Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rocks

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Ozark National Forest

Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rocks is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pelsor, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 580 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

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muddy
5 days ago

Great afternoon. No bugs, comfortable low 70’s. Next time I’ll go down to the cliff bottom.

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flooded
muddy
11 days ago

Really muddy and wet in some spots. Wear shoes that you don’t care if they get wet and muddy. Some neat stuff to see on Kings bluff trail. Was not impressed with pedestal rocks. You are just walking in the woods with nothing to see. You come to some rocks that you can’t see due to trees.

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muddy
15 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful hike. We did both loops. Highly recommend hiking down to the base of the Kings bluff waterfall - it’s steep but manageable and worth it!

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muddy
off trail
18 days ago

I took a chance hiking here the day after substantial rain, knowing the waterfall would be running. With a little effort, I was able to see 5 waterfalls, including going to the base of the 114’ waterfall on the King’s Bluff trail. I hiked here previously in February 2019, and there’s advantages to hiking here before the trees leaf. But, other than the muddy trails, sometimes with a nice cascade flowing down them, it was a very nice hike!

hiking
18 days ago

Trails were a bit muddy but that's to be expected after heavy rain. But muddy trails usually lead to lots of bonus waterfalls & cascades!!! Kings Bluff Falls was REALLY showing out after the rain. Both trails are easy to hike. Not much elevation change. Beautiful views, incredible rock formations, and lots to explore. I'll definitely go back during leaf-off.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery, take lots of water if you’re doing both loops. We couldn’t figure out how to get down to cave rocks or bottom of the waterfalls, could be better marked. Enjoyed the shady parts.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing area to hike. Lots of variety to see including waterfalls, caves, bluffs, rock formations... One of my favorite hikes!

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muddy
2 months ago

Great day hike trails with some top notch scenery. Well traveled trail with a mostly nice surface. Rocky and muddy in places.

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muddy
rocky
2 months ago

Fantastic payoff hikes with great valley views from cliff side. The pedestals are amazing and the setting for King's Bluff is memorable.

hiking
2 months ago

It was sick

hiking
2 months ago

We went in June. It was a wonderful trail to just enjoy. Not rush. Enjoy the rock formations and the views. Absolutely lovely

hiking
4 months ago

We did both trails today. Beautiful day for hiking. We did the trails clockwise and at the end we were smoked. Going and exploring all the caves first the back around to the falls. We went to the base of the falls and the hike back up took most of the wind out of our sails. The scenery was beautiful. We were able to avoid most of the mud. It wasn’t crowded but we passed many others. Snapped some nice photos and made some great memories. Next time we will try counter clockwise like was recommended.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike about a week ago with my brother; the leaves had already changed and fallen, so while we missed the nice colors, we certainly had great views. Enjoyed exploring the bluffs. Hiked the trail exactly as indicated here, and that was definitely the way to do it. Took us about 2 hours, maybe a little more, but we were definitely taking our time and exploring.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Easy to moderate, easy to follow and find; however, no real markings. Would be even better when the leaves turn and/or fall. Did not see anyone else on a weekday in late September.

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bugs
10 months ago

I went solo... did Kings Bluff first, it’s abit overgrown, but easy to find/ stay on trail, mostly shaded so didn’t feel too hot... not enough water for a good waterfall, but still good views! A few fences at cliff sides have missing rails, so be mindful of kids/ pets! Good variety of up/down... the trail can get abit close to edge, so be mindful especially if seeing down below *right there* makes you nervous/ dizzy, but it’s doable.... Pedestal Rocks trail conditions about the same re: overgrown and dry... hard to see a lot of the cool rock formations with full foliage on trees, but still a nice hike overall. Note: there is a large tree down across PR trail (~1/2 mile in if you start on PR trail), you can get around it, just be aware it takes a little scramble/ up and over. This time of year make sure to wear bug spray and long pants! I flicked a decent sized deer tick off my pant leg at the end!

hiking
10 months ago

Great Day hike!! Beautiful scenery!!

hiking
10 months ago

Bear country! Awesome bluffs with amazing views .. amazing doesnt quite put it into words.. very visible trail , quite a few caves if u like to take the alternate route! feel like the trails would be even prettier in early spring late fall but overall a fantastic hike!! great way to spend a day!!

hiking
10 months ago

Came July 21. Due to high heat conditions we started at 8:30. Intended to do both trails but only did pedestal due to king being very overgrown and rising heat. (We had shorts on and not pants). Do wear bug spray. At trail head we went clockwise (left). Some over growth but manageable. Found a branch and used it to clear path of webs. Most pedestals are covered with tree growth but can glimpse them. This direction you come to rock formation that looks like an arch or bridge and it’s neat to see. Little ways down you do come to some fenced overlooks of valley. Just past this you come to where you are on top of bluffs. What is unique here is there are crevices that you can see through to the ground below and bluff caves. They have fenced around one dangerous spot and almost covered some others with large boulders. A child or small person could slip through them. After walking around up top continue and just on your left you will see an easy trail to take down to the bluff cave areas. Do take this as it is a geological formation not to miss. The rest of the trail is 1.1 to trail head and we discovered this side was much more clear. So you could start at the trailhead going counter clockwise and just do an out and back. Kings was just too much overgrowth. For us today. And we also figured with lower rains probably not as much of a waterfall. Bathroom at parking is a decent one and stocked with toilet paper ladies.

hiking
10 months ago

I think I went during the wrong season. The view was blocked by the foliage. There are caves below the bluff that were fun to explore and the one pedestal rock that was clearly visible was beautiful. I will have to revisit in late fall or in the winter for better views.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice rock formation and Mountain views. Trail somewhat overgrown in places. Lots of ticks. Wear Long pants and bring bug spray!

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bugs
rocky
11 months ago

hiking
Fri May 31 2019

Great trial. Lots of amazing views. If you can safely go down below the pedestal rock bluff, you will find a lot of caves and amazing views!

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muddy
Sat May 25 2019

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muddy
Sun May 19 2019

Great couple of trails that are a hidden gem! Definitely have to hike off the main trail to see the cool rock formations and “caves.” Also hiking down to the waterfall at King’s Bluff is well worth it!! Definitely muddy after a big rain, but still hikable with the right shoes.

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