Glory Hole Waterfall Trail [CLOSED]

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Ozark National Forest

Glory Hole Waterfall Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.8 mile heavily 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 nature trips 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

nature trips

forest

views

waterfall

rocky

closed

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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 waterfall is 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. It is always best to hike in the spring or late fall when water is flowing. Please use extreme caution approaching the waterfall from the top.

hiking
1 day ago

This trail was great! Went a few days after a good rain and the water was really flowing which was fun to see. This trail can be leisurely or as hard as you want to make it. There are plenty off shoots of trails to explore the area or follow the creek down as far as you can. Definitely will be coming back to do this one again!

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Beautiful hike!

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muddy
rocky
3 days ago

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Absolutely beautiful and worth the muddy hike. Highly recommended.

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

rock climbing
24 days ago

This is just cool!!

hiking
26 days ago

This trail is closed. I went on 4/29/20 to find large orange barrels and yellow tape blocking the entrance with a government sign stating the trail was closed until further notice.

hiking
1 month ago

Glory Hole trail was amazing. I brought my 9 yr old with me as well. Nice wide trail, beautiful waterfalls, caves, streams, colorful water. The top is where the huge turtle shell like formation is located. Must’ve rained days prior to our visit bc it was gushing. We were there by ourself. When we exited trail, they had just taped up the entrance to close off due to Corona virus.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this trail! Such a pretty waterfall. A lot better than I was expecting!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, with options to stay on main trail or hike along water stream.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is well marked throughout the entire hike. It takes you to the top of the waterfall first and then down to the bottom. We went after a really big rain so the waterfall was really flowing, the trail was muddy in some parts but overall great! You can either cross the creek or walk to the far side of the falls and continue hiking if you want. The are some boulders and bluff walls over there if you like to climb! The hike on the way out is basically all uphill but still doable for beginners/kids/dogs. Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to follow trail, but not well marked . We came to the glory hole from the top opening first... it will sneak up on you for sure. I feel it was more awesome seeing it from the top first, because it was like bam here it is. We went after it had been raining a few days earlier and it still wasn’t as flowing as I had hoped. It appears from the grooves in the stone that it can flow pretty good at times. Still very nice to experience. Going to it was easy, getting back out felt three times longer

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous spot would highly recommend!! It can be a little difficult in areas but made it with 2 Great Danes strapped on a runners leash.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail. Always rocky here in NWA, but still a good trail. Waterfall and Glory Hole were both good, especially Glory Hole! Very unique!

hiking
2 months ago

We drove two hours (from Cabot) to get to the trail. We did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be such a great hike! The trail is nice, and in many places wide and very doable with the family. There were many, many things to see along the way, so it’s not just the Gloryhole that is so awesome. There’s lots of little waterfalls as you walk down the trail, and you can actually walk right up by the stream and go off of the main trail, getting a pretty constant view and sound of the water! Once you make it down to the Gloryhole, there are lots of places to sit and relax and take in the sights and the sounds. The sound of rushing water was so relaxing on a pretty warm day! Going back up the trail is moderately rigorous, but it doesn’t last long! My kids, who have hiked many places in Arkansas, said this is their very favorite trail!!! If you have never been, or even if you have, what a fun and awesome place to hike!!!! Oh, and bring an extra change of clothes and shoes for the kids, because they were in and out of the Gloryhole dozens of times! 3/26/20

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail. Kid friendly. Pretty muddy but worth it because all the rain makes for amazing waterfalls.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Had a great time today with “social distancing”. 1st time here. Newby. Little muddy but not bad. Easy downhill, tough goin back up. Had a heavy backpack, won’t do that again.

hiking
2 months ago

Once we found it, we enjoyed it. We drove past it multiple times, though. The trail is in pretty good shape. If you can manage to hike this after it rains, it’s even more impressive.

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muddy
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Good trail. Yesterday it was muddy in spots. It was beautiful to see the waterfall. We climbed down to see water falling from the hole at the bottom.. Very cool, but had to be very careful. We could had easily fallen. Going down the trail was easy. Down hill all the way with some flat trail walking. Uphill 3/4 of the way back was a different story. Wear boots.... makes it much easier than wearing athletic shoes.

hiking
2 months ago

Really great trail to start the day with! We hiked it a day after a light rain, and some parts of the trail were slippery/muddy, but still doable. The beginning of the trail isn’t very exciting, but once you get about half a mile in, it’s totally worth the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice walk down but pretty steep coming back up. Totally worth it though. Glory hole is amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

One of my personal favorites! We enjoy climbing down and being near the water coming through the rock!

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite hike! Beautifully breathtaking scenery. Definitely a moderate hike. And definitely worth your travel to get there! All nestled in the mountain. Just amazingly beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

2-29-20 we went to hike the Glory hole trail. Great trail, easy to find. There is a sign off the road to find the trailhead. We loved the big boulders to climb on. There was a nice waterfall through the hole. We saw all ages on the trail. Recommend this one!

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