Explore the most popular cave trails in Arkansas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Love this place!! So many different routes. I use this walk a ton since it is by my home and such beautiful scenery. Pet friendly and always clean and well kept areas. Beautiful water falls throughout.

Easy short hike with a big payoff
Be sure to go after a good rain.
Trail head is Almost exactly parallel to the state park entrance sign on Fayetteville end.... on opposite side of highway. Park in the lot stay on lot side and walk 100y back towards park. It will be on your left . Follow trail left until a clearing on right . Turn R there. If you get to a creek and bluffs. Turn around.
Trek poles and waterproof boots recommended!
Have fun !

Nice trail for hiking and photography! Many things to see along the way

Be mindful of the landslide that occurred in the counter-clockwise direction (mile 15 and 14) as of January 7th, 2019. But other than that, the trail was clearly marked and offered beautiful scenery. I like to recommend this trail to people that are just getting into backpacking, but even if you aren’t a beginner, you will love this small section of the Ozarks that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.

January is a great time to go. We passed only four hikers.

Great views, great hike! Not a ideal hike if you’re afraid of heights like me!

hiking
11 days ago

I thought that it was nice that this trail was paved. However, there was more man made scenery than nature. I could hear the main road most of the time and that distracted me from the sounds of nature. Also, there was some machinery that was fenced off and it was loud walking next to it. I did get some good milage walking this trail all the way to the campsites and then back to the CCC water tower.

hard to find the trail but it was really fun and there's a lot of cool caves.

Gorgeous

Beautiful hike. Will do this one again. Only a couple steep areas and a few water crossings after rains.

This place is incredible! You’ll get wet, but worth it if you get to see the Falls in all their glory!

This trail was the high light of our weekend, the hawksbill crag at the end was well worth the walk and the views are simple breathtaking, BUT there are some minor set backs, there was probably 40 - 60 cars in the parking lot which meant the trail was gonna be busy, so kinda crowded for when we went, also the county road into the trailhead is nearly 6 miles of very steep gravel road, please don't have any trouble with your brakes on your vehicle because it could lead to an interesting ride down on the way out, all and all great trail and worth the drive

hiking
14 days ago

This was more like a state park setting, the trail takes you down to the natural bridge which in itself is worth the trip, but you should go on around the LOOP and visit the rock formations and caves on the backside, plenty of spots to sit and enjoy

enjoyed the 60 degree Jan weather. lots of rain days before so all creek crossings were shin deep. water fall was spectacular as was the pools in the creek. haven't been in drier time but would assume you will always get wet feet at some time. there are other trails that branch off the main line that aren't shown on the map. definitely a great hike

This one kicked my butt today. The trail splits frequently so pay attention. And do not go when it’s hot unless you enjoy heat stroke. It was amazing weather today but I wouldnt want to be out there any warmer than it was ( a balmy 64 in January ) but incredibly strenuous. I’m not fit by any means, but even the healthy peppy college kiddos out there were dying. Pack a ton of water and if you are asthmatic bring your inhaler !
Water proof hiking boots and trek poles will make your life so much easier. The trail is basically a creek bed after a rain. With wet leafy stone steps . Going down watch your step, going up watch your breathing lol. Get there early if you go on a weekend it was Uber crowded. Ps if you drive a little car it’s a muddy dirt road with huge holes and washboards . Be careful ! I would say no for kids. It doesn’t have the drop off like the goat trail, but lots of places to slip, several creek crossings and overall every kid I saw today was absolutely exhausted halfway in.

It was incredibly beautiful! But be prepared for some hard work !

Some times hard to see where the trail was but this was a great trip. Lots of climbing and adventure.

A great time for everyone in the family.

backpacking
17 days ago

The trail was difficult at times (maybe my own fault, because I overestimated my beginner abilities ;-) ). Besides that, amazing views. Our dog enjoyed himself too. We will definitely return.

backpacking
19 days ago

The beginning and the end of the hike will test you, but the landscape is worth it. Highly recommend.

loved this place

Great trail! We got a lot of cool photos, explored the underneath cliffs, and enjoyed the weather. The trail is very wet so bring shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.

Great day hike, good pay off at the end. Beautiful views and unique rock structures.

walked the whole loop with my 9yr old in a few hours, the outer portion has small footpaths mainly for bike use and is prone to ticks when thier out. No big overlooks, but there are some neat historical sites and it didn't seem to have alot of traffic, if you do the full loop, in the outer areas. Great for stretching it out for an hightempo hike.

Good for all ages and has plenty to see, caves, waterfall, creeks, hills and large timber. Can have heavy traffic at times.

Every trail here is amazing... beautiful place.

Caves, waterfalls and the bridge were all beautiful!

Says it’s closed, but if you park at the part where the road is closed it’s a .4 mile walk to the trailhead, and the trail is smooth sailing. Worth it for the view!

backpacking
23 days ago

Backpacked to Richland falls and set up camp at the split off. Trail was decently marked to Richland falls and to twin falls with. Trail was unmarked from twin falls to the top to see the caves. Once you find the trail it is easy to follow but it would be easy to get off track if your not paying attention.

Passed several small campsites along the way. There are spots to camp in the caves as well which looked very nice.

Overall this is a great area with some easy parts and some pretty difficult sections. Excellent views from the top (no leaves on the trees) hanging out in the caves is well worth the climb up from the creeks.

hiking
25 days ago

I hiked this trail on Xmas Eve. Always a good walk. I retired an old hiking stick on the trail. I left it at the intersection of the bench trail and the waterfall trail. Maybe it will help someone get to the top of the falls.

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