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Spy Rock Overlook trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ozark, Arkansas that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 85 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Rocky

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Spy Rock Overlook out & back trail is 1.2 miles through upland Ozark forest that leads to rock outcropping/bluff overlook that opens up a view over a wide forested valley. This is a portion of the Redding/Spy rock loop trail. Taking this short portion allows those that are unable to hike the strenuous portions of the trail to see the overlook, which is the highlight of the trail

Park best you can on the side of the road

Ozark-St. Francis National Forest Supervisor's Office 605 West Main Street Russellville, AR 72801 479-964-7200

Directions from Ozark: From Ozark take Arkansas 23 north for 18 miles then turn right (east) on Forest Service Road 1003 for 3 miles. Drive east past Redding campground entry and take first road left, Forest road 1504, to the top of the road, look for the trail crossing.

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Sarah S
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Hiking

Short, sweet, and simple, but with a stunning view at the end. Perfect for sunset hike since the view is to the west, and you won’t have to hike in the dark as long as you leave pretty soon after the sun disappears beyond the mountains.

Dustin Jaggers
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this trail. Probably best to go early spring or fall when the leaves are changing. Beautiful hardwoods, and great view from spy rock. There were some overgrown areas, but it is June, and this area probably hasn’t seen much attention since Covid has the camping areas closed. I recommend!

Mara Horwitz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Jun 15 2020
Hiking

Trail is short and mostly flat and easy to follow with a nice view at the end - a good choice for people of all hiking abilities. Good view for sunset! The trailhead was easy to miss. It’s right where AllTrails says it should be, just not easy to see from the road. There’s limited parking as well, but was no one else there when I went so it was t a problem.

Amanda Shady
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat May 09 2020
Hiking

Great trail to a beautiful view with my kids (9 & 4) and a kitty on the leash.

Scott Fergel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat May 09 2020
Hiking

Nice, short, easy hike. AllTrails map took me right to the trail head. I was the only one there this morning which made for a peaceful hike. Look for the brown post, it says Spy Rock once you are close enough to it, the trail head is right there. The trail is flat so easy enough for anyone to do. The overlook is amazing and I bet it looks great at sunset! The road up to the trail was in great condition. As for parking there is a bit of a small section where the road gets a bit wider right across from the trail head to park at.

Sydney Finn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue May 05 2020
Hiking

Easy, short, flat trail. GREAT VIEWS! Trail head is hard to find, we had to turn around a couple times but the AllTrails GPS is dead on. Look for a brown pole at the beginning of the trail!

Weston Wilkerson
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Hiking

Very easy flat trail. Good for kids, but watch them at the end. There is big drop off at the overlook. The road has been re-graded and new ditches dug. The signs (thin brown fiberglass) at the trailhead were leaning against trees. I put one closer to the road and piled rocks around the base. There is a wide spot on the NE Side of the road to park and the trail is apx. 75' up the hill from the parking area.

Keith Turney
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Jacob Jones
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jan 06 2020
Hiking

Perfect spot to watch the sunset! Easy level trail out to the bluff which makes the perfect spot for a hammock. The gps directions were spot on and the trail was marked well on the left side of the road before you crest the hill. The road was in good condition and had just been recut and graveled. Although there had been a lot of progress made to the road the only place to park was in the steep ditch. Will be back to do the full Redding Loop.

Lydia Ingraham
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Nov 25 2019
Hiking

Super easy, quick, short in and out trail. End result is an amazing view. Definitely plan to come again at sunset.

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Randall Chittick
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Sep 30 2019
Hiking

easy flat hike. awesome panoramic views of the Redding area.

Alexa Lane
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Hiking

Easy hike for us and our 9 and 6 year olds. The only downside was the horse flies!

Alexis Unger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Aug 17 2019
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Very overgrown with spider webs and spiders everywhere. Gorgeous view for watching birds at end. A couple of campsites near the overlook as well.

Megan Willoughby
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 15 2019
Hiking

The trail is peaceful and was not busy when I went. Plenty of beautiful scenery, and the overlook was pretty amazing.

roy blackburn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Dec 27 2018
Hiking

Nice quick stroll for beautiful view

Cindy Dupuis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Nov 24 2018

Short hike to a beautiful overlook!

Labreeska Bottoms
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The view is amazing!!

Deanna RockOn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMon Aug 06 2018
Walking

The view is nice, but getting there is something else. The gravel road up to the trail is in poor condition. There were some rocky trenches in the road making it inaccessible to some vehicles. There is currently no parking area. There are a couple giant piles of gravel on each side of the road, one before and one after the trail. The trailhead is not distinguishable by vehicle. Just park near the trailhead (GPS) and locate on foot. Most of the path is also becoming overgrown with poison ivy, which may be a problem for some. I think taking the rest of the trail up there would have been better. I prefer hiking up difficult and rocky inclines over driving up them.

Michel Jones
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 09 2018
Hiking

Great trail to hike with family. It has a wonderful view and a few water- falls. There were tons of poison-Ivey. Please be aware of this.

John Ryan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarTue May 15 2018
Hiking

TRAIL IS NOT WELL MARKED. THE COMMENT THAT SAYS IT IS, IS VERY MISLEADING. Look for a SMALL, THIN BROWN SIGN, stuck into ground. IT IS EXTREMELY EASY TO MISS. Parking is not marked and is practically non-existent. There are like 3 individual spaces that you would believe are supposed to be used for parking. Basically, there's a dirt road you take to cut through the loop trail to a very short hike, to an incredibly scenic spot called Spy Rock. Fantastic view. Worth the drive. Only had around 40 minutes of time on the rock, because we spent 20 minutes searching for the trail. TRAIL IS EXACTLY WHERE GPS SAYS IT IS. JUST LOOK FOR BROWN SIGN. Since it takes only around 10 minutes to hike to the rock, it's perfect if you only have like an hour or so to actually be hiking and being outdoors in nature (not including travel time), but want to go somewhere very remote with a comparably better view than Yellow Rock. There is almost no difference in elevation. This is an insanely easy hike. Not good for children as the bluff is rather small. Could not tell if they were Eagles, Hawks, or Falcons but there was a couple large birds flying around in the horizon and it was gorgeous. Could be an excellent spot for birding if you get lucky like we did. I wish I had more time just to watch the birds majestically fly around the top of the vast landscape.

Barry McCormick
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Hiking

I'm not sure why the AllTrails app started at EL 1436 ft for the return trip to trail head at the county road. There is not 256 feet of elevation change from the road to the high point just east of the overlook. For the Overlook Trail, parking is minimal to non-existent. We parked along the shoulder at a wide spot in the road just north of the trail head sign. The overlook view will be great in the Fall if there is color.

Kacy Dutton
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A short walk through the woods to see some beautiful sights. It's a perfect spot to set back, relax, and just enjoy what nature has to offer. I will definitely be going back, with a better camera next time!

J H
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Nov 19 2016

Beautiful views!

Mary Howze
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Sep 06 2016
Hiking

So easy, well marked, and a beautiful view of the sunset!

Laurah Brown
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Aug 02 2016
Hiking

Easy out and back trail to an excellent overlook!!

Roger Suggs
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Hiking

This is a short walk from the road but do yourself a favor and complete the entire trial, not just this section.

Whit Burcham
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Easy trail, amazing view. Definitely would love to go again

roy blackburn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon Apr 04 2016
Hiking

Once you get up the road to this ending section of Redding/Spyrock trail, the parking is just south of the walk- also on the west side of road. This is more a walk than a hike but the view is worth it.

Doug Neidholdt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jan 05 2014
Hiking

If you can't hike the whole Redding/Spy Rock trail, this is a great alternative. Great view overlooking the valley.

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