Sandstone Castles via Twin Falls Trail

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Richland Creek Wilderness

Sandstone Castles via Twin Falls Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Witts Springs, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round.

Length6.8 miElevation gain1220 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Sandstone Castle caves are accessible via the Twin Falls Trail located in the Richland Creek Wilderness NF. It partially requires a bushwhack and requires two river crossings while following Richland creek and climbing the bluffs past Twin Falls. There above the twin falls you will make your way up on the left-side trail and cross the first creek (Big Devil’s Fork) and there is a great campsite directly above the two falls. This is also where you will start your ascent to the Sandstone Castle. Simply following along the rising ridgeline between the two creeks, you will start a steep climb on a more primitive trail. Although it can usually be seen just remember to hike up between the two creeks to the top and you can’t go wrong.

Parking, primitive camping at the trail head.

Ozark National Forest Buffalo Ranger District, Jasper, AR 72641. PHONE: (870) 446-5122

Pelsor, Ark. (intersection of 7 hwy & 16 hwy) travel east on hwy 16 to Ben Hur (literally a road sign and a country church is the town) travel 1 mile past Ben Hur to the first gravel road to the left, NF road 1205/Falling water road, and travel 9.4 miles to campground on your left, just before you cross low water bridge at Richland Creek.

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Cindy Majoros
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Ashley Wilson Esser
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OMG! This trail was definitely intense at times going either way. The scenery is gorgeous and worth the walk but be prepared to work for it. We were our watches from start to finish and it was 9 MILES round trip. We started from Richland Creek Camogrounds to Sand Stone Castle and back. The trail is difficult to follow at times because if the rocks and overgrowth with some trees down. It easy to get off trail if not paying attention. There are several markings along the way with orange or pink tied to trees or red paint on trees. Here are some things to know: At campgrounds find the one with stairs with metal hand rail leading down (close to the beginning), take a left at bottom of stairs and look to see a wooden sign...this is the start. Once through, look across creek you will see sign for Twin Falls Trail. Look for a tree across the creek and cross over. Then make way to sign. Trail starts here and goes left up Hill and then veers right along side creek...it can he hard to tell trail but it is there. From there follow trail as best you can until you reach where 2 creeks merge. You will encounter areas that are very narrow to pass, have only rock as the trail, overgrowth or trees are in the way, and 1 spot you must walk along edge of rocks or in the water to keep going...the ledge is good if water is low...you may still get feet wet. Once you get to 2 creeks, go left to where you can cross thru small falls and over the rocks or if tree is still there cross over it...must get to other side. You can walk thru the water but be prepared it can be deep (looks can be deceiving) from there go to right to get back in trail with water on your right again. it should be marked if still there. Follow to waterfalls. Not too far from here. To continue to Sand Stone Castle you must backtrack until you see a trail split up and over ridge...from waterfalls it will be in your right as you walk back...it is steep. once on trail follow to creek to cross over above waterfall. you. will see a couple of campsites in between them is trail that goes up to sand stone castle. IT IS VERY STEEP to start. The incline is no joke at times but does level off at times with less incline or becomes flat. Just follow trial and you will arrive! There are several caves just keep walking thru them until end. The trail does continue here (not sure where) we turned around. The descent was hard on your knees and calves. Need good shoes and walking sticks. Take your time and don't rush. Loose rocks and steep terrain and/or fatigue will get get you. Awesome views!

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Please be aware that flooding is a huge possibility. We went in june and backpacked and camped across the stream. We were able to cross the falling water creek going out super easily, but after a night of rain, there was absolutely no way we were able to cross back over on our own.

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Michael Joy
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Backpacked to Richland falls and set up camp at the split off. Trail was decently marked to Richland falls and to twin falls with. Trail was unmarked from twin falls to the top to see the caves. Once you find the trail it is easy to follow but it would be easy to get off track if your not paying attention. Passed several small campsites along the way. There are spots to camp in the caves as well which looked very nice. Overall this is a great area with some easy parts and some pretty difficult sections. Excellent views from the top (no leaves on the trees) hanging out in the caves is well worth the climb up from the creeks.

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Doug Neidholdt
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A stunning backpack into some caves. Rugged terrain, some bushwhacking at the second half of the trail.

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Krista Garrett
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