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Redding/Spy Rock Loop Trail

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Ozark National Forest

Redding/Spy Rock Loop Trail is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ozark, 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: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,181 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

stroller friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

Trailhead is located on the NE corner of the Redding campground.

backpacking
2 days ago

I enjoyed the trail. it started storming as soon as I got to the Spyrock, making for a crazy hike back to the car. I parked at the free lot and hiked clockwise. 7.8 mile loop, including the Spyrock spur

hiking
bugs
over grown
4 days ago

hiking
blowdown
bridge out
bugs
closed
muddy
1 month ago

hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful day hiking under the canopy of the Redding/Spy Rock Loop. Trail is very well marked, easy to follow. There a few great spots for camping near Spy Rock. Only saw 3 other groups of hikers and did this hike on a Saturday. Plan to hike this trail again during leaf-off. 8ish miles and took me 3 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

Did not enjoy this trail. Not much to see once the trees have leafed out. Incredibly rocky on the eastern side. Western side does not have much water for filtering. Given the other spectacular available trails in this area, I won’t ever try this one again. Maybe I’m picky after hiking the AT and OHT, but this loop was boring.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. I had to improvise in spots bc the campground was closed but so worth it. The trail is clearly marked.

Fantastic trail with beautiful views! Trail was well cleared, elevation gain going up East Side Loop was a great leg workout. Campground is closed but trail is still easily accessible. Highly recommend for anyone looking for 8+ mile trail. Ozark National Forest is starting to fill in with color! Definitely doing it again!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Fantastic trail to wander or run. And plenty of stops for water for the pup!

Great trail. Reviews below say trees over trail. That's true, but they are easily passable with no technical skills. Two nice waterfalls and the Spy Rock overlook is beautiful. Also, the road you see in the map has been recently improved. Any vehicle can now easily drive to within .5 miles of Spy Rock.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a dog friendly hike. Every bit of 8 miles. parts can be pretty tough. some serious hills. Overall beautiful hike and a great day with my furry buddy!

hiking
blowdown
rocky
4 months ago

This is a great trail! There is a campsite over the waterfall with a fire pit, and a few flat places for tents. We had three. We stayed here after attempting to go past and look for the campsites that were marked. We didn’t find them, but the waterfall site was more perfect than any other we could’ve found! Spy rock was blocked by several large trees too large to go around or over, like another reviewer said. Disappointed we didn’t see the views, but overall a great trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Cash envelope $3 to park  Bathroom at trailhead Went west per AllTrail reviews Trail is marked with blue on trees East side is very rocky Fallen tree that was too much to climb over prevented me from getting very far on the Spy Rock portion. Cut the hike about a mile short

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great hike. Trees still down on trail, But not enough to deter the hike at all. It’s a beautiful view at spy rock and I’ll be doing it again for sure. Two really pretty waterfalls after a rainy week.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a nice, moderate, well marked trail. There are a few narrow creeks to cross and a couple small waterfalls can be seen. I'm sure the creeks and waterfalls would be fairly impressive following a good rain. There were quite a few trees down over the trail on the spur to the lookout. Be mindful that there are several rocks underfoot that are hard to see when covered by leaves. There are a few good spots along the trail for primitive camping if you're backpacking. I enjoyed the trail and will be doing it again in future.

hiking
6 months ago

great hike! it was even hot at the top! the trail was close to the road quite a bit and there's a lot of close road construction (and downed trees on the trail), but nothing to deter a person to join - just good to know. the views from spy rock were beautiful - dont miss that section! we followed the suggestions here to go west then east and thought it worked great too

hiking
7 months ago

Fun trail. Leaf off is a great time to experience the views and the waterfalls were running great! It is rocky and a trekking pole is really helpful on this one. My soles were pretty sore. Spy rock offers tremendous views and overall, it was really enjoyable. Beautiful piney woods.

hiking
fee
rocky
7 months ago

Love love love this trail.

hiking
7 months ago

So I've been hiking this trail for a couple years now (I'm a local in the area of the trail) and it's definitely one of my favorites. At times, the climb is steep and slightly dangerous, offering a small amount of challenge to anybody moderately experienced. I will say that during the summer it's practically not hikeable unless you want chiggers in your socks and your whole body covered in spiderwebs. A lot of the trial doesn't have much to see, but when when you start nearing the top of the plateau, especially in the late fall or winter, the view is incredible. I always take some time to sit on the bluff at the top and enjoy the view.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great day hike! Took about 4 hours with a lunch stop at Spy Rock, which has excellent views. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. Took the west side up and the east side back. West side has nice leaf off views. East side has two waterfalls.

hiking
8 months ago

Really a nice loop! Took us about 4 hours to complete, with a couple of short breaks. Def park at the Redding campgrounds. Pay your 3 dollars happily! Then just follow the blue blazes. We did the west loop first, then the east. There is a sign, not at the very beginning, that will point you east and west. Glad we did the west first. East is a lot more rocky, and easier done on the descending part of the hike. Bugs? Yes! You’re freakin outdoors! What do you expect? Just put on bug spray & you’ll be fine. A few waterfalls, small, on the way back. Thanks for maintaining this trail so well! Really appreciated the blue markings!

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bugs
muddy
8 months ago

The area is worth exploring a little for the beautiful tall trees all surrounding. I found Spy Rock Falls to be pretty mediocre after the rocky drive, chiggers, and mud to traverse through; even thought it’s an easier hike. It had rained a few times in the last 2 weeks, including one heavy rainstorm. It doesn’t seem like the bottom of the falls is accessible unless you slide down and risk tumbling into the creek. I’d say it’s worth checking out if you’re already in the vicinity, but not going out of your way for.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
9 months ago

Bugs were bad !!!

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