King's Bluff Loop Trail

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Ozark National Forest

King's Bluff Loop Trail is a 1.8 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 364 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

Both the Pedestal Loop and the King's Bluff Loop Trails are accessed from the Pedestal Rocks Trailhead.

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

Trail was a little muddy after the rain.

hiking
17 days ago

Nice hike, beautiful scenery. A bit too muddy for us to go down to the waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! The scenery down to the waterfall area was amazing. We went down to the bottom of the waterfall and if you don't you don't know what you are missing. It's a steep climb down and today it was muddy so a little slick and remember what goes down has to come back up so be prepared. The bluffs offer some great views.

loved it! some of the best scenery i have seen in Arkansas. I got to hot on a almost 90 degree day so we were only able to do half what we intended unfortunately. we finished the kings bluff half. we will come back another day for the other and to explore below the bluffs!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great little trail for us to get outdoors for a bit. It was fairly muddy in a number of spots but there were well-worn routes around most of them. Beautiful waterfall and we enjoyed exploring a bit at the creek that fed into it. As others mentioned, we went counterclockwise and did the steeper bit on the first half. Definitely the way to go. There was one spot at the end where there was a crossroads of the trail - to the right was a sign for the Pedestal Rocks trail - but other than that it was not marked. Luckily some hikers were coming down from the left and confirmed that was the way back to the parking lot - otherwise we may have gone straight and off course. Other than that it was a great trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. If you take the trip to the bottom the scenery is pretty terrific but that pull back up is pretty rough. Be prepared for that if you go down. You can get some great pictures down there. Nice that there is a restroom at the trailhead and it was well stocked with toilet paper.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail with two waterfalls

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent trail. Waterfalls, bluffs, great views, pedestal rocks. And we caught it on what might have been peak color in the Fall.

hiking
8 months ago

absolutely loved it. found a geocache down by the waterfall today. plan on relocating it. highly recommend doing both top of the bluffs and the bottom.

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 months ago

The first 1/2 mile of this trip was very bland but once you reach the bluff and the waterfall the views and rock formations are fairly spectacular. It’s only 1.7 miles so it’s not strenuous at all. The main waterfall was flowing great the day I was there and there were many other smaller waterfalls. About 50 yards past the main bluff there is a small trail that you can follow to the bottom of the main waterfall. All in all a very enjoyable hike

hiking
10 months ago

great little hike to stretch our legs while driving through the forest. too short to drive there JUST for this trail, but it would be easy to combine this trail and pedestal rock to have a longer hike. We hiked this with a 10 and 7 year old.

hiking
10 months ago

We went 6/17 and did the Kings Bluff Loop. Not much flow in the fall and many of the railings have rotted away, so be careful. Tree growth obscures much of the view. As you continue the loop, the bluffs are not railed off (so be careful) and that is where the view is. Very beautiful with some cool rock formations. I had hoped the falls would be flowing since we’d had so much rain. A nice trail but nothing super remarkable. I plan to go back and do the Pedestal Rocks Loop later.

hiking
off trail
over grown
10 months ago

This was a great break from our drive. The trail was overgrown in quite a few areas. Waterfall was a small flow at time of our trip. At some point we ended up off trail but managed to tie into the pedestal rock trail. If you have small children and not enough hands to hold them I would suggest to not go this trail. Very dangerous areas with no railing. One point in trail the rock split and a small child could easily fall through. For adults and our teenage boys it was a good trail.

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 months ago

very nice walk. not too hot even during the summer solstice, the waterfall wasn't dried up as it had rained a couple days prior but that also made the trail kind of muddy. WARNING: do not sit anywhere for too long. I decided to sit on the rocks at the edge of the cliffs to take in the sights. a few minutes here a few minutes there, not long. I go back to take a shower in my hotel and I find tens of ticks all over my legs and lower abdomen. my dad who was hiking with me and sat for even less time had the same issue. Be careful.

hiking
11 months ago

Wow!! This trail was very manageable and so beautiful! The trek back was more beautiful than the trek there. We turn right at the trail head and followed it around to our payoff! The falls were not flowing very hard but beautiful none the less. I would NOT take small children. This is not meant for that and there are several signs stating so!! The bluffs were breathtaking and gave us all the views to make our 2 hour drive worth it!

hiking
Fri May 17 2019

Found a way down to the base of the falls, a massive amphitheater. Would be a nice place to picnic but we didn’t have the time!

