Lost Valley Trail 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

no dogs

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.

3 days 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.

7 days ago

Awesome! Bring flashlights to explore many cave areas.

hiking
7 days 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
9 days 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

10 days 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.

20 days 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!

21 days ago

Very cool cave at end.

22 days ago

Nice trail

hiking
22 days ago

Very beautiful area! I loved this hike.

27 days ago

Easy hike
Beautiful falls

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Such a beautiful trail!

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 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.

2 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!

3 months ago

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

3 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

3 months ago

been here once, talk about beautiful!

hiking
3 months ago

The views were simply amazing. Waterfalls, caves, wildlife ❤️

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy hike and lots of cool things to see, you have to go into the cave at the very end!

3 months ago

The trail was really challenging for us as we are beginners but was worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

We LOVED this trail! My 11yr old son and I did this hike on a Monday and it wasn't crowded at all. This trail has so much to explore along the way. The natural bridge, large rock shelter, waterfall (just a trickle currently), and the cave were all fun. I had read reviews previously so we came prepared to explore the cave with headlamps and flashlights. Explored far enough back that we were very cramped and then squeezed into a little tunnel where we could stand up that led back out. There was also a very large "room" just to the left when you enter the cave. As others mentioned, the rocks around and in the cave are slick so be cautious. Overall, a very cool trail and one that I would love to do again if I'm back in the area. I think we spent about an hour and a half doing the whole trail.

3 months ago

We love this trail. Even with the river beds dry later in the summer it is still a lot of fun to hike and climb the rocks. The cave was awesome! Bring a flashlight or headlamp! A great place for a family outing. Our kids love it as much as we do!

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