Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

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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
28 days ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent hike for Thanksgiving !

3 months ago

Nice hike. Enjoyed climbing around rocks and caves.

hiking
3 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.

3 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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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
5 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
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

decent little trail with some cool overlooks.

8 months ago

unique rock and trail loved it!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

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

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