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, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length2.1 miElevation gain242 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingCaveForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeRockyNo dogs
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This area is heavily visited on the weekends. Best visited during the week if you want a little solitude. The trail ranges from crushed rock to natural services. The most scenic area of the trail is more demanding but worth it. There is no bridge to cross the creek so be prepared to walk in the water.

Shelter, restrooms, picnic tables, parking lot for cars/trucks with small trailers. Steel Creek campground

Steel Creek Ranger Station, 870-861-2570

Directions from Jasper: Travel west on State Hwy. #74 for 15 miles and turn left on Hwy. #43. Travel for one mile, south, and follow signs to the trailhead.

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Scott Fergel
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This is a nice trail with some great features, including some if you get off the actual trail and explore a little. Overall easy trail and very popular. The cave is currently closed.

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Lauren Brookey
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This was lovely. Enough exertion to make us a bit winded but not enough to slow us down. Gorgeous scenery and rock formations with nice falls about half way. Very enjoyable. Conditions: fair, slight wind, dry, 45 degrees. Hikers: early 60s used to east to moderate trails no more than five miles. We saw a lot of children.

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Faith Phillips
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Great family friendly hike. Unfortunately the Eden Cave is closed for now, but it’s gorgeous and well worth the hike!

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gary weaver
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Easy hike nice scenery

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Brenda Olguin
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I loved this trail! Lots of natural stairs in some areas! Beautiful waterfalls! It was pretty nice and paved in the beginning and lots of spots to get some water if you have a filter!

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Zachary Nixon
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Pretty excellent features at the end! The falls and cave was worth the trek, but the trail to these features was so boring that we opted to climb through a small cave, and traverse the creek to the cave, then to the falls last and back. Definitely recommended!

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Michelle Ciesielski
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This is such a great hike for anyone who is new to hiking or for any experienced hiker who wants to see some cool sights on an easier hike. Creek crossing today was manageable without removing shoes or getting wet. The trail is always very busy, but beautiful and worth the time. Please don’t bring your dog. Also, Eden cave is still closed!

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fatima saravia
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Joseph Pons
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Best hike we did in 4 days in the Ozarks. We had to cross the creek (no bridge,) so we ended up taking off socks and boots and crossing. Very paved trail with informative markers and beautiful caves and falls. Eden cave is closed due to COVID. Easily best hike in the area.

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Emily Proctor
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Very beautiful! We had to cross a flowing creek to get to the trail. A couple rocks that stuck out of the creek but not enough to cross on. We ended up rolling up our pants and taking off our socks and shoes to cross. 100% worth it when you get to the end!

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Irene Ogeto
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Great trail! Amazing views

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Virginia Day
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Amazing hike! Fairly easy with super cool caverns and rocks to climb on. One of the prettiest hikes I’ve done!

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Hong Tran
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Great trail with views. Some rock scrambling at the end. Eden cave was closed to COVID. Saw lots of kids so it is kid friendly.

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David Sevier
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Janie Price
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Staci Graham
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Great afternoon hike. Very easy, well maintained trail. Cave is closed for the season. Beautiful views.

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Laura Rohm
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Relatively easy trail, slick in some places due to melting snow/ice. Be prepared to go up some rock steps.

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Maxime Pierre
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Beautiful trail.

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Kurt Herron
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Here on a Saturday morning after a Friday afternoon and evening full of rain. Well maintained trail and no mud. The waterfall was flowing nicely!

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Kelly Rayner
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Taido Chino
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Classic hike in the Buffalo National River area. The cave above Eden Falls is closed on account of Covid.

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Rebecca Beyer
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Great easy hike with beautiful waterfall.

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Jewlia Thelander
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Beautuful hike. Trail is well marked. Cave closed due to covid.

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d c
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Short and sweet! Loved the waterfall. The trail to the cave was closed due to Covid so hopefully we can see it one day.

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Karen Dietzler
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This was so fun! My 3 kids (ages 9, 12, 15) all had a great time climbing around the rocks and caves. Eden Cave was closed but it was still very fun!

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Amir Kohanpur
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Morguen Wilhelm
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Love!! So many cool things to see and super easy trail

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Alana Brooke
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James Sparks
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HikingGreat!

I’ve just started hiking and this is for sure the best trail I’ve done so far. Waterfalls, caves, and so much more. Great experience!

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