Fri Apr 12 2019

a bit steep for us oldies( 75 + ), but we did it slow. no problems at all. very quiet trail and nice water falls and view at the end. took us one hour total.

Mon Apr 01 2019

B E A UTIFUL Trail you will want to go during rainy season and the waterfall is fantastic and roars.

hiking
Sun Feb 17 2019

good trail

hiking
muddy
Sun Feb 03 2019

This trail is full of surprises and won’t disappoint. I thought the rock bluffs were more impressive than the neighboring Pedestal Rocks. The trail had it’s muddy spots, but nothing severe. I’d like to see the waterfall when running strong. It must be impressive; however it was only a trickle on 2/2/19. Roads into the area are very good, and the overlook off of 7 is worth the stop ! Happy trails!!

Sat Feb 02 2019

Great Hike

hiking
Thu Jan 31 2019

TIP. see if you can find donald duck. i'm not kidding one of the pedestal looks like an earlier version of donald with a sailor cap on try to find him when you are hiking if not i did upload a picture here. about a week early i did pedestal rock late one day and i didn't have a chance to do kings bluff. have doing pedestal rock i most didn't do kings bluff because i was think how could this trail top that. i started to do king's bluff counter clockwise and i was thinking i was right. about half the way through the trail i finally got to the bluff and i said this is pretty cool. not bad at all. then i started to walk the cliff edge and i was getting blown away by these in creditable rock formations spotted with color and moss. the views were just as good. i was thinking WOW! here i am January 31st in the middle of winter and it is so gorgeous, imagine was it may look like in the fall. don't trail these trails lightly. give yourself plenty of time to venture both trails top to bottom and start with king's bluff going counter clockwise. you won't be sorry. these trails are filled with natures eye candy. together the trails are a very easy 4.6 mile loop but i think you can get to the bottom too. i hope some day i can return to arkansas during the fall and the first thing i'm going to do are these trails nice and slow to soak it all in.

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Well, we hiked the trail, or what looked like the trail (it was pretty narrow and there were several false trails), until we got to King’s bluff. The waterfall was a trickle, as was expected, but after that, the trail became confusing. We wanted to see the rest of the bluff, the hoodoos, and get to the bottom to see the caves. But this old road (false trail) ruined all that. The road was broader and more well trodden than the smaller trail that went towards the bluff, so we mistook it for the real trail and ended up missing most of the scenery. It also added .2 mi. to the trail length. After we reconnected with the actual trail, we realized it was the fake trail that we walked past earlier with the sign saying “Road Closed”. Please, don’t return this way, as it gives you a false interpretation of the trail. You see a little piece of the scenery, but after that you miss the rest. It is not worthwhile. We will definitely return in the fall when the waterfall is running, and the forest is a little thinner. Once again, make sure not to miss the actual trail. If you do you will sacrifice 80% of the scenery for more mileage. The rest of the trail though, was amazing, and I recommend this trail greatly. Just don’t go on that fake trail.

camping
Mon May 07 2018

We hiked the neighboring Pedestal Rocks trail (see review there) and decided to check this one out later in the day since we had plenty of daylight left and wanted to find a place to set up camp for the evening. After everyone came to the conclusion that the gentle sound of the falls would be great sleeping background noise, we headed off down this trail. We ended up in an incredibly scenic, absolutely stunning opening near the bluff on the southern leg of the trail. We had a clear view of about 60% of the night sky which was filled to the brim with countless stars, due to the very little light pollution. I cannot recommend camping in this area enough. The next day, we headed out and explored the two big falls and many other streams that are speckled through the exit of the trail. I loved this trail and it was deeply moving in many ways. Much like the Pedestal Rocks trail, I cannot recommend this one highly enough.

hiking
Tue Apr 17 2018

Take binos to see eagles.

hiking
Thu Feb 22 2018

Great hike. Nothing to strenuous and the views are worth it. Great to go in the rain.

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