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Lost Valley Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ponca, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 242 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The cave on this trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Note this area is heavily visited on the weekends. Best visited during the week if you want a little solitude. Trail ranges from crushed rock to natural services. The most scenic area of the trail is more demanding but worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

Very well maintained trail that is gravel for about 1/3 of the way, then dirt/rock. Beautiful rock formations, cave to explore and Eden Falls with a nice pool at the bottom to cool off. One cave was closed while we were there on June 14th, but still worth the hike! We hiked with my 4 and 6 yo and they did great. NO PETS on trail. We didn’t know that until we got there, which was disappointing.

hiking
19 days ago

Five stars! This trail is so cool. I recommend bringing sandals or water shoes so you can enjoy the falls and Creek. As of 6/14 Eden Cave is still closed. Everything else is open. Mileage is a bit longer than 2.1. Expect 2.6 or so, and that’s if you don’t spend some time walking around enjoying the falls and cave.

hiking
23 days ago

Great, easy trail. I tried to visit earlier, but they were still closed and the ranger sent me to Smith Creek, which is a few miles past the turn-off for Hawksbill Crag. Glad I made the trek back to the area to visit! The falls and Cob Cave were fun to explore. Even though it was very busy with a large group of kids, it didn’t feel overcrowded (and it made me miss my fifth graders!).

hiking
23 days ago

Forgot to stop app before we drove back to cabin

hiking
24 days ago

Waterfalls were flowing well. Cave was closed

hiking
25 days ago

Great hike. I hear that the water isn't always flowing but if it is, you'll see why they call the cave waterfall Even Falls when you get there. Bathroom facilities available.

hiking
27 days ago

great trail with lots to explore. starts off really easy, but to get to eden falls it gets much harder. the cave is closed currently, but still worth the trip. breathtaking view

hiking
29 days ago

Great falls, super easy trail, they had the cave falls closed, but still pretty cool!!

hiking
closed
30 days ago

The trees provide a wonderful canopy of shade. The best parts of the trail are towards the end at the waterfall and cave. A portion of the trail is closed off however. The beginning of the trail is definitely easy but to get to the more “worth-it” parts, you need to be comfortable with a moderate trail. One for the books!

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is more of a walking path, very little challenge, but the Cobb cave and waterfall are beautiful! A wonderful two hour outing! Eden cave is still closed for Covid.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

This trail would deserve a place between easy and moderate. Most of the trail is very established and easy, near the end when you get near the cave and waterfall, it becomes a rocky and at times muddy trek up and down some elevation. This could be challenging for anyone with knee or other leg problems, but is relatively easy to manage for the most part. The biggest challenge is some slippery rocks if you choose to try and get near the waterfalls and other features. On June 1, 2020 the cave was closed. Waterfalls were flowing well, we started around 10 AM and only saw around 5-10 people going in, ran into many more on our way out around noon.

hiking
1 month ago

Very beautiful trail!

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

Lovely maintained trail. I was excited when the parks announced re-opening today May 15. However I was disappointed to find that most of the trail was closed and roped off to the cave and top of Eden and not exactly “open” after all.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy trail for the whole family. The only disappointment was the the trails to the cave and eden falls were closed, we could only go as far as the natural bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. A little muddy but it has rained a lot. Cave was closed. Eden falls was magnificent.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy beginner hike with beautiful waterfalls, bluffs, caves one cave has a 30’ waterfall in the back of it (some crawling on your belly is required for this view) with some man made stairs, bathrooms and a extra large parking area. This a definite must see area.

hiking
3 months ago

A must visit! Heavily trafficked. Very well maintained. Benches, bathrooms, and a very nice parking lot at the entrance were a nice touch. Great place for people of all ages. The waterfalls and caves are breathtaking. Can make it a quick little hike or an all day event! Many places to swim too! There are some spots where you may have to walk through some creeks, so water shoes would work best. Will definitely be bringing people back to see this!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall and natural bridge. Great for the family and a little elevation for those who want some “ups”. Heavily trafficked but nice.

hiking
3 months ago

If you are planning on going into the cave I would recommend bringing a head lamp and definitely a change of clothes. There is also water in the cave so water shoes would be good. Lots of places to climb around in the caves and by the river.

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyed hiking this one today, 3/22/20. Only one other group out around 10 AM when we got started after the rain stopped. Wasn’t entirely sure what to expect (guess I should have read other reviews more closely). To start, you had to cross the creek to a gravel path for a majority of the way. The area had beautiful moss covered rocks and remaining autumn leaves hanging on. The trail certainly gets more exciting when you get to go “off-road”. Crawled into a little section in front of the first waterfall, wasn’t sure if it was really a cave or not. Interesting formations inside. Cob Cave and Eden Falls were both beautiful as well. Made our way up and back to the Eden cave prepared with a headlamp. Again not knowing what to expected we ended up going back quite a bit to the part where it was so short you had to squat but apparently if you kept crawling inward you would see yet other waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Beautiful. Starts off easy and builds to a moderate hike. By the time we finished, we had hiked almost three miles, after visiting the falls and caves.

hiking
3 months ago

So beautiful! Not difficult and the falls and moss were beautiful! Lots of spring flowers and the dogwoods will be blooming soon! The caves were fun as well. Highly recommended!

hiking
3 months ago

Starts off on an easy gravel trail, but gets more interesting as you approach the falls. Bring a headlamp if you are looking to do the cave. It will require a 20yrd crawl through a low section before you come to the opening.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Hands down one of the best trails in the state. One of my go to trails when I need to step outside. It has two waterfalls, two caves, plenty of things to see and do! Length is short and not a difficult hike. Eden cave has a surprise in it for the brave. Bring a flashlight! ;-)

hiking
4 months ago

Has everything you could want in a hike! Lots of waterfalls, a hidden little cave, a bigger cave with a waterfall in it, and some pretty overlooks. It’s starts out on a more even trail but you’ll have to go on some rockier terrain to get to the most interesting stuff. Definitely recommended for anyone looking for a medium trail with a lot to do! Bring a change of clothes and wear shoes that can get wet if you plan on going in the cave. You’ll have to belly crawl a bit and it gets pretty wet.

hiking
icy
rocky
4 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail! Had a cave and waterfalls along with a cliff overhang that was huge to explore!

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