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Richland creek is a premiere area in Arkansas. This is one of the best in the state.

Not a long trail. Runs along rocky stream to falls. very beautiful end of trail. Finding where to start it is a bit of a trick. It looks like a private road. Must park on opposite side of 74 in small 2 car parking area. ...Walk down the dirt(rock) road past private pond on your left ...could be muddy water on track road. Keep going until you see the National Forest Marker...that's where the real trail starts. It can be tricky to see the full falls to the bottom. The main trail ends at the top. Thr cascading water to try falls was a great place to rest and enjoy the beauty. ...Trail is not marked and not a groomed. I would do it again!

I was disappointed with this trail. It started nice and pretty. then end up having to cross the highway twice. We were unable to locate trail upon second crossing and had to walk highway back. when returning couldn't locate other trail head. the trail had plenty of sharp rocks and some glass so be careful for any 4 legged friends paws.

Great hike, great views

hiking
1 day ago

Gorgeous trail, a little more taxing than what I expected. Should have brought a little more than one small bottle of water. Trails are clearly marked, and The Grotto/waterfall was gorgeous, and the waterfall was so cold and refreshing. There was no cell service the entire time, so just something to keep in mind. The round trip loop with a stop/splash at the Grotto took about 2 1/2 hours.

Great little hike downhill ... to get there. The reward is well worth the trek back up the hill.

Took the dog and had a great hike. Had to move aside for a few mountain bikers, but the path was well maintained and easy to navigate. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
1 day ago

This was a beautiful, easy trail with an 8 year old. We did it in two hikes, once from the south halfway out and back, and once from the north. There is a beautiful stream halfway in and piped water from a spring. On the south side there is a small dam that they have created a swimming area with.

Loved seeing the Falls and Sandstone Castle, which is why I chose this trail. Would urge caution, as the trail is poorly marked and barely visible at times. I would consider this trail Hard rather than Moderate. When lost, the map is fairly accurate, so with the aid of a compass you will hopefully be able to find the trail (but I had my doubts at times). Also, suggest arm and leg covering attire as the trail is overgrown in many spots.

Beautiful, great swim hole!

there is a small cemetery at the start of a trail head just behind the welcome center . very well maintained and very clean hiking trail. just beautiful.

very nice

Never been here before and really loved the trails offered, even for a quick walk around... can’t wait to return!

very nice, well maintained trail. trail set up for both mountain biking and hikers. although I was disappointed that there was no view point or anything special about the trail. you could stare at a picture of a wooded trail and walk 6 miles and it'd have the same effect as if you had walked the whole thing.

Great walking trails walked two of the seven that they had. Beautiful views and well marked!

Great trail! Very shady and beautiful. Walking sticks would be helpful for spider webs.

2 days ago

Very creepy. Definite signs of people living in the hills/woods. Saw a grown man standing under the bridge at Chenal. He had his eyes closed and his head was facing the trail. I am 6'2" 245 lbs and this guy made me uncomfortable so I abandoned my hike and went back on the sidewalks of Chenal Pkwy. I won't hike there. again.

only complaint was that it was overgrown and chigger and tick infested but a good spray will take care of that.

This trail is paved and shady with interesting signs depicting different trees. At one point there is a nice area at the river to sit and enjoy the different birds calling out.

This is actually a collection of three trails to make it the loop as described here: Conventional clockwise loop: North Rim from the Visitors’ Center connects with Mossback Ridge, which connects with Greenfield, back to VC. But we did it backwards, clockwise, to get most of the climb in early while we were fresher. Enjoyed it. Trail varies from wide & easy to narrow and rocky. Got off trail once on Mossback section. Places could’ve marked better, especially Dill Point (rock outcropping) (but that may be skewed because we hiked the loop backwards). Map recommended. On North Rim section, if in doubt take fork toward the mountain, not toward valley, except to seek view from overlook.

the family loved this trail. it wasnt too difficult for my 7 yr old and the area is awesome.

From Indiana, always enjoy walking new trails. this is a beautiful trail taking into consideration where it's located. A nice mix of wooded trail, open preservation areas. and then throw in the lake all in 5+ miles. Great job Springdale.

under the canopy trail, stay out of Sun

under the canopy trail, stay out of Sun

amazing few. deffiniately not an easy trail. take your time, bring lots of water, and maybe an extra bottle for someone already ng the way

I enjoyed this trail a lot. Very diverse terrain and pretty throughout. My dog loves creeks so the spring was a plus for us.

We fit this nice n easy, wide trail in between rain storms. Shared the trail with maybe a dozen deer. With this trail, it’s easy to walk to the highest point in Arkansas.

If not long, it is a challenge. Map can be confusing. Use care in deciphering the route. Toward the end, trail requires some challenging, hands-on climbing. Some trail markers not clear. But lots of variety. Glad we did it.

Short and sweet

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