Spy Rock Overlook trail

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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.

0.7 miles
85 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips






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

1 month ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

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.

Friday, December 09, 2016

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!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Beautiful views!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Easy out and back trail to an excellent overlook!!

Monday, May 02, 2016

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

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

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

Monday, April 04, 2016

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.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

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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