Lost Valley Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 466 reviews
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Lost Valley Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.9 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 birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

no dogs

Lost Valley is temporarily closed for construction til first of March 2019. For updates: https://www.buffaloriver.com/pages/lost-valley-trail/ 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
21 days ago

Says it’s closed, but if you park at the part where the road is closed it’s a .4 mile walk to the trailhead, and the trail is smooth sailing. Worth it for the view!

hiking
1 month ago

Lost Valley is temporarily closed for construction til first of March 2019. check Buffalo River's website before going.

1 month ago

Breathtaking trail!

1 month ago

Great short hike with two amazing caves and two great waterfalls. Can’t beat it for a short easy hike!

hiking
1 month ago

What beautiful colors! 1st trip for the fam and it won’t be the last! The cave was cook, make sure you bring a flashlight!

2 months ago

a lot of bang for your buck. Good parking and restrooms with running water. We stayed to the right the whole trail and was mostly a loop with an out and back at the very top.
Gorgeous place with the falls, mossy rocks, fall leave. Tuesday afternoon some people but certainly not crowded.
Picnic area too. So glad we went as a second hike for the day.

2 months ago

Awesome! Bring flashlights to explore many cave areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail on 11/09/18. Good for beginners and children, especially wandering around in the lower caves, Jig Saw Blocks, Eden Falls and natural bridge. The more moderate up/down is at the top to the big cave; as said, probably not suitable for kids.

hiking
2 months ago

I have enjoyed this trail multiple times and never get tired of exploring it and seeing it in different seasons! Highly recommend for beginners and experts

2 months ago

Great trail, the fall colors were at their peak, even with the parking lots full and cars parked along the road it was still a nice hike. Once you are on the trail people spread out and find their own places so it's not wall to wall people all the time. It is still nicer in the middle of winter when their are no crowds and you have the place to yourself ....sometimes.

2 months ago

awesome awesome. BUT. The signs are pointed wrong! when you get to the first fork and says Eden Falls to the right, go LEFT up the hill. Staying right takes you to a beautiful natural stone area with water running out a cave, and you can go through the cave and lots to explore. but that is not the Falls or Cob Cave. Follow both trails, enjoy, but don't miss the real falls!

2 months ago

Very cool cave at end.

2 months ago

Nice trail

hiking
2 months ago

Very beautiful area! I loved this hike.

2 months ago

Easy hike
Beautiful falls

hiking
3 months ago

Maybe because my expectations weren't high but I ended up loving this trail. It has a beautiful natural bridge, waterfall and cave. Would return in a heartbeat.

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked up to the top of Eden Falls and ventured into cave! If you want to crawl into the cave, bring a head lamp. There wasn’t much water flowing out which kept us dry. There is a spot where you have to crawl/get very low. If you are able, do it! The cave and hike to it, are not kid friendly. The hike to Eden Falls is kid friendly. The trail has been washed out in some spots but still very easily accessible.

nature trips
3 months ago

We were very pleased with this trail. It starts out so simple but there is so much to enjoy all along the way. We took more pictures on this one trail than we have two whole days being in the Ozarks! Even with all of the people that we saw, and barely any water in Eden Falls, it was still our favorite! Take a flashlight so you can enjoy the cave at the end.

hiking
3 months ago

Very underrated trail. Enjoyed this so much more than centerpoint to goat trail. Something to see and explore all along the way. Would be great for kids. Beware of snakes. Almost stepped on a copperhead in the first mile.

3 months ago

Great trail. A couple of cool caves and waterfalls, probably awesome after adequate rainfall but still cool today nevertheless.

3 months ago

Such a beautiful trail!

3 months ago

Easy hike more of a walk except for the stairs at the end. Beautiful falls when flowing.

hiking
3 months ago

By far one of the best trails in Arkansas. The trail is maintained and there are so many cool sights. Waterfalls if recent rain. River/creek runs beside the trail. Cave at the end. And more. Just do it!!

hiking
4 months ago

This Trail turned out to be better than expected. Great hike with some Awesome Caves.

hiking
4 months ago

love this trail..get to explore inside the cave with a waterfalls...nature is just magical.

4 months ago

Amazing! Starts out simple then gets a bit more interesting quickly. Make sure you check river levels- it’s cool to see no matter what level, but you can adjust your expectations. The caves and waterfall are incredible. Great icebox to hang out in and cool down.

4 months ago

This is such an amazing Trail. I absolutely loved squat walking to get into the cave that had the hidden waterfall. Nature is so magical!

5 months ago

the family loved this trail. it wasnt too difficult for my 7 yr old and the area is awesome.

5 months ago

Great little hike. The beginning was a little boring but the falls were a spectacle to see. Also the cave was a little creepy as it was getting dark later in the evening.

Round trip: 3miles
Elevation gain: 846ft
Time: 1hr 5min

5 months ago

been here once, talk about beautiful!

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