Little Missouri Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews
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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
905 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash




fly fishing


mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers



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.

7 days ago

15 days ago

Started at the Little Missouri Falls Parking Area and hiked to the Athens Big Fork Parking Area, which is actually the start of the the Little Missouri Trail. And I made it a loop be backtracking back to the Falls Parking lot. It was nice to see so many people out enjoying the trail! Most were actually backpacking along the trail and spending 1+ nights along the trail. I was the only dayhiker I noticed. There are several campsites clearly established along the trail of you want to stay overnight. The river didn’t have a lot of water, but there we still still plenty of small falls and water holes to see. Most of the fall colors have changed to brown, but there was still some spots of a little color. The trail is well marked with white rectangles. Overall, it was a great hike!

2 months ago

2 months 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.

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

6 months ago

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9 months ago

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

9 months ago

11 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