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Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

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Ozark National Forest

Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Pelsor, 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

bird watching

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.

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muddy
2 days ago

Me and my daughter did this trail today and it was really muddy. Not much to see. We stayed on the path. Felt like we were just walking in the woods. The rocks were hid by trees. Much more impressed by some other trails.

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muddy
8 days ago

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muddy
13 days ago

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24 days ago

If you stick just to the trail as shown on AllTrails it will be an okay trail BUT if you really want to see what this area has to offer you need to take some of the trails that go down so that you can explore. I thought the caves were great! Such an amazing area to hike.

Loved the hike! We went took the pedestal rock trail first the went counterclockwise to the waterfall. Once you get to the bluff where the top of the water fall is the trail picks up to the left and you’ll descend down. There is a small trail that goes down farther and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking it if you don’t mind a tough climb back out. There were 2 smaller waterfalls and caves on each side of the main huge waterfall. We hammock in between all 3 and it was so beautiful! The trek to the base of the big waterfall is worth it! Definitely will be back!

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1 month ago

Hiked both loops today after lunch at the picnic table at the entrance to the trails. Beautiful day, 68 degrees and sunny. Views were wonderful. Not busy at all. Maybe saw 15-20 people in 3 hours. Gets muddy in a few spots, not bad, but don’t wear shoes u don’t mind getting dirty. We love this hike.

This seems like an ordinary trail when you first start. About halfway through the trail, the "Rock Wall" and pedestals start showing up. The views!!! WOW!!! Then there are so many trails going down to the lower portion of the "Rock Wall". Go explore. This short 2.4-mile trail can become 3 to 4 miles. Fun trail, go check it out.

1 month ago

Moderate rating is correct....great views and the bluffs are amazing. Took my 7 and 9 year old and they did well. Your kids need to pay attention and they will be fine. Great family outing.

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rocky
1 month ago

Absolutely loved this trail, and so did my wife , kids and the dog! If you are into exploring caves and seeing beautiful sights this is a great trail to visit. The trail is easy to follow, and when you venture down the rock face to explore the caves it is easy to figure out where to go. Some of the coolest hiking I’ve ever done, and the best in Arkansas for sure. There is an obvious way to get down to the caves if you simply walk to the half-way point of the loop trail. There is a sign with arrows that tells you when you are at the halfway point, and you simply walk down some fallen rocks to the lower part with the caves. Enjoy!

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muddy
1 month ago

Went hiking yesterday on this trail. The waterfalls were beautiful because it had just rained. It was a little muddy, as expected but not too bad.

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muddy
1 month ago

Went hiking on this trail yesterday. It was beautiful! It had just rained, so the waterfalls were great, however it was a little muddy (as expected).

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1 month ago

Great and easy trail. Awesome views in many places! Exploring under the bluffs is almost a must. Very easy trail to follow.

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2 months ago

2 excellent trails! No need for marking because trails are well worn. Several pedestals and 2 waterfalls made the hike well worth it! Bluff rocks/views were amazing!

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2 months ago

Great trail! Easy hike with lots of rocks and areas to explore.

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4 months ago

Trail completed VERY early on 1/1/20. We went to watch the first sun of 2020 come up over the distant hills and bluffs. No rain of significance had occurred over the prior few days, so not at all muddy. I've been here several times, and it can be VERY muddy after rainfall. The waterfalls you pass along the way only really show off after a decent rain. Not so sure I'd describe this one as moderate, it's certainly on the easy side of that. Well marked, very obvious trodden paths to follow. I take my dog everywhere, on leash trails like this as well as off leash on occasion when we just go bush whack a waterfall. This trail is easy for that - but there are spots that I'd say dogs and definately smaller children should have a firm eye kept on them

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4 months ago

So the hike was nice and the rocks were cool but there were no waterfalls which was what I was after. The all trails description is WRONG. Twin falls and Richland falls are on Falling Water road. Didn’t realize this until after I walked the entire path.

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6 months ago

Pretty trail. Trees grown up, so a little hard to see rock formations in some spots. Still a fine hike.

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6 months ago

Beautiful rocks about half way... give it a try

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7 months ago

Great family hike with caves and nice rock formations.

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7 months ago

Awesome views, surprisingly good birding trail as well. It will have even better views after summer foliage is gone, so will visit again in mid November.

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8 months ago

great hike....must explore the caves below the bluffs...awesome experience

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9 months ago

Great trail! Take a few extra minutes and explorer the Caves below the Bluffs!!!

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10 months ago

Nice, easy trail with cool rock formations. There is a bear advisory at the trailhead.

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muddy
rocky
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Beautiful; be sure to go down below and explore.

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bugs
muddy
11 months ago

we hiked June 4th... still wet from recent rains. LOTS of tics.... the narrow overlook wasn't as scary as it was in my mind... two humans and two dogs, single file just fine.

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Fri May 17 2019

Underneath and between the pedestals are many interesting small caves to explore!

Mon Apr 15 2019

fantastic trail. we took the lower portion below the bluffs and pedestals and it was absolutely fantastic. massive caves to explore. is a little strenuous but not bad at all. highly recommend visiting this place!

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