Little Missouri Trail

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Little Missouri Trail is a 11.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Caddo Gap, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.7 miles
1292 feet
Out & Back

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fly fishing


mountain biking

nature trips






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The trail is the northeastern segment of the longer Eagle Rock loop trail. The trail passes through the Little Missouri Falls Recreation Area which displays the scenic Little Missouri Falls. It is actually a series of cascades. Their is nothing little about it. Absolutely breathtaking.from here the hiker faces a hill of steps in the trail which lead along large cliffs high above the river. The trail provides a view of the area above the falls on the left and a rock formation on the right. This part of the trail is a historic wagon trail. From here the hike largely follows the Little Missouri River, crossing it several times. It ends at the Albert Pike Recreational area.

1 month ago

1 month ago

A warning about how to get there at the end of this review.
This was a wonderful trail. We started at the Athens Big Fork and Little Missouri trailhead, which is down a dirt road and not where Alltrails picks it up. It's a nice wooded hike for about 4 miles to the beautiful (if busy) Little Missouri Falls. From there, the trail follows the river off and on for as far as we went. The sections away from the river never lasted too long and were nice on their own, but following the the river was great. There are numerous campsites along the water, most of them very nice looking, and the trail is nice and level (if a bit rocky at times). When we did this (with pretty low water levels), all the stream crossings were easy, but I can see how it might be difficult if the water level rises.

A word of caution getting there... Google took us down NF-512 through Albert Pyke, and the road was closed due to flooding (looked like it had been closed awhile), so we backtracked to Polk Road 602... That definitely ended before Google said it did. So just take Albert Pyke to Mill Creek Road and ignore Google.

2 months ago

2 months ago

This is my favorite trail to hike! It's surrounded by beautiful scenery and is an achievable trail!

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8 months ago

Wish I had more time. Went too late in the day but the views I took in were special.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Pretty easy hike with good views. Tons of good camping spots.

Monday, November 07, 2016

We started at the falls and did the out and back. Easy trail with a few river crossings. Well marked.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Wife, son, and myself visited this little gem twice. Consecutive days. Used the river itself for the path more than the trail I think. Beautiful and peaceful in early April, 2016.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Was beautiful. Not well marked at times. Follow white blazes. We did about 3 miles out and back as this is part of a larger trail.

It's actually about 6 miles from here to the Albert pike campgrounds, which is what most hikers were doing.

Falls were crowded as it was a holiday weekend. Very pretty places to stop and enjoy the water away from the crowds as well. Plan to cross water but there are many rocks we were able to use to avoid getting completely wet. Will do it again.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Monday, October 05, 2015

4 of us hiked part of this trail the beginning of Oct. We started at the Athens-Big Fork North trail head, hiked Fri. evening over the ridge to the Little Missouri trailhead and camped about a mile east (clockwise) along the Little Missouri river. Saturday we hiked to the Little Missouri Falls, then turned around and hiked back past the Little Missouri trail head and onto the Athens Big Fork trail to see the view from Spirit Rock. came back down and camped near the Little Missouri trailhead and hiked back to the North Trailhead on Sunday. An enjoyable trip.

A few comments if you're planning a trip:
- the Athens-Big Fork Junction with the Little Missouri trail is not labeled, though both trails are marked with white blazes. From the little missouri trailhead heading south onto the trail, take a right turn onto the Athens Big Fork trail, immediately after crossing a small Creek within 20 yards of the parking lot. The trail that seems to go straight away from the parking lot is actually the Little Missouri trail. this wasn't clear to me from the park map I downloaded.
- there are 2 well defined campsites about a mile in from the little missouri / Athens big fork trail head, and a couple more after about another mile, heading clockwise along the trail. not much other place besides these, due to the rocky hilly terrain.
- there is also a campsite about 100 yards up the hill from the parking area.
- not any good place to camp heading south on the Athens big fork trail, except for one or two small sites at spirit rock. no water up at spirit rock, and limited firewood, so make sure to bring water if you plan to camp there.
- the little missouri waterfall is a few hundred yards from the Little Missouri Falls trailhead. This should have been obvious to me but wasn't, so we were looking for the falls between the trailheads and had to hike the entire 4+ miles to reach the falls from the Athens big fork junction.

Hope this helps plan your trip, the trail was great and the river crossings were all dry crossings for us, though the river gauge at Langley(?) was reading less than 4ft, which is lower than average.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Me and my 4yr old son, backpacked it in 2 days. We went during the fall after some rain. There is some sketchy water crossings after good rain. One of the most beautiful places to spend time at, camping along river makes for amazing sounds and scenery! We will do this every year maybe twice a year , its that nice!!!