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Great short trail! LOVED the waterfall! Got a lot of close up pictures and the water was so clean and cold!

beautiful and challenging. well worth the trip.

Definitely not my favorite trail to go hiking on. Take tons of water with you. My friend and I arrived at the trail at 10:00 am, it was about 77 degrees out. Getting to the bluff was not too bad besides walking through thousands of spiders. (If you are the first one on the trail, take something with you so you can get the spiders out of the way.) On the way back we almost died (somewhat being dramatic but not really.) It was 95 out when we began our hike back. So stay hydrated!!

The end result is absolutely beautiful. However, what some people fail to mention is the amount of spiderwebs you have to hit down. My friend and I were the first hikers of the day—we had to knock down (not exaggerating) about 100 spiderwebs WITH spiders on them.

We got to the (beautiful) bluff, hung out for awhile, and went back. The hike back nearly killed us. It was pushing 100 degrees and the hike up the mountain was horrid with all of the bugs buzzing around.

I would advise doing this trail when it’s cooler out because of the amount of bugs, spiders, and hills you’ll have to go up.

This hike isn't too difficult and the view is AMAZING. There is a place in the bluff where you need to crawl through a small opening, which may be difficult for dogs and some people. One of the most beautiful views I've ever seen.

hiking
8 days ago

There were numerous spots where we had to cross streams. At one point near the end, we were staring across a river at the spot where the trail continued... on the other side.

Hiked this trail today. We ended up going close to 7 miles round trip. The trip down to the bluffs is pretty rocky so you .definitely need good shoes and some poles would be good too. It is mostly downhill in and mostly uphill out. But so worth it! We didn’t go the whole way in the goat trail but the part we did see was pretty amazing and we saw some amazing rock formation in the bluffs. One part looked like some kind of cave dwelling the view of the buffalo river was also pretty spectacular as well. I would like to come back in the fall when there aren’t as many trees blocking the view on the way to the bluffs.

Really love this little loop. Pretty easy path through lots of woods. A few exposed stretches. Only real complaint is that it's so close to the road in some places.

the trail is a very nice one and not too difficult, as long as you're fine with the hundreds of spiders you'll need to clear before being able to walk... not enjoyable at all.. which is a pity as its a great environment.

This is not a easy trail at all so please don't bring kids and/or pets on this trail! If you walk across the creek it can be slippery on the rocks and can easily hurt yourself as well. There is a trail along the creek but it can be dangerous as it's not wide and at times is close to a 100ft drop. When you do get to the Eye of the Needle there are ropes to climb to help climb up and do use them because if you lose your balance it's not good. Other than the dangers this is a hike that's worth it! Hiked with a friend and we enjoyed all the views that the trail offers!

Very easy trail with beautiful views!

road biking
9 days ago

Great beginner trail. The area that follows the bluff/river line is very well maintained. Small portion of the trail was overgrown, we just bypassed. Kid friendly

hiking
11 days ago

An OK walk through the woods. A 2 star trail that I give 3 stars b/c one can post-hike swim in Beaver Lake. There are many other trails in NWA that are better, but I have not found one on Beaver Lake that loops to an ending point right on the lake (as opposed to having to drive to the lake, like I had to do after hiking the Pigeon Roost or War Eagle/Little Clifty Creek trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail. A lot of people on the look outs who were kind of camped out made it a little less enjoyable, but if people don’t bother you, the trail is nice. Great in the spring with the dogwoods blooming and lots of flowing water.

A keeper, but with caveats. First, I suggest reversing the trail, starting at Cove Lake. (The trailhead is almost directly across from the Cove Lake entrance. If you do not want to pay the $5 fee for parking at the lake, there is room for two cars to park next to the trailhead.) Reasons to reverse the trail: its becomes up-down and you end up at the lake. The trail is 12+ miles one way. (I hiked only 4+ miles in.) Not a spectacular trail (at least the first 4 miles), but enjoyable.

backpacking
12 days ago

Spent the weekend here at the beginning of June. The trail is clearly marked, but very overgrown and sometimes hard to see past the overgrowth. There's a beautiful campsite near a creek and one right past a dirt road. Plenty of camping spots near the waterfalls. It was strenuous. The climbs can be rough. A lot of loose rocks and larger rocks and roots. Wear very comfortable shoes that are water resistant. You have to cross some creeks.

Nicely kept. Well marked and easy to follow. Gets muddy fast and there are tons of different rock sizes throughout the path. Be sure to wear supportive shoes. We went in summer so the hike was pretty much just through tree canopies without much of a view but he bluff has a great view for a lunch time stop. Overall a pretty hike with a challenging hike back the the trailhead.

hiking
13 days ago

On the plus side, we saw whitetail deer, a box turtle and countless grey squirrels; plenty of wildlife. And who doesn’t love a field of ripe wild raspberries?! We even took time to swim in the clear waters of Beaver Lake at a cove beside the trail. It’s a lovely hike, no doubt. That said, the trail is not always marked clearly, the raspberries have nearly taken over at one point and the ticks—both deer and seed—have got a firm claim to the area. All in all, however, it was well worth the effort.

There is a back country camping area on the map, but we were led to believe it is not open for use.

Also, not sure how it comes over at 4.7 miles. We recorded it at 5.1 and the ranger we spoke to said it’s closer to 6. For Boy Scouts there is a trail patch available through the West Arkansas Council. See their website for details.

Great hike. Very scenic. Heavily trafficked on weekends. Worth it though.

Made this hike solo on 6/30/18. The most recent rain was 3-4 days prior so the creek bed was fairly dry and it was possible to stay on it without getting too wet. Make no mistake, this is a strenuous hike. Even in the peak of summer there are pools of water that leave the rocks slippery and there are sections that require mild acrobatics to climb. There are some beautiful views and wildlife on the creek bed path. At the end of the creek bed there is a cave which is easy enough to climb up to but I did not enter - there is a sign posted about the bats suffering from White Nose. Close to it there are two ropes that can be used to climb further on to the Eye of the Needle. I did not do so as I did not think it would be worth the risk of injury, and I would definitely recommend taking a partner if you plan on scaling the rope climbs - the nearest help could be 1.5-2 mi of rough terrain away. Took me about 4.5 hrs with multiple stops just to sit and observe the surroundings on the way. Overall, this is a great hike. The physical challenge just adds to the feeling of accomplishment at the end.

backpacking
17 days ago

Awkward trailhead, had to park near the street. Walked further than spy rock and set up near a waterfall for the night. Wonderful night! Overall great trip and spy rock has great views. Not a strenuous backpacking trip.

A must hike if you are in the area. It’s worth driving down from KC, as did a couple I met on the trail. Not a solitude hike - I met 10+ people and two horses on the trail, and more at the trailhead. If you need to cool off after, hop in the Buffalo at Ponca.

hiking
23 days ago

I took my 2 and 5 year old out with my wife today. the kids had a blast. it was a little difficult for the 2 year old but that was expected. the trail is not hard at all going to the water fall. that's all the further we went because of fear of it getting dark on us with 2 kids. I cant believe how maintained the trail was this time of year. I expected a bushwack but this was a nice easy trail. very beautiful.

3.5/5
The views from the outcropping are one of a kind. You can see the river and surrounding terrain for a great distance, and everything looks kind of stereoscopic from that height. There are some cool formations and paths in the outcropping itself, too.
The views along the way, however, aren’t good. In fact, you’ll spend most of your time looking down to find sure footing on the chunky/rocky path. The view is definitely worth the hike, but you’re looking at ~2hrs of sort of boring travel in order to see it.

The trail is beautiful! My German shepherd went with me and he enjoyed it and loved the water! It was an easy trail.

My 2nd time here and it’s always beautiful !!!!!

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful trail and place !!!!!

hiking
28 days ago

Fantastic moderate hike. The trail is clearly marked and easy to keep track of. Which is great, because you really need to mind your footing with all the loose and embedded rocks. The overlook is fantastic. There’s a second ledge a bit past the first, so you can get some great pictures if you are hiking with a partner. This trail also offered several nice stopping points to take a break or grab some water. Easily one of my favorites in NWA.

Significant litter - cigarette butts and alcohol containers all over. Small muddy pond. Maybe ok for catching catfish, but not great for hikes.

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