Magnolia Falls is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pettigrew, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.1 miElevation gain226 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersRocky
Waypoints (3)
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Trailhead
"Wilderness Access" sign
35.86287, -93.38499
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Trail fork
Turn left to go to Magnolia Falls and the top of Woods Boys Falls. Go straight to continue into Bowen Gulch.
35.86661, -93.39751
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Magnolia Falls
35.86545, -93.39856
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Jessi Thomas
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

Nice easy trail to magnolia falls. Beautiful rock formations along the way and around the falls. I continued down through the gulch area keeping left along the rock bluff. The bluff area is impressive! Then bushwhacked down to the next waterfall/cascade area with moss covered Boulder garden. I hike with a senior dog so we weren’t able to explore much due to inability to  navigate the bigger boulder gaps. Very beautiful area! We logged 5 miles with both points of interest.

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Shelly Daume
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Great trail. Beautiful rock formations and gorgeous waterfalls!

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Chad Baker
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HikingGreat!

The walk to Magnolia Falls was easy and quick. The excitement comes finding your way down into the gorge to se the other falls and the cascades. We spent hours bush whacking down there and that is what really made this trip worth our time.

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Mike Baumann
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Good hike

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Jason Pohlmeier
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Definitely go to Magnolia, but also keep going down the main trail into Boen Gulf. A lovely spot.

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Michella Seawright
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Nice waterfall

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Josh Huwe
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Johnna Thurston
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HikingGreat!

Trail is easy enough for kids (2,3 and 8) and they loved it. It’s very pretty and the falls are beautiful. The “wilderness access” sign is .3 miles from highway 21

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Jennifer Howard
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Tina Stamm
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Nice easy trail

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Scott Fergel
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Always a great hike. Only a few others out on the trail today so plenty of parking along the road. The trailhead is only about 1/4 mile in on the dirt road and has always been in great shape when I have been here. Came across a few people that were lost looking for the trail. It's easy to find you just have to be watching for the split in the trail. You will cross a small "creek" that is a few feet wide. Immediately after that the trail goes either to the left or straight (there is a cairn there on the left). Take the left to go to Magnolia Falls. If the water is flowing you will also be able to hear the water as it is only a short hike down from this point. As others have mentioned there are a few other waterfalls in the area. Overall great, easy hike!

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Kevin Pearson
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Matthew R
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Nice trail, flat and a little rocky but super easy!

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Tyson S
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This trail was part of a 14 mile, 2 day loop starting at Paradise Falls TH and traveling to the buffalo river to camp and then back out via Magnolia Falls with a 2 miles road walk back to Paradise Falls TH. Very challenging and mostly a bushwack outside of the Magnolia Falls section. Some incredible features including underground streams that appear and disappear along the lower half of the valley. A tough hike but a very nice section of the river to explore!

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Ute Wolff
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Met Peggy & Ellen @ Minnie Harris Park. From there turn left on Hwy 7/Hwy 43/Pine St. As you start to leave Harrison the road will fork; stay right, taking Hwy 43 toward Compton and Ponca. Stop at BOC for restroom break. To Magnolia Falls, from BOC in Ponca continue South on Hwy 43, then take a left at Hwy 21 for a total of 13.9 miles. Turn right on CR 9050 (there is a group of mailboxes at this turn; the name Spanky (?) Wood is visible on one of them). Go just .3 mile and park at the trailhead on the right, across the road from the Wilderness Access sign. It's an easy trail walking, slightly downhill. About 1/2 mile in, watch for a sharp L turn ( tree is marked with a YELLOW sign. First, we walked down to the Falls. Than uphill again along the rim of the fall for a few yards. There are other unmarked trails in this area, it was said that this trail will go to Paradise Falls. We returned on the trail we came in.

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Layne Wetherbee
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Great hike with easy trail. When you come to the fork, go left to reach Magnolia Falls. For Woods Boys Falls, go straight at the fork, once you reach the bottom of the bluff, turn left and follow the bluff line to the creek. You can also reach Woods Boys from Magnolia Falls but the trail gets confusing and bushwhacking is needed. There is a third waterfall that can be reached by following the trail under Woods Boys and along the bluff line. Moderately busy on weekend at Magnolia, but fewer people at the other two waterfalls. Very muddy with good water flow.

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Michael Miller
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Sorry my recording is long. I didn't realize I was tracking lol. today 1/3/2021 magnolia falls,woods boys falls and hadlock cascade was flowing magnificently! Trail was very easy to follow. went strait to the falls. Couldn't find a easy way down to the bottom of woods boys. Gonna come back when its not ice and find a way. Gorgeous place.

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Laura Stadler
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Jen Wiggins
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Awesome trail! Easy to follow but covered in water in places-bring change of shoes.

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Shane Cantrell
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HikingGreat!

This was our favorite trail of the trip to Arkansas!!! Got an early start on the trail in November and had the falls all to ourselves for about an hour for relaxing and taking pictures. It’s easy to miss and has limited parking, keeping traffic on the trail low.

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Anthony Powell
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Beautiful hike, amazing camp site. I could go on but I don't want to spoil it for you, come see it for yourself!

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Jessica Bergen
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Mikey Wyatt
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Gez Rogers
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HikingGreat!

An easy trail to accomplish to see the TOP of the falls! This trail starts out as an ATV trail prior to narrowing into a very well trodden and easy to follow pathway - even with all the leaves. You can tell that this is a well visited spot. Some great views on the left, and cool rock formations on the right as you gently wind your way around to Magnolia Falls. There are actually three other Falls here, so along with Magnolia, if you visit the bottom of it, you'll also see Woods Boys Falls. The drop into that next ledge level can be a challenge, but the hike back to Woods Boys and Magnolia is easy from there. If you follow the creek back and downstream some, you'll pass Hadlock Cascades. Stahle Falls (bottom) is then just a couple hundred feet upstream of the creek that joins up with the one you are on. The section from bottom of Woods Boys to Hadlock to Stahle is a very rocky creek bed scramble though.

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David Sevier
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Ryan Joyner
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely one of my favorites since I moved to Arkansas.

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Christopher Alanis
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HikingMuddy

The path was a bit hidden within the leaves, but it was easy enough and with a great view.

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Keith Whitfield
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HikingGreat!

Hike this trail a couple of days ago. We've been to the Ponca area several times and had no idea this trail existed. Nice, leisurely hike. Only markings were red ribbons in small trees. The area had gotten rain for several days the week before, so the falls were running pretty good. We were the only people on the trail when we went. We didn't make it to the other falls in the area, so we'll go back, hopefully in the Spring.

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