Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

MODERATE 160 reviews
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Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sand Gap, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

Arch & Pedestal Rocks, Caves Trail follows an unofficial trail and bushwhack from Richland Creek NF campgrounds to the bluffs deep in the wilderness that contain caves, an arch and Pedestal rocks. Waterfalls and cascades are passed on the way to the caves. The Bluffs containing the caves are about 1 mile past the twin falls. From Twin falls you cross the river below the falls, climb the steep hillside to the right, turn sharp left and cross back over the river above the falls and then follow the ridge line about 1 mile to the bluffs containing the caves. The twin falls you pass on the way are 17' and 19' tall that occur where two creeks merge into one. Richland Falls which is a side trail, is only 6' tall but is one hundred ft. wide. The trail is rugged and quite faint at times. Care must be exercised at the water crossings. The twin falls are fed by wet weather creeks and are best seen in the fall and spring seasons. On the way back their is a short spur that takes you to Richland creek falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Neat rock formations and fun to check out the base of the bluffs. Better views on other bluff hikes. A lot of the hike is in the woods.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail with some unbelievably beautiful areas to explore and photograph. I cannot recommend this trail highly enough and I greatly encourage any and everyone to make this trip. The pedestals and caves that are off the main path are well worth exploring and truly awesome. ***WARNING: there are side trails that are extreme perilous for young adults and children that are unfamiliar with the area; some holes in the rocks have plummets of well over 100ft, so take extreme caution when hiking around these areas.*** We hiked this trail and the accompanying nearby King's Bluff loop (see review for that trail, too) and absolutely adored it. Despite the few ticks that were pulled off the next day, it was well worth it. 5/5 stars, easy.

hiking
3 months ago

Not a bad trail, but I found two ticks crawling around on me later in the day.

hiking
3 months ago

Make sure to add time for exploring.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail. Lots of areas to explore below the main trail once you get near the pedestal rocks including caves and natural springs. Will definitely be coming back

5 months ago

The hike was good and not too hard! The rocks are amazing. There’s a cave system underneath the trail too that is worth spending time looking through. Beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome Hike, Beautiful Views

hiking
6 months ago

More difficult than you would expect. Did it during winter and the snow made it all the better

8 months ago

Awesome hike with lots of caves and crevasses to explore. And rick formations to climb on. Will definitely go back again.

8 months ago

Great trail with very unique geological features! Done it many times and will definitely do it again.

8 months ago

Amazing views! If you haven't been here yet, you are missing out!

hiking
8 months ago

Excellent hike for Thanksgiving !

8 months ago

Nice hike. Enjoyed climbing around rocks and caves.

hiking
9 months ago

We hiked this today and it was great. I think it would be even better in the spring when the water was running on all the creeks.

9 months ago

A quick, easier trail with stunning rock and cliff formations. Great trail to hike with a friend for a morning chat. Follow up with Kings Bluff.

10 months ago

Very beautiful natural sites, the rock pedestals and caves are great.

11 months ago

Nice easy hike. Great views, make sure to take the time to explore the bluff shelters/caves.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike, great views. Trail is not always well marked; we could not find the loop back so hiked in and out same trail. Gorgeous views.

hiking
11 months ago

Cool, moderate hike. Breathtaking views and interesting monuments. Be forewarned: the hike is not well marked. It'd be easy to continue along the trail and miss the pedestals and arches below.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice short trail. Take time to walk beneath the cliffs to explore the caves. Bring bug spray.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

really cool rock formations. definitely have to bring some snacks next time. you could spend some time exploring the rocks

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

decent little trail with some cool overlooks.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

unique rock and trail loved it!

hiking
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Great trail. Some of the best caves and overhanging area I've seen. Get off the upper loop get down there and check it all out.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This was a great hike/trail run, I'd definitely do it again!

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Lovely trail. Plenty of places to wander around and explore.

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Good views. Not as crowded as other trails. Not as well maintained.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Beautiful views. Hiked with kids which meant we had to be slow and deliberate due to walking a large portion of ledges and bluffs. Definitely worth the time.

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Absolutely beautiful! Definitely will be going back!

hiking
Monday, March 27, 2017

My boyfriend and I went hiking here not that long ago I was blown away by the views, it was a peaceful hike definitely worth going back too!

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