White Rock Creek Falls Trail is a 5.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ozark, 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.

Length5.3 miElevation gain659 ftRoute typeOut & back
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The trail descends steadily for about 2 miles until you get to White Rock Creek, crossing Forest Road 1003 on the way (this is probably the road you drove up to get to White Rock). The area around the creek has many features. First, the trail will cross the creek twice in 0.2 miles and your crossings can be wet if the water is up. Second, there are lots of flat areas for camping just as you reach the first crossing and on the other side. There is a grotto up the creek before the first crossing that has a high but small waterfall (probably dry in the summer). Last, but not least, is the water fall between the two crossings. It is high volume with a large pool and can be seen from either side of the creek.

Park on side of the road. Backpack camping allowed on the trail. NF campgrounds at White Rock Mountain or at Shores Lake just a couple miles from the trailhead.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777 Boston Mountain Ranger District, 1803 N. 18th St., Ozark, AR, 72949, (479) 667-2191 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark

From Shores Lake NF campground,take FR 1505 and travel 4 miles up the hill,, turn left on White Rock Mountain Road, go .6 miles and turn right on to a jeep road, follow it a couple hundred yards to where the trail crosses over the road. Take the trail down hill to the west.

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Dora Poage
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we had a fabulous time hiking this trail and the waterfalls were so beautiful.

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Ryan Joyner
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Not great to be honest. Trail was tough which to me translates to good exercise. Not complaining there at all. The 5 miles though for 10 foot waterfall wasn’t worth it. There were more down stream, but if you didn’t have a canoe then don’t try it. Not one of my favorites. Wouldn’t do it again.

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Misty Berry
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Gez Rogers
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UPDATE: All Trails suggests you start at Shores Lake Campground, which appears to be now closed for the season. Also, the All Trails route stops short of a couple of really good falls along the way. Here are some way points that may help you if you do this trail: Park at 35.644534, -93.966355 (small clearing, the trail is dead ahead) The first falls is "Second Chance Falls" 35.66530, -93.96570 This is about 50 yards off trail and obviously creek side. It's a bush wack and scramble to get to them from the trail. The second falls are "White Rock Cascades" at 35.67111, -93.96820 and are easy to see and get to. Keep following the trodden path until you reach 35.67225, -93.97045. Go left to more falls and the bottom of them. Climb Right to get to the top. (This time I went bottom) When you meet the creek bed, and it was low water when I last visited, you will follow creek bed up stream as best you see fit. At approx 35.673126, -93.971310, which is right hand side of creek bed if you are following up stream, you will come across White Rock Creek Falls. This is a grotto type falls. Just slightly further up at approx 35.673553, -93.974002 is another beautiful pooled waterfall, and is unnamed as far as I can tell. If you have another couple hundred yards in you, then go upstream just a little further to Hesitation Falls at 35.67389, -93.97500.

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Gez Rogers
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Low water day, easy to cross the feeder creeks and criss cross the Creek. There are several water falls along here, and the all trails app stops short of two of the best!

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Cynthia Manning
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Very narrow and very long

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Melissa Timi
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Well, I don't know what to really say about this trail. The overgrowth of underbrush was pretty bad. The trail was easy to follow. After a few miles in I decided to turn around. Maybe go back in the spring. Doubtful. Disappointed. I posted pictures of the underbrush. Hopefully, it will be maintained better in the future

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Frankie Quigley
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Elizabeth Dunaway
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Really good trail! Easy enough for our kids and dog. We didn't make it all the way to the waterfall, but the trail was great even without that.

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Jessica Bassett
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Awesome trail! I've never hiked a trial rated "hard", but I would definitely say this could be like a moderate/hard. very narrow trail in some spots, a lot of obstacles, and very rocky. We found it pretty easy to follow. Would definitely recommend this trail if you're up for a challenge!

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Phillip Bassett
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For starters, when you get to the campground at the trail head it appears closed; however, we parked at the gate and started our hike there. Nothing says the actual trail head is closed. You can also chose to drive up the road a few hundred yards and start there, but that cuts about .6 miles (1.2 total) off your trail. This was a fun and challenging trail. Trail was well marked and fairly easy to follow. on the way back in there is one spot where the trail forks and we kept going straight when we should have went up the mountain. We were easily corrected when we realized we were in a spot we had not passed on the way in. I would highly suggest walking sticks. They come in handy for taking down the many spider webs, as well as navigating the tougher parts of the trail. there are many narrow spots, some over growth, and a few downed trees to navigate. To us that made it more fun and challenging, but those looking for a level, clear foot path would likely not enjoy this one. Also, not sure if the water was down or we just missed it, but we never saw the water fall in the other pictures.

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Nelson Thiab Linda Xyooj
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We were lost for a whole mile.... turn back and was able to find the trail.... it’s not a bad trail. Lots of tick, poison ivy, n really narrow trail ... start out not narrow at all but it got really narrow... took us about 5.5 mile there and back ... it was beautiful...

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Chris Berry
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Nice hike but we actually went the wrong way (East Loop) and I’ve never seen more poison ivy in my life. Thankfully, I do t get it. At the 2.3 mi mark we came to a Jeep trail that led us down to the large creek where we had lunch and swam — completely alone. Will have to try the west loop another time.

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steve Robertson
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the first time I walked down White Rock Creek, back in the late 80's, with the intention of being the first to run it from top to bottom (and I did!!!) I started at the top of the watershed where the confluence of several micro creeks form White Rock creek. on this hike, I found a pocket knife sticking out of a gravel bar. it was a Queen pocket knife made by Ontario Knife Co. in New York state and Ontario, Canada. I sent the knife back to them and they refurbished for free if I let them display it in their trade show. it was made in 1959 and had been down there since some outdoorsman dropped it decades before. point to the story: its a beautiful trail, but an even more beautiful off-trail hike that is seldom, if ever done. I know, I've probably hiked it more than anyone living! Tim Earnst needs to change the names of the waterfalls in his book back to the ones we listed when we gave him the locations of all the waterfalls. Tim you don't get to name it until you run it!!! there are many waterfalls, slides, ledges, rivulets, protected grottos and even a few patches of old growth forest if you know where to look. you can't go wrong hiking on White Rock creek!

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Jaylinne Flores
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not open !! does not say it but it is not opened. it is temporarily closed and it does not say when it will open.

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Donald Todd
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Great hike. Rocky in places but beautiful waterfalls at the end! Moderate to hard.

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Roger User
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Beautiful nice secluded trail.Some areas of the trails are flooded, muddy and it was worth it right at the end. We have to use the log to cross the other side of the creek to get to the waterfall. I rate this hike from moderate to hard hike at times.

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Ryan H
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Great trail. About 3 mi to falls. Had some narrow parts of the trail that were mildly difficult for beginners. Overall borderline hard/moderate trail and was a good one!

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Scott Fergel
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First time hiking this trail but can't wait to come back during the summer when it is all green. The trail offered some variety. Some ups and downs, the rock field you encounter just as you go over the road, the sound of the creek, the ledge and more. The trail was easy to follow. The parking lot at the trail head was full but we only saw two other couples.

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Kara Simons
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a perfect hike if you love the green / blue color of the ozark waters & hikes with little to no people. absolutely stunning!

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Mitchell Sutton
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Went this past weekend and really enjoyed it. There were trees that had come down by the falls so some obstacle climbing is necessary to get to them now. $3 parking fee required.

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Alex Kienle
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