Indian Creek Trail

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Indian Creek Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Jasper, 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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

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 .

hiking
38 minutes ago

If you're trying to get really injured or die do this hike! seriously this was the most dangerous and treacherous hike I've ever done. To say that this is not a well marked hike is an understatement. There are NO signs indicating the trail goes to eye of the needle or Indian creek which had us circling the campgrounds and ultimately driving back to somewhere with service to phone a friend and confirm that the buffalo river trail / kyles landing sign was the right place to start. And as if this wasn't already a treacherous "hike" there's a million and one spiderwebs for you to walk face first into (going during summer not advised at all go in fall or spring although I wouldn't go in general). Rocks are extremely slippery. We are in our 20s athletic and in good shape and we still are very much in pain.
I really wish I could say the end made it all worth it but it didn't Bc a) a hiker on his way back said to not go through the eye as it was really slippery and he had injured himself hence why he was high tailing it out so he could stitch up his hand b) the cave and waterfall you could see were anticlimactic. All in all just look up a picture of this place on google it's not worth dying for.

hiking
7 days ago

Seriously one of the Best trails I've been on. If you're looking for adventure, you've found it here! Note towards the end of the trail there are 4 rope lines you must use to get up to the bluff. Once you reach the bluff, you will scale the side to the left. There is a little hole you must pass under then climb just a little more before reaching the Eye of the Needle. There is also a cool little cave just off to the right.

14 days ago

Awesome!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike!! Challenging but worth it!! Not a ton of water, but still a few swimming holes for the kids to swim in!

hiking
2 months ago

We just hiked up the indian creek trail last Friday. Man it was awesome!!!! we went the high road on the way there and then walked the river side on the way back. We were told there wouldn't be any water there at this time of the year, but we went anyways. there was water in many spots flowing. still was an absolute blast to go see. we climbed the bluff and went through the cave and up to the eye of the needle. it was awesome. definitely a trail you do not want to miss. we did catch a couple snakes along the way so be careful, they were copperheads.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite trail in Arkansas so far. Definitely could be dangerous if you go while the creek is up. I recommend taking the bench trail on the bluff when you can. The eye of the needle, the amphitheater, and the cave waterfall are all amazing. The view from the top of the eye is fantastic as well.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing trail, very serene. Took us about 3 hours to make it to the eye of the needle but it was totally worth it. Things along the trail included the King's bathtub, the waterfalls, the amphitheater, and last the Eye of the Needle. It is a hard hike, i would not recommend it for small children. Also wear appropriate shoes for hiking.

backpacking
3 months ago

This trail was an absolute blast. It seems to be it's own unique valley, where bugs are more prevalent but temperatures are lower. There are almost no campsites between the beginning and end of the trail, so we had to improvise and hammock on some of the thicker trees. It looks like the legendary "eye of the needle" rock formation crumbled recently :( vey much worth the hike

backpacking
3 months ago

Excellent. First time in.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

We took the Creek ledge the entire way... couldn't find a way anywhere. Got a little hairy in the rain. So fun.

3 months ago

Amazing and quick. Loved the "jungle" feel.

Tops Richland Creek as the best in AR. loved every minute of it. Made it to the eye, definitely sketchy and you need upper body strength.

warning ....Last rope up to the bluffs, the yellow one is starting to come apart at the top...do not trust it fully.

hiking
4 months ago

ZOMG SRSLY WOW!!!! The scenery on this trail will reduce you to gibbering. Every time you see something awesome, know that an even better site is just around the bend. You will cross back and forth across the creek a lot, and there's no single trail, so you can cross (or not) where and if it seems like a good idea. It's pretty easy to make your way there - there are signs pointing you to Indian Creek on the trail from Kyle's landing. After a bit, you're in an "unmaintained" area, but following the creek will get you where you're going. It's all beautiful, just take your time and enjoy it.

I don't know if the danger and difficulty of this hike merits all the hyperbole. It's a REAL hike. Parts of it are hard. You should not do this in flip-flops. You should bring water, and a first-aid kit, and maybe a snack. These things should be in a pack so your hands are free. You should not bring your small child/ren or YOUR DOG (they are not allowed and would make this much harder). That said, I am glad I decided to bring a buddy for this one. It *would* be easy to slip and injure yourself, possibly to the point of not being able to walk back out under your own steam, and cell service is non-existent. And yes, grabbing those ropes and scrambling up to the bluff might be beyond what you feel is safe. In which case, you would end your hike there, no big deal.

In that spirit, while I did scramble up and through the bluff to continue on to the Eye of the Needle, I chose not to go any further than that. According to the Ernst book, there's lots more to see if you keep going, but it did not seem remotely worth it.

Hiking back, we took the trail that goes up to the top of the bluff, and the views are amazing. If heights aren't your thing, stick to the creek, as the trail goes right along the edge in parts.