollow with the falls

hiking
2 months ago

A little disappointing. There was hardly any water in the creeks so it wasn’t very impressive. It’s was neat just not as cool as I thought it would be. It’s super short and easy so I guess it’s worth a look.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of great smells, wildlife, and varied terrain throughout this hike. Would definitely recommend and do again.

2 months ago

The glory hole itself is pretty cool, but there are WAY better trails around this area. One of the last ones I would recommend. Hit this one up last. Easy hike, but nothing incredible.

2 months ago

Awesome scenery!

hiking
2 months ago

It was totally worth the hike down and out to see this beautiful waterfall area. Lots of different wildflowers, a friendly rat snake, and tons of squirrels. I would be careful to take my kids until they are older.

hiking
3 months ago

It's listed as a moderate trail meaning most anyone could take it. My favorite thing about this trail is the multiple paths you could take that brings you to smaller waterfalls and caves. The sights are extremely beautiful and definitely worth the trip.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike, but not necessarily for the waterfall itself. The hike to the falls was pretty closed in and had a lot of pollen (pretty typical of this time of year). The falls were cool, but unfortunately there was no place to swim. However, it gets 4 stars because of the insane boulder field just past the falls. It is full of incredible bouldering and slab climbing. It may take some creativity to get to the tops and build anchors for toproping, but I could personally spent hours or days in that boulder field if I had know to bring a rope. It is mostly high quality rock (much like horseshoe), even if it is kind of dirty.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful area. loved this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Enjoyed this hike ... interesting feature.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Very rocky, make sure to wear safe shoes. All uphill going out so be prepared to get a good workout!

hiking
4 months ago

This turned out to be my favorite hike of our short trip. I'm generally a stickler for staying on the real trail, but we were in Jasper talking to a forest service ranger who told us that many people didn't know you could walk down to the stream early on and hike along it to the Glory Hole. So that's what we did. It was beautiful! There were lots of little cascades and interesting rocks along the way. Once you get to the Glory Hole itself, the stream, the bluffs, the undercut, the glory hole waterfall, and everything is just fantastic! Be sure to see it from above as well. Again, we had the place to ourselves, enjoyed our snacks, and thanked God for such a wonderful place.

hiking
4 months ago

Great short, quick hike... after a big rain, several waterfalls for 3/4 of the entire trail.

4 months ago

Awesome trail, make sure to take a right at the fork about 10 mins in. Just follow the trail and you will get there. coming out is all uphill but not to bad. Took us 40 mins to get out.

hiking
4 months ago

Great little spot to explore. Lots of water in the creek which made for a very cool place.

hiking
4 months ago

The actual falls were beautiful. The hike was more like a road and it had a convoy of Polaris type vehicles on it. The water was running and We had the falls to ourselves.

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked, easy trail with some beautiful sights! Had lunch on the rocks by the falls on a gorgeous day. All up hill heading back, and my husband had to carry our little one on his shoulders some.

hiking
4 months ago

Short,relatively easy trail. We did this hike later in the afternoon and we were able to avoid the crowds. On the way out you are going down so coming back it is uphill. Had some good rain this week so the water was flowing good. A very scenic trail with various rock formations.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy and short trail. You can adventure past Glory hole for a bit going along the bluffs, but not very far. Worth going to at least once!

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely stunning! Steep on the route back but totally worth it!!

4 months ago

Easy trail, nice falls! Very crowded.

4 months ago

Cute, short hike with some amazing geology. We found a few fossils along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun going down, not so fun coming back up! Short round trip with some amazing scenery.

5 months ago

The trail is easy to follow and the glory hole is impressive! Lots of rocks to climb on if you continue on the trail!

hiking
5 months ago

Took my youngest son this past weekend. Lots of water. Some ankle and hip turners on the way down and the rocks were very slippery. If you use the trail next to the stream, there are some hidden holes. Just be careful.

5 months ago

Especially after rain this is gorgeous!

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful and short trail! great for if you only have a few hours. be sure to bring a truck because the parking for this trail in nonexistent.

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