Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag)

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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 offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 413 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

When you set your map to get to Whitaker’s Point, if it tells you to turn down County Road 3605 off of 16 - DO NOT DO IT, UNLESS you have an SUV/Truck that can do some rock climbing. A 4-wheel drive would be preferable. Ru (2019 Subaru Crosstrek AWD) made it up but she wasn’t pleased about it. So, off of 16, take Cave Mount Rd aka County Road 5 (there is actually a sign for Whitaker’s Point that shows to turn down this road.) Once you get to the lot, there isn’t a ton of parking. The sign that tells you about the hike is on one side of the parking lot and the trail head is on the other side of the parking lot. It is marked by a white sign that says “TRAIL”. The trail's destination is the "Crag," a rock formation that juts out from the bluff's face that resembles a hawk's beak. It overlooks Whitaker Creek and a huge valley stretching for a long distance. In the spring and fall during rainy season, you can discover a number of waterfalls.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail through the forests of Arkansas with a nice reward at the destination. The views are incredible and there is a nice waterfall too!

hiking
8 days ago

backpacked with our two year old son (in a baby backpack), very easy hike. lots of people, but spaced out enough that it didn't feel packed. the view is awesome. the waterfall was so cool! we all had a blast!

hiking
14 days ago

An excellent hike but very busy. Know that on the crag itself you will be jockeying for position with everyone trying to get photos. There are several side ledges on the way up though that are good for relaxing and have a good view of the crag. The hike is fairly easy and the trail is well worn. Overall It’s a gorgeous view that’s well worth the hike!

hiking
22 days ago

Be prepared for the number of people you encounter on this trail that are out there just for the Instagram post. The view is worth it but there are so many people. Easy hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Fun trail with nice views. The road to get to it is a little bit sketchy, but we made it up in a little Ecosport. Everything was a little drab in January, but I’m sure the view is amazing in the summer or fall. We found a really nice flowing waterfall along the way below the ridge - a nice little bonus!

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muddy
29 days ago

Muddy in some areas, but overall a great afternoon hike. Awesome view from the crag.

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icy
muddy
1 month ago

Nice easy trail with nice valley views. 2 hours total

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

great hike! but this is probably closer to moderate. not easy because of some steep parts on the trail. access road in is 11% grade. not a huge problem, but could be for some vehicles. thought trail could have been marked better. overall, totally worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking! The trail offers incredible scenery- cliff-sides, rock formations, and Mountain Views. It took us a couple hours, pretty easy but got a little strenuous on the hills on the way back. Expect a lot of people and lots of picture taking, as the cliffs are hard to resist! There are a lot of vandalism such as name carving and some littler, but definitely worth the adventure it brings.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with great views! Depending on when you hike, be prepared for a ton of people to be out.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Easy hike. Great views. Pet and kid friendly! Highly recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail with good views. Easy hike with well maintained path. Very heavily trafficked. Only took us about an hour with all the stops for photos.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Fairly simple out & back trail, rocky at some points- can be slick when wet. Small creek & waterfalls, hawksbill crag and some iconic views during the hike. Hike out is all uphill.

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rocky
2 months ago

Fairly easy hike with a couple smaller falls halfway through the trail. If you have someone with you, you can make your way underneath them. I suggest going during the week when less people are on the point. The drive up the mountain is really something so prepare for rocky roads. I’ve been twice in winter and the view was well worth it.

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rocky
2 months ago

it's a great short hike

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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

I followed the creek at the second creek crossing and found two major waterfalls amd several smaller. I then took a smaller stream to the left to what I beleive was Double Compton Falls, I scrambled up the left side of the falls amd ended up on the regular Whittaker Point Trail which I followed to the end to Whittaker Point then went back to the trailhead. Use caution if you follow my trail as some of the rocks are very slick. Go at your own risk.

hiking
2 months ago

My second visit here was late in the day, arriving with maybe 90 mins of daylight left. It’s an easy out and back hike, Stunning views no matter what time of day,

Fun trail. Spectacular views.

Great trail!

3 months ago

what is the best way from Clarksville? I see one on hwy 21 and another from hwy 16.

3 months ago

Pretty easy trail even on the way back out and up. Nice views of the valley below and great photo opportunity on the rock if you're brave enough.

hiking
3 months ago

Really loved this trail and so did my hiking pal, Bear, my Morkie. It made our whole trip. Road up is a little steep and rough, but doable, even for my little Chevy. Mini waterfall and great views get better once you reach the waterfall and continue on. I also found a cool little rough green snake. Great people on the trail today. I will do this trail again when I make it back. Everyone should experience. The trail is beaten in pretty good, so it's hard to miss; however, I felt the actual trail could have been marked a little better, apart from the few random side trails people made. Unfortunately, some people left some trash behind in the lot. Remember to pack it in, pack it out. Monday morning hike, so parking wasn't terrible. Lot was full when I got back to vehicle though.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great trail ( a little muddy in places and had a few steep places coming back out). The crag itself and the rock formation behind it or to the left of it made for some awesome picture taking. The views of the valley below and all of the fall colors (from the top of the crag) were amazing. This is a wonderful trail to cross off of your bucket list! Will do it again. My husband and I went on a sunny Tuesday and there were quite a few people on the trail. The road in (from the main highway) is straight up and pure hell! We were in a Toyota Tundra and I was scared! Lol! However, we saw small cars (Honda civic) up at the trailhead and a sign that showed another way to get to the trailhead. The trailhead had cars parked on both sides of the road. Don’t let the little foot path behind the Forestry signs/information placards fool you. The actual trail starts across the dirt road from the big signs. It is marked with a small little sign that says “trail”. A MUST DO at least once if you are ever in Ponca.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail. Pretty easy. Cool little waterfalls about halfway down off to the right. Worth hiking down to see the second set of falls. there is a trail that leads down. for some reason a lot of people were climbing down the rocks, that's totally unnecessary unless you want to. The view at the end was really nice.

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