Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag)

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Ozark National Forest

Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag) is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Pettigrew, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.9 miElevation gain413 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Situated deep into the Ozark National Forest, the Hawksbill Crag is an Arkansas treasure. Thousands of hikers every year traverse the Whitaker Point Trail up to the beautiful rocky viewpoint. Upon arriving to the trailhead you'll find a small parking area. During warm weekend days, you might have to park along the road. There is a sign at the trailhead that describes the hike, and across the road is the trailhead. The trail is marked by a white sign. The hike is about 2 hours, eventually reaching the crag, a rock formation that juts out from the bluff's face resembling a hawk's beak. The crag overlooks Whitaker Creek and a huge valley stretching as far as you can see. If it has rained recently, you should encounter several small waterfalls on the way.

There is a parking area at the trailhead.

Ozark-St. Francis National Forests 605 West Main Russellville, AR 72801 Phone: (479) 964-7200

Keep an eye on children and pets near the bluff edges. Some of them have steep drop-offs.

The trail starts at the Whittaker Point Trailhead. When setting your GPS on this location, make sure to not drive on County Road 3605 unless you have a 4WD vehicle with good ground clearance. Going north on route 16, take a right (east) onto Cave Mount Road (County Road 5). You will see a sign for Whitaker's Point at this junction. After about 4 miles you will see a parking area. The parking area itself is small. On a warm weekend day, you may have to park along the road. Please keep in mind that some of the roads leading to the trailhead may be dirt or gravel.

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Jessica Lindsey
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Great for exercise, has a gorgeous waterfall

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Ch Lewis
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Jaclyn Hagis
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Super easy hike! Some off road driving to get there. Great views!

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Jessica Royal
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One of my faves

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Faith Phillips
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Great trail! Easy and heavily trafficked with a big payoff and lots of scenery!

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Jessica Pollard
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RJ Torres
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Nelle Lehman
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this trail was Ahhhh-mazing!! 5 stars! GO!!

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Curtis DeWitt
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Michelle Ciesielski
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A great, classic Arkansas hike! The 6 mile road getting there is kind of rough. Parking lot was packed, despite wet, cold, muddy conditions. Still worth it! Very popular so the trail is easy to walk on. Overlooks were fun, it was foggy the day we went out, so definitely gotta do this one again!

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Emma Jo
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Beautiful hike! The road to the trailhead was a bit sketchy at times, but it’s worth it!

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Lindsey Ryles
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Blaine Thibodeaux
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Felix Gonzales
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Perfect New Years Day Trail! Humidity was wicked. The trail was easy and well traveled. It was rainy the days before so the falls were rolling!

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Emily Proctor
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Kurt Herron
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Rained heavily the day before but the gravel road to the trailhead was still in great condition. Waterfall over the cave was flowing nicely!

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Neha Srivastava
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Worth it even in foggy and cold conditions. The drive up was a bit bumpy and steep at times but the hike was absolutely gorgeous!

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Shane Cantrell
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It absolutely lives up to the high standard and reviews. A great mix of terrain, with creeks to cross along the way. There’s a small cave and waterfall just before reaching the main event. In wet conditions, all wheel drive is appreciated along the way to the trailhead as well.

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Greg Smith
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Amanda Young
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Moderate and needs to be marked better

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Weston Wilkerson
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O Hawthorne
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Extremely nice views.

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Alexandr Ermilov
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Pretty cool. Make sure it doesn't rain before you go here because you will get stuck

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Eric Henton
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Tosha Kelly
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Janie Price
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The trail is spectacular. A must do.

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Shane Ridenour
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