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Indian Creek Trail is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and canoeing and is accessible year-round.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 751 ft Route type Out & Back

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Cave

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Bugs

Muddy

Over grown

Rocky

Scramble

Off trail

No dogs

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Getting There

Please note that this is not an official trail, is unmaintained, and can be very dangerous. Proceed with caution. Indian Creek trail is known for the most accidents in the Buffalo River trail system. To reach the falls you must scramble through a rocky creek, at times wading through water or you must travel on the sheer edge of a high bluff, or a combination of the above. The reward is in the scenery.

Kyles Landing campground is located at the trailhead. Primitive for fee camping available. Picnic area, nice restrooms. Primitive camping is also allowed in the wilderness 500 feet of the trail. Kyles landing is also a a launch area for those canoeing the Buffalo River.

Steel Creek Ranger Station, 870-861-2570.

From Ponca, hwy 43 and hwy 73, travel east to Kyles landing road, which is BSA's scout camp exit, turn north on the gravel rd. and stay left at the intersection, road dead ends at the campground. Trail head is at the west end of the campground.

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Jessi Koenig
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HikingFloodedRockyScrambleWashed out

So I did this hike a couple weeks ago and it was a fantastic hike. You follow the trail until the creek and then it’s basically figuring your own way up stream crossing back and forth the whole time. I made the mistake of going after a big rain ( and while it was raining) although we saw TONS of BEAUTIFUL pop up waterfalls. My dad and I are expierenced hikers and we ended up taking my niece and nephew (13 and 11) so they could get out of the house for once. Big mistake. They were troopers not complaining in the pouring rain crossing a creek. But man that creek rises fast. I have very well insulated water resistant non slip boots that I have worn during many hiking rainstorms and they work perfectly. But when I tell you how hard it was to keep my footing. Because of the creek rising it really limited out trail. And the rocks and the Cliff ledges were all so narrow and slippery. We were forced to hike on 15 foot drop of rock ledges where you shimmy holding onto the ledge and back down.Now being expierenced if I were on my own I would’ve been smart and came back another day at this point but with the kids being in town I wanted to make their trip worth it so we kept going. Big mistake. Finally after about 2.5 miles in the creek got so high and so wide there were no more crossing areas. It was rushing like a river and what once was a 2 foot deep area my trekking pole pulled all the way out would no longer touch the bottom. it became so dangerous I finally made the decision that even two expierenced hikers couldn’t safely continue much less two kids. So we turned around and went back. The trail was absolutely stunning. Without the rain we wouldn’t have seen all the waterfalls that we had but I’m interested to see it without rain. Just word of caution it looks manageable with some time and some dry weather but be prepared for anything this trail throws at you because it is an unforgiving one.

Magnolia N
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Hiking

This route (not really a trail, except in a few spots) has the best scenery, but is so slippery and dangerous. Don’t do it alone. The trailhead is at the far left end of the Kyle’s Landing parking lot. The first couple signs won’t mention Indian Creek at all. Allow plenty of time. It will be slow going.

Seth Harper
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Completed 6 June 2020. Awesome “trail”, but not an easy stroll. With lots of recent rain there was small waterfalls, downhill runoff, mud, and many slick crossings both on the “creek” and at several points on the trail. Very much manageable, but good hiking boots and lots of drinking water highly recommended. Rope climb at the end was also worth it!

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Austin Smith
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Hiking

Challenging trail, at the beginning you need to follow the Steel Creek signs and they will lead you to the Indian Creek Trail. Trail says 5.4 miles, but you go another half mile at the end to see the “eye of the needle” it’s really ends up being 12 miles total, and that’s if you don’t do any extra bushwhacking.

Bri Mobley
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HikingRocky

Fun trail! I loved climbing the ropes at the end to see the rock cave! If you keep going a quarter of a mile past the cave, you’ll get to another formation called “The Window” and it’s pretty during the afternoon! We heard hikers say to stay following the river bed as much as possible because of all the poison ivy on the trail so heads up.

john h.
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HikingMuddyOff trail

Great trail. The ropes were unexpected but it was still a great trail just be ready to climb. It is easy to get off the trail but we just followed the creek and got back on track.

Anna Baes
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

My favorite death hike! If your physically capable, the views that this trail provides are well worth the effort. We hiked through a thunder storm today and it was magical!

Sabra Nickels
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Hiking

What an adventure! This trail has some maintained sections and some bushwhacking sections so be ready! It’s still generally easy to follow and worth the experience. It’s muddy, you’ll cross the river, you’ll climb the ropes and see all sorts of water flowing from every direction down the mountain. There’s a few swimming holes deep enough to jump in. Definitely recommend!

Cassidy Dryer
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Hiking

Went to hike this on Saturday, May 9th, and it was closed to the public. Will make another trip when it re-opens!

Gunner Hales
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Rock climbing

Eye of needle cave is on this one.. so awesome!

Meghan Denhartog
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Excellent experience, but not for the faint of heart. Sections of the trail (which isn’t technically a trail) are steep, muddy, slick, treacherous, and dizzying due to height. Roughly 9 miles round trip. Be prepared to scale a 20 foot cliff using ropes and climb up a steep hill covered in cave mud (also using ropes). Sections of the trail require the hiker to traverse slick rock face over sometimes significant heights. Still my favorite death hike yet...

Emily Wilson
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HikingMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Loved this hike, it’s a perfect spring hike to see lots of waterfalls. Scenery gets better and as you go along. This isn’t a hike I would recommend for kids as there are several places you could easily fall. The rope section can be a bit difficult, very thankful to those that added the ropes. There was plenty of water flowing from all the waterfalls along the way, but none from the Eye unfortunately. Still an amazing site to see. My recording is one way and goes all the way to the Eye of the Needle. I did take some small detours for pictures but never left sight of the path. There seems to be a walking path along both sides of the creek most of the way, other times you just walk along the creek.

rick Washburn
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Hiked this trail several times. The best route is follow the creek from the top all the way down but know your limits. The trail is technical and can be dangerous especially above the eye of the needle.

Xylena Nichols
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HikingMuddyRocky
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