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

hiking
1 month ago

Let me just start off by saying, the drive in is meant for people who have SUVs or trucks. We took my fiancé’s Camry and we almost got stuck. The drive down wasn’t too bad, but the drive back up the steep hill everyone mentions was rough. We got stuck about halfway up, started spinning out, so we had to back all the way back down. Luckily a guy with a tractor was coming through and dragged the road ahead of us so we could get some traction to get back up.

As far as the trail, we went early March of 2017, and it was kind of hard to find the trail head. There were some people making their way out when we got there, so we got lucky again. Once you make you way in, it opens up some. You come across a few four wheeler trails along the way. Crossing the creek was rough for us, since we were trying to keep our shoes dry and we didn’t have another pair, or any waterproof shoes. We walked barefoot across the creeks which hurt like a SOB on those rocks. Make sure you bring another pair of shoes to cross.

We made it about halfway through the trail, having crossed the creek about three times at this point. After talking to a few people who were on their way out, we decided to turn around. They all said the falls were dried up, and you have to cross the creek another 3-4 times. They also said it’s not that great compared to some of the other things you can see around the area. Tanyard loop is one of them, definitely worth the drive.

Not a terrible place if you’re trying to find something to do in the area. It’s pretty in most areas, and it’s not that difficult if you come prepared.

Great little trail! definitely need to be careful in spots. The cave entrance is a cool spot for pictures and plenty of nice views of the bluffs and river.

walking
2 months ago

This is a walk in the woods. Literally. It was nice but not overly scenic. No water features. It's an out and back.

Short but we'll kept trail. the trailhead is clearly marked. The bluffs are amazing but keep your dogs on a leash. Being so close to the house we will definitely do it again. Just wish it were longer. Oh, and look for eagles, beautiful if you can spot them.

Really nice trail! Not too overgrown when we went. It was not crowded at all and it was fun to take the dogs and let them run through the creek. Great little hike!

walking
4 months ago

Pretty well marked. Had to come from the south side because county road was fenced off from the north.

First off this is down a very steep mile dirt road. Vehicles that are low to the ground are gonna have trouble. Trail is nice this time of year with no overgrowth yet but you can tell when it gets warmer there will be tons of spiders and snakes. Water was up today and there are several places you need to cross. Bring water shoes or shoes you do not mind getting wet. Falls we’re not really great as there was just a small stream of water but it’s still beautiful. Nice hike to start off the spring season.

WHEN TO GO: Let me save you some time and tell you not to bother with this trail in the Summer. If the creek isn't flowing, there'll be no waterfalls to see, and, moreover, trying to find the trail when the vegetation is full-on will frustrate and confound you.

WHY IT"S GREAT: That said, once the Spring rains start falling, get ready to go see this one! We went this past weekend, and it was amazing. The trail, even now in February, is a bit sketchy, and requires lots of creek crossings - gets a bit chilly, but Tea Kettle Falls is definitely worth your efforts. You'll have the opportunity to see lots of other little Falls along the way, including Reynolds. The creek is gorgeous. I expected it to be churned up and muddy from all the rain, but it was clear and beautiful.

SEE ALSO: If you have time, also follow the road that takes you up to the top of the falls. The road curves around a bit and takes you longer than you might want to spend. There's a short cut, marked by trail signs, but it's a bit of a bushwhack, and you may be happier going the long way. Whichever way you go, it's worth your time. Seeing the water rush through the carved out rock just makes the whole experience better. There are PDF maps on the WMA's site, and you can see the road on there. The other waterfalls in the area are also marked on the map, so you could make a day of it.

GETTING THERE & TRAILHEAD: Regarding the road - it's fine. One of the better "back roads" in AR, so much so that I wouldn't even call it a "back road." It is a bit steep at one point, but anyone with a reasonable vehicle can manage it. As for finding the trailhead, it's not a problem right now, people have pretty much beaten a path to it. Check the satellite view on Google Maps before you go - you'll see it on there, no trouble.

4 months ago

Definitely will go again Me and my wife enjoyed camping and hiking

I wish it was longer! Lots of beauty! I was surprised

Quick and easy walk on level ground. Beautiful overlook. We had the place all to ourselves. Plenty of places for a picnic or just sitting and reflecting.

Trial has amazing views and is completely hidden

hiking
7 months ago

Simple hike through the woods. low traffic. Do all three short hikes in the park and it makes a nice afternoon.

Out of the way on dirt roads ( but well maintained). Trail is a nice walk, wide and not at all difficult. Trail is pretty but views at overlook are gorgeous! Well worth it. We will be back.

8 months ago

Super easy and short trail. Great for the kids, and absolutely gorgeous views. It’s not the easiest drive to get here, but totally worth it. There are several bluffs to stop and have lunch on, and would def do it again.

on War Eagle Trail

8 months ago

Three stars for me means a nice trail that I would do again. It’s not the ideal trail for young children, as there are some precarious bluffs where the trail is literally on the edge. We stopped and had lunch on a nice bluff with a great view. We made it down to the water so the kids could play around with the dog, and there weren’t many others out there. We encountered a fallen tree over the trail on our way in, and on our way out, there were some staff cutting it down. So it’s maintained nicely, and def worth the 30 min drive from Fay.

hiking
8 months ago

Great little trail that takes about an hour even stopping for pics. Nice view and saw some deer.

8 months ago

Nice little walk. If you do Kings Bluff, this is on your way back to 412, so stop here, too.

9 months ago

I can't rate the "trail" as I walked the dried up creek bed. (9/17/17). I was thankful for that as the trail is pretty overgrown (as most of the reviews state). Here were a few pockets of water, looked to be spring fed and beautiful water. Lots of armadillos

Just did this hike. We followed Jen York's directions below and it was spot on. Don't follow the directions from the app. Follow the creekbed vs the trail. Be prepared to get wet up to the chins / knees depending on when you go. Reynolds Falls was flowing but Kettle Falls wasn't. Still well worth it though.

Easy trail, beautiful view from the overlook.

Accidentally took a wrong trail and had to back track. Main trailhead is easy to find, we were just absent minded today. Hike is really easy, wide trail, small gravel, no bug rocks or inclines. Also incredibly quiet, which is a nice change from the popular trails. We didn't see anyone else on the trail. Overlook is lovely, reminded us of Hawksbill.

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fantastic views, but a short hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

We walked in the creek bed the entire time. Trail is very overgrown. Reynolds Falls is first, then walk about the same distance farther up the creek to find Tea Kettle Falls. You will leave the main Creek bed and follow a tributary into the Hollow (on the left). Beautiful place, but not much water today. Will definitely go back again.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Rough drive getting there. Glad I have a full size truck. After some searching, found the trail but it was too overgrown for me to go on with two 10 year old kids. But had a great time exploring up and down in the creek. I would consider trying again someday.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Easy hike for a gorgeous view. Signs on the road are helpful to get you to the parking space.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Went here yesterday with my wife and dogs and this was a bust. you have to drive for about 4 miles on rocky dirt roads. When you get there the trail isn't maintained at all. Nor is it clearly marked. It looks like an old road someone just said was a trail.

We parked at a gravel lot and started walking. As we went up it we had to dodge and climb various obstacles such as mud pits, multiple fallen trees, and lots of old barb wire. We got to a point I thought was a trail, but turned out not to be at all.

Don't waste your time with this "trail". We finally had enough and turned back.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Drive here yesterday with my wife and dogs and Holy crap the drive itself was treacherous. it started as a dirt and gravel road. Then the rocks got a lot bigger and the road a heck of s lot steeper with washout areas and deep ruts. Once you start down you cannot turn around until the bottom and the way down is hair raising.

We finally made it to the spot, an open green field next to a stream and there were no paths at all. Not even an animal path. We searched around and only found a road with water running over it.

So we called it another bust and headed back up the scary climb. if we didn't have an all wheel drive SUV we probably would have gotten stuck.

DO NOT TRY WITHOUT LOTS OF GROUND CLEARANCