Steele Falls Trail is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mountain View, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.6 miElevation gain508 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Steele Waterfall Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail that follows an abandoned forest service road to West Livingston creek, crosses the creek and heads up the ravine to the 60 ft. tall waterfall that is fed by three springs.

None; park just off the shoulder on the rd.

Buffalo National Forest, 402 N. Walnut, Harrison, AR 870.741.5443

From the town of Fifty-Six on 14 hwy, travel 1 mile west to Gunner Pool rd. (forest rd. #1102, turn right, follow to Gunner Pool Campground, Cross the river and go 5.8 miles to forest road #1113, turn right, travel 1 mile and park on the left at the old service road. This is trail.

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Claire Cunningham
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A couple things I wish I had known: (1) The last 30 min of the drive to the trail head is on a very curvy gravel road. (2) The last bit of the trail to get to the waterfall is downhill, meaning that to get back, you gotta go uphill, which was kind of tiring, but maybe I’m just out of shape :). (3) If you type the trailhead into GoogleMaps, it’ll seem like it’s not actually there when you pass it. There’s a bit of a parking area just beyond where the map says it is. The trail itself is beyond that, and there’s a green metal gate thing you need to walk around to actually get on the trail. (4) The trail itself is meant for horses as well, so it’s rather wide, and I’d probably classify it as more of a path than a trail, if that makes any sense. (5) Once you get to the waterfall, there’s some rocks that are fun to climb on, but pretty easy to use to get underneath the waterfall. There was enough space under there that my friends and I sat and had a nice little picnic lunch! Overall, it was a good workout and a nice, peaceful destination! It was soothing to just listen to the waterfall and talk with friends. :) Little to no cell service in the area, so be sure to download the map on here before you go, if you can. (Also, I was glad to have hiking boots on because of the slope/incline and the rocks at the end.)

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Cara Tharp
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First time hiking this trail. Very family friendly with a beautiful waterfall at the end. Remote but saw a few other people on the trail. Would love to hike it again after a good rain.

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Carrie Saunders
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HikingGreat!

I am not one to use this app a lot, but I couldn’t find what I wanted at Blanchard Springs and gave this app a shot again. I LOVED THIS HIKE!! It was remote, it was serene, it was epic. My dog and I went. We had the best time! I would recommend to anyone. Great waterfall, beautiful area, and not very traveled. We only saw one couple with their dog hiking. Awesome!!

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David Sevier
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pretty, but dry, off to Big Flat!

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Anthony Guiltner
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I definitely got more value for my time that most trails in this area. Pictures don’t capture the depth and the size of the landscape. Unlike some hikes I’ve been on this will be a repeat hike.

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Angela Smith
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The hike in was deceptively easy...the hike out however made me realize why the hike is listed as moderate. Steady stream flowing although there has been little to no rain recently.

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Rita Bruce
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This trail was easy and wide. It was remote yet easy to follow. We did see the waterfall at the end of the trail. Someone commented that a tree was blocking the path, but it has been cleared off of the trail. We did this trail during the first week of November when it was about 54 degrees. It was a perfect temperature free of chiggers and ticks.

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Brian Hipszer
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Gez Rogers
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Falls still had some water even though no rain for a few weeks really. It’s a fairly easy, gradual hike downhill for a mile and a half, and obviously the reverse on way out. But for the last 100 yards, this hike is all on an old forest road, and for that reason I’m rating this as a easy to do hike. ** Edited to add that Mud Springs Falls is along the way on this hike. Mud Springs is a 50' wet weather fall that's a couple hundred feet off trail. I added waypoints to my most recent recording for this hike. This would be a great hike to do and waterfall to see after a good rain, but that may elevate the hike to ‘moderate’ I could see the trail being very muddy, and then a creek crossing to perform near the waterfall.

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Leah James
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HikingGreat!

This was an easy and fun hike. The waterfall was flowing and the traffic was very light.

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Hailey Hall
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Easy trail with a beautiful destination! Completed this hike with my 5 year old and 10 year old, and we were able to climb the rocks and get all the way behind the fall pretty easily. Definitely recommend for a good family-friendly hike!

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Jessica Garner
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This was a great hike mostly following an old dirt road that was covered with spiderwebs and nats. To get to the waterfall you have to go thru some parts that are overgrown and cross over a downed tree. The waterfall is gorgeous and there is a still pond full of crawdads. There was a large very friendly butterfly that kept following and hitching a ride on us half way back the trail. Only downfall was coming home with my ankles covered in chiggers that itched horribly for several weeks.

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Morgan Geile
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I think you can get to the waterfall from two directions. The trail marked in AllTrails is the Southern access; we came from the North. After driving on gravel country roads, we started at the crossbar mentioned in other posts (old trail marked A). Majority of hike is along old road so very open but with shade from trees. At the second crossbar, the road is relatively overgrown, but not horrible. Our dog got quite a few burrs but we didn’t have any problems with bugs (in August). Hard to get to the trailhead but a great hike and the waterfall is pretty great. Lots of butterflies and still pools below the waterfall.

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Samantha Oliver
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Loved the waterfall it was flowing and there were butterflies everywhere! Only complaint was that there were so many trying to eat us on the trail and it’s becoming over grown too.

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Santana Holloway
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**** if you are unable to crawl under or climb over a large fallen tree, you won’t be able to get to the waterfall The waterfall was well worth the hike! Lots of gnats & a little overgrown in some areas. The trail was wide for a good portion of it.

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L Mudd
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Loved this trail as the waterfall was worth the hike. The old lumber road was a nice hike just know it is uphill coming back up. The last .25 miles to the falls has some trees you have to scramble over.

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Cassie Sciortino
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Very hard trailhead to find.....crossbar across road with an old "horse trail" marker. We had no other people on the trail with us. Doubted ourselves quite a bit, as there is another crossbar towards the end of the hike that you cross. Do not hear the water fall until the VERY end, so trust yourself to keep going! The trail getting there is mostly downhill for 2.6 miles, but it was quite difficult for our two young kids on the way back. 2.6 miles uphill back wasn't the easiest for our 4 and 6 year olds!

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Hannah Angeles
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Really loved this waterfall. It was hard to find trailhead. It is not marked. Going down this trial you never expect to see this stunning waterfall. It’s worth the walk for sure. So glad I went. Took my kids

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Daniel Thomason
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Quite a drive to get there-had me doubting myself a few times. A little difficult to see the trailhead from the road. My wife and I didn’t see anyone else on the hike mid-June. It was definitely worth the trip-Very nice secluded waterfall.

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Christy Elfrink
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Nice trail. The trailhead was a bit difficult to find as others stated. Look for the gate blocking off vehicular traffic. The trail is actually an old gravel road so it’s wide which limits the spiderwebs. Lots of shade. Downhill there and uphill back. We saw a few little lizards along the way, a deer and lots of butterflies. There were however lots of little gnats. The waterfall at the end was very pretty at the end- very high. I would recommend.

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Belinda Jordan
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2.7 miles out and back. Gravel roads to the trailhead. Look for the white letter A sign on the left hand side of the road and park in the grassy opening. Trail is easy overall, with a slight decline the entire way to the waterfall. You can’t see the waterfall till you’re there, and for us, the drive and hike in were worth it. We had the entire trail to ourselves.

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kimberly deck
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awesome experience :) the walk down to the waterfall was easy enough, passing a cool rock formation along the way. it opens to a small creek and beautiful waterfall where we had a chance to climb some rocks and explore with our two small doggos. perfect camping area, as well!

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Alina Cawvey
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Great trail with a breathtaking view at the end! completely worth the long drive to get there. the way back is almost completly up hill so be prepared. Will be coming back!

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Lane Berg
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Made it from Green Mountain Rd. to the falls in about 30 minutes (walking at a fairly fast pace). Hiking out my phone showed I climbed about 25 floors. The falls are well worth visiting. Stay on the old road (Branscum Rd / Forest Rd 1140) until you cross the creek, then you are basically at the falls.

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Zak Mcbride
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Great hike took us about a hour to get to the falls and a hour and a half back we had a seven and a nine-year-old.

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Rachel Murray
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This trail is awesome. Look for the white sign with an A on it on your left side as you’re driving in - it’s hard to see but the directions on google maps are correct. The trail begins at the green gate. The waterfall at the end of this hike is absolutely beautiful. We saw tons of butterflies also. There was no one else on the trail at the same time so this was a peaceful hike. Loved it!

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katrina moore
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The trail was a little difficult to find bc there are so many old service roads. But once we made it there and hiked to the fall it was so beautiful and peaceful! We went late feb after plenty of rain so the fall was gorgeous as well as the crystal clear creek crossing. Easy hike!

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