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.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 751 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

off trail

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. 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.

hiking
23 hours ago

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.

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

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.

hiking
muddy
off trail
6 days ago

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.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
11 days ago

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!

hiking
20 days ago

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!

hiking
22 days ago

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

rock climbing
1 month ago

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

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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...

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We hiked this trail from Kyle’s Landing to the Eye of the Needle. It follows the river for quite a ways until you get to the climbing ropes. Then it takes you to one of the, if not the best views you’ll see on this trail. The Eye isn’t much farther after the climb. It’s challenging but worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing place! Definitely one of my favorite ones, Arkansas is beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite trail in Arkansas.... beautiful!

hiking
bugs
rocky
3 months ago

My absolute favorite day-hike in Arkansas. Hiked this trail in July 2019 - Plenty of foliage offering protection from the sun, water showering from moss on the rock walls, but unfortunately no water flowing thru the eye when I visited. Ran into a beautiful Copperhead slithering across the trail (see in photos)

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
3 months ago

Well, I wouldn’t necessarily say this hike was easy. Although it was beautiful, hiking to the rope was not very fun. My friend and I got stuck off trail several times and didn’t know how to get back. If your someone who LOVES rolling you feet on rocks, falling face first into spiders, setting your hands down on snakes, and getting eaten alive by bugs, this is definitely the hike for you! This trail is very nice in spring, BUT DO NOT GO IN THE SUMMER.

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