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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.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 413 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Cave

Forest

River

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Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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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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Rena Stroud
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HikingGreat!

This hike was the best of the trip. The trail was enjoyable and easily traveled with kids. The road to the trailhead is rough! Our F250 had a bumpy ride, but we managed. Less equipped vehicles may have a difficult time. Exercise caution if roads are wet and muddy

Meredith Moore
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Hiking

Beautiful! Go early in the morning or it will be super crowded. I prefer starting before 6-7am to avoid the masses.

Kaleb Notte
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Luis Aco
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

It was really a power of a hike if you are able to branch off and explore safely I recommend it if you with a group. Really worth the drive thru a bunch of scattered potholes one your commute up the steep hill so also drive safely look ahead of weather conditions so overall you won’t either get in the mud on the drive to the beginning of the trail ooor ending up all muddy from the hike to the view point!

Scott Damery
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Erich A.
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HikingGreat!
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Ashton St Germain
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Hiking

Such a relaxing hike and the end is beautiful.

Melanie Blain
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Beautiful trail - worth going all the way to the end. Breathtaking views - literally. I’m not a huge fan of heights so there were a few spots that made me nervous, but overall an excellent trail. Not too challenging - slight inclines, clear trails, beautiful trees.

Caradee Fisher
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Best hike. so calming and breathtaking

Stanna Dawson
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Beautiful! So many waterfalls off to the right as well. Haley’s, Thousand kisses, and the Compton’s.

Heather Ward
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HikingGreat!RockyWashed out

Long drive off of hwy. County road needs some work and it was so bumpy for 6 miles. (Yes dirt roads take forever with 6+miles) also rough leaving the other direction so prepare for a day of driving and little service. Nice clear trail though that is all under a canopy. No markings but easy to navigate. Beautiful scenery to make you proud of your state. Remarkable sights that will be worth the trek! It was pouring on us so not the easiest hike and had a 10 year old complaining about blisters. She rode piggy back out on me and my bf. We have stiff bodies today needless to say but so glad we rode it out. Well at least someone did!

Jenna Suen
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Brent Murray
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Benjamin Wolf
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Easy to follow and great views!

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barb sovereign
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this took us longer but we completed it. I am older and not in the best of shape. it was the coming back that I struggled with...the incline but I finished. lots of encouraging younger people. I am not fast but am soaking it all in and learning to be fully present. my friend was encouraging and that helped. more trails tomorrow.

Brenda Olguin
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LOVED THIS TRAIL. Hike is pretty easy! The first part of the drive up is pretty horrible because of the steep inclines and gravel road. I drive a Saturn Vue and put it in low and it did fine. The drive up does take some time if you go slow like I did because I wanted to be somewhat careful with my car. The hike was awesome, shaded and cool! Hardly no bugs. Bring water because although it was shaded it was still 3 miles!

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Emma Boyett
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Hiking

Well maintained trail with a lot of shade from trees and a great view! Only a couple steep spots on the way out.

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Alexes Pittman
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The trail was hard to find due to the map of it being on one side of the road and the trail head being in the other. There was a sign however that said trail but was covered by overgrown grass and branches. However, it was worth the getting lost and hiking 2 trails when the bluff was reached. Such a beautiful view.

Samantha Weiss
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Cool trail, very busy but worth the trip! Just be prepared to do a decent amount of hiking. Took about an hour to get to Whitaker Point, but definitely worth it! Lots of smaller trails all throughout, but it seems as though whichever you decide to take you'll still get to the point. Beautiful view and be prepared for a good hike!

Katie Grace
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Hiking

Very easy trail to follow. There's several splits but either way will take you to the cliff. (One is usually a little harder but shorter than the other.) Very beautiful views!

Leyna Tobey
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This was a great trail! We began around 9:45 and finished around 11:30, spending a good amount of time taking pictures at the look out spots along the way and Whitaker Point. It got pretty hot but the entire trail was shaded which helped! The drive to the trail was rough as soon as we got onto County Road 5. We were in an all wheel drive mid-size SUV and almost got stuck a few times on the steep incline...be ready for a while drive in!

Ashley Ralph
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Hiking

Tough drive up to the trail parking (we were in a Toyota Camry) but doable in good weather. Great hike and lovely views. Mostly shaded, rocky, and a few optional pathways that lead to the same point so you can pick your path. Really enjoyable for a couple hours of hiking. The drive up added an extra 20 minutes on both sides of the trip to the main road.

Erica Haake
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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