Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag)

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Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag) is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, 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

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

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. but this is not all, in the spring and fall rainy season you can discover a number of waterfalls.

hiking
3 minutes ago

Awesome hike! A little rocky along the way but overall a good trail. Read the reviews and watch for markers as it looks like some may have gone off the path. Saw many kids and older adults hiking and also dogs. The views are so worth it when you get to the top. Make sure your phone or camera is ready!

hiking
3 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail. The view is absolutely spectacular and worth the short hike it takes to get there.

I would advise you to wear hiking boots, though. The entire trail is loose/upright rocks that’ll surely trip you up.

Also, keep a close eye out for little orange triangles, they indicate the main trail and keep you on track. There are plenty of little side trails people have created that can confuse you when you get closer to the cliff.

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing trail! Surprisingly we didn’t get lost and we thought we would.. just make sure you follow the markers on the trees. It’s a really steep hill going down at first and of course really steep going back up but when you get to the top it is AWESOME!

6 days ago

Trail is steep going in and includes switchbacks. However, not too bad when you get past that. Beautiful vista point, and definitely one of the best/coolest pictures you'll ever take of yourself on that lookout point.

hiking
21 days ago

The only advice I have is to make sure and follow the orange triangles especially on the way back. Also use the bathroom in the town nearby because there are none by the trailhead. Overall, amazing hike and incredible view!! Loved how smooth the trail was! Definitely would recommend checking it out.

22 days ago

The views were awesome! We went during the week and saw very little traffic.

23 days ago

This was a trail recommended to us for the hike and views. We took the hike and were blown away by the views. Absolutely beautiful and peaceful. We went On a Saturday just before noon. There were not as many hikers as other reviews said. Highly recommend this hike. It’s a must see at the end of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little trail. Super easy and relaxing. Nice view at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

Great overlooks of the river and scenic region. A must-see in Arkansas for hikers.

1 month ago

Amazing viewpoint of the crag! Prepare to encounter a lot of people, as this is one of the most(if not THE most) popular trails in all of the Ozarks. About 40-45 minutes to the crag. Would be a good hike for kids because there isn’t a whole lot of elevation change. One of the best hikes in the area for sure!

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike and view! We couldn't find bathrooms or portapotties of any sort, so you might want to prepare for that if you don't have any luck either.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful place and a slight challenging hike. Would recommend and hike again.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! If you are driving from the southern region of Ozark the drive up is a bit scary (desolate dirt road for 10 miles). Other then that I had a great time!

1 month ago

Great hike! Incredible view at the end! This is a heavily trafficked trail, at least during the weekend when we went, so be ready for limited parking and lots of people and dogs. We had a great time, met lots of nice people, and pet lots of sweet pups. I highly recommend it!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely amazing hike, trail run, and views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail with forest, rocks, stream and great views and Hawksbill Crag at the end was very cool. Recommend this trail. Seemed shorter and less strenuous hike than expected.

2 months ago

The view is amazing

2 months ago

Awesome experience!!

2 months ago

A must-do! The views are breathtaking!

2 months ago

Prettiest view in Arkansas. The hike is very easy! Your car does the difficult job of getting you up the hill to the starting point of the trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of cool crags besides just Hawksbill. Also tons of trails, which could be good if you're in it for the adventure / exploration, but bad if want a quick in-and-out.
For the rock climbers out there, it has many great, solid walls, much like at horseshoe. This gave me several ideas for toprope routes (since I don't have the trad gear), but you may need to prussic your way back out.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hiking, beautiful views. Well worth the drive.
Hiked May 7,2018
Joseph & Frances Tomblin

2 months ago

this hike was the highlight of my trip to Arkansas/Missouri. When I came around the curve in the trail and saw the beautiful formation such emotion came over me. The beauty of what God created is so awesome!

2 months ago

One of the most beautiful places we've hiked. Just gorgeous and an easy hike to the crag.

2 months ago

great hike, beautiful water falls and overlook. pretty empty at 8am in parking lot. very full at 10am when we left

hiking
2 months ago

So beautiful, especially once you get along the ridge there are huge boulders that are just sitting along the edge. Awesome scenery and gorgeous overlooks!

hiking
3 months ago

I've been wanting to hike this for a long time and, while it was decent, it's not on my list to do again. The trail itself is nice, but nothing to write home about. When you get to a short, relatively steep descent across the little creek, you can go right which will go along the bluff or left (upstream) for a short period, then it will curve around parallel to the other trail and merge just before the Hawksbill Crag if you want an easier trail for some reason. Don't get me wrong, it was pretty nice: sticking out there all by itself. Take turns taking photos of each other. Standing on the crag itself, you don't even know your sticking out over the edge. It wasn't as big or as high as we thought it would be from the pictures we've seen. Again, it's worth doing, check it off your list, but I liked other trails in the area much better.

hiking
3 months ago

Great quick hike with many scenic views

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike to a very scenic overlook of the Arkansas Ozarks! Great photo opportunities at the end :)

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent view of the majesty of the Arkansas Ozarks. Highly recommend to anyone visiting the state.

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