Glory Hole Waterfall Trail

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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
3 days ago

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

hiking
3 days 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
6 days ago

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

10 days 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
12 days ago

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

hiking
12 days 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
17 days 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
20 days 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
27 days 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
28 days ago

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

28 days ago

Easy trail, nice falls! Very crowded.

29 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Especially after rain this is gorgeous!

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Went with my wife it was great the way up lol now that was fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Falls were frozen this January due to extremely cold temps. Parking is limited and there is a large drop off from the road to the parking area. Small cars beware!

hiking
3 months ago

A steep hike down with not much to look at, but the bottom makes it worth it! We kept exploring further down the creek, and there is so much to see down there as well, if you have a few extra minutes. Then, of course, there is a steep, but not too long, hike back up to your car. The worst part of the hike was the parking! Unless you have a pick-up truck or a Jeep you will have some difficulty getting in/out of the side of the road.

3 months ago

the trail starts on a dirt road. it is pretty steep but worth the hike to the end.

4 months ago

Went when it was dry just a trickle coming through the hole. Bet it is beautiful after a good rain. Hope to go again when icicles are formed later this winter.

4 months ago

Would love to do it after a rain when water is
Flowing through the hole.

5 months ago

Very rocky trail. Easier to walk back up. The big rocks are slippery. Beautiful hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Really beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

It was pretty dry (early Oct) but still a fun hike with a good destination.

hiking
6 months ago

Good trail, just go after a good rain.

6 months ago

This trail is very rewarding. It begins with a moderate decline of elevation into the forest. As the trail drops in elevation it also becomes a bit more rugged. Some wonderful photo opportunities!
You'll know the "glory hole" when you see it, but there's more... a lot more!
Find your way down below the falls, pull up a rock and soak it all in.
But don't forget... you've got to hike back up.

6 months ago

It was totally dry but still really cool

hiking
7 months ago

It is best to wait to see Glory Hole Falls until after a good rain. The most difficult part of this trail might be finding a decent place to park along highway 16/21. There's no sign on the road indicating the trail head. The trail into the falls starts out nicely but then progressively gets more narrow and difficult as you walk down. If it has been raining then you should get to see a good stream of water pouring through the hole in the ceiling of the rock overhang that is Glory Hole Falls. If not, then you will get to see a hole in the ceiling of the rock overhang. Once you are finished then you have to climb back out the trail you came down to get here. It is not an impossible trail, but you will feel better about it if the water is actually flowing at the falls.

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