Pam's Grotto Waterfall Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hagarville, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.7 miles
232 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


rock climbing






Pam's Grotto Waterfall Trail climbs the forested hillside to large sandstone bluffs then veers left along the base of the bluffs and ends at the spectacular wet weather 37' tall waterfall surrounded by house size boulders.

3 days ago

I’ve been around a lot of the Buffalo area and this has got to be one of my favorite hikes. Not only is the waterfall spectacular but the hike is excellent and the whole area looks like a place fairies might dwell. If the camp area across from the trail is full there is a turn out off the highway to the West that’ll require a ten minute walk to the trailhead. A lot of elevation gain to the bluffs, go left to the falls. Though the hike to the right is beautiful too if you have time. Loved climbing around on the boulders. If you have a hiking partner give them some space, slips and slides will happen even in the best hiking boots and trail runners. Came in the autumn and the green valley along the creek with the autumn colors surrounding it was just spectacular. Get ready to use your hands to climb out from the grotto.

8 days ago

Beautiful spot.
It is a bit tricky to find. But someone has spray painted a mark on the road and hung a ribbon in the tree where the trail starts. There are several trace trails in the area. My advice is this: go uphill until you get to the bluffs then turn left and keep going. Stay up fairly high near the bluff line. Take your time. The rocks are super slick. Eventually the creek and bluff will meet and there’s your waterfall.

29 days ago

After leaving Haw Creek Falls we headed north/northeast on 123 to try to find Pam's Grotto. Thanks to the tips from M. Cannon's review & a few minutes of searching, we were able to find the trailhead. The word "locate" is spray painted on the road on the same side as the trail right at the beginning. The trail is fairly steep for the first ¼ mile then it levels off as you walk alongside the base of the rock bluff. It looked like the trail split (to the right over a downed tree or up & to the left). From some of the earlier descriptions, we chose to go left. A lot of the trail looked familiar thanks to the pics, but we didn't find where the "grotto" was located. We went about ½ mile & decided to turn around, thinking it might have been the other direction, plus we were running out of time. We saw some beautiful scenery so we didn't feel like we left completely empty handed. The leaves had barely started changing colors & the creeks were pretty low, but still very lovely. I'm going to try to find a better trail map & account for a little more exploring time, & come back. Also keep in mind that there isn't cell service so plan ahead.

4 months ago

Was difficult to find. The All Trails map takes you right there - but there’s no sign. Across the street, there’s a small driveway that goes to a camp site on the river. If you are leaving that driveway, go right 20 yards, and left there is the word “Locate” spraypainted in white letters. Right there is the trail. Took me all but 40 mins round trip. Water was dripping but low. It’s a difficult hike towards the very end climbing over boulders and rocks but kind of cool

4 months ago

Hard to find trail head...but I liked that because it kept the traffic down....we didn’t make it to the end, but as pretty geology as I’ve been around in AR

7 months ago

Great fall! Steep trail but easy to follow. Take the second trail from the culvert.

nature trips
8 months ago

This was a great well marked trail. When you get near the falls you can hug the wall on left and climb through a slightly dark area to the falls or you can go straight across the rocky area towards the falls and both places will bring you right up to the falls. The fall was amazing and so worth the trip. You can even go under it with lots of room. Its high cliffs above make a dome around it. We saw a bat flying around so be sure and germ x after you leave.

9 months ago

Wonderful, beautiful, scenic trail! Great for beginners and kid-friendly. Love this trail!

11 months ago

Went with my children over thanksgiving break. The trail was easy enough for them, ages 6 & 8. It was difficult to find the trailhead as it is not well marked at all. It was dry when we went so the waterfall was small, but the rocks were fun to climb on.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good little trail. Very nice payout at the grotto...

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

There's nothing "moderate" about this trail. In fact, there's really not even a trail at all. After walking through the woods and relatively thick brush you get to squeeze through aggressive rock formations. When we finally made it to the grotto, while the grotto itself was beautiful there was only a tiny trickle of water. Minimal reward for the effort. If you decide to go, DO NOT wear a hiking sandal. This "trail" requires boots to not only protect your feet but also your ankles as you are in all sorts of precarious positions. Trail is challenging to find and completely unmarked. As one reviewer said you park across the street. When you are in the woods, the trail will split off, STAY LEFT.... we couldn't see this as there was a fallen tree and the path isn't well worn to begin with.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This was a beautiful hike to the waterfall.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Shortly past the Haw Creek campground is a road to a dirt "parking" area. Park. Then walk back across the main road. Look for a wooden sign that marks the trail. This is a great hike with lots of ups and downs. Great place to turn over rocks and look for salamanders.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Great hike took the whole family. Had a great time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nice short hike! Took a bit to find trailhead though. It wasnt marked. Me and my 2 kids loved it though. Lots of caves and the grotto at the end was very cool!!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Awesome trail. Took three kids on it, 3,6,7 and they had fun. Pretty steep but great view!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Was a bit difficult to get around the boulder, but once through...beautiful must see place!

There was even some 'entertainment' coming back out as a couple were climbing on the bluffs!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We did this trail the same day that we did Haw Creek Falls and it was a really nice contrast.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Great hike! Steep at the beginning, slippery leaves on the rocks so be careful when wet. Steep at the end but well worth it when you get to the grotto. Some of the most awesome rock bluffs to be seen and only about 15 to 20 miles from home. Every able bodied person should see it!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Amazing! There is a little forest walk and then you are greeted with gorgeous bluffs all the way to the falls. Little caves to crawl in as well. The waterfall is just breath taking! One of my all time favorites. Haw creek is a mile or so down the road (pack rat falls as well) as well

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Could not have found trail without help from nearby campers.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Revisited with a group of friends. What a great way to welcome the new year - out in the woods. Short hike and not difficult. Tremendous reward for the little effort it take to get there. I was surprised to see the water flowing. It was worth the effort. Their is a small creek you cross as you start the trail. If it is flowing, then the water fall is.

rock climbing
Monday, September 29, 2014

Way cool bro.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Quite likely one of the top three areas I've been to in Arkansas. It's a somewhat difficult hike to begin with since it's uphill, but that's only for about 1/4th of a mile. The rest of the trail simply goes along the base of the rock climbing wall, so it's impossible to get lost. You will have to step on a few big rocks, but there's not a steep cliff below, so even if you lose your footing on a rock, you wont fall anywhere. The waterfall is amazing and is surrounded by bluffs. I went during a cooler May day and was the only person on the trail. I highly recommend to anyone.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Beautiful Hike. Enjoyed the waterfall and the bluff line going to it! A bit steep if you have knee problems. Trail was very easy to follow. Short hike and well worth climb when water is running!!!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Pam's Grotto is a must visit. Hike along the bluffs and visit the waterfall. This is one waterfall I have never seen dry even in the summer.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pam's Grotto is a fantastic waterfall surrounded by huge boulders. It is a great and special place and less than 1 mile off the road. We camped at Haw's creek NF campground. Also a special place with two other falls right there. Many miles of unbelievable trails and sites in just a few miles of here. Definately a destination. Remember it is a wet weather fall so visit late fall or early spring.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Haw Creek climbing area is a great local rock climbing area. The trail is well layed out and maintained by rock climbers themselves. Very scenic area. If you are not a rock climber, then there is a gorgeous waterfall just a half mile to the left past where the rock climbing begins.

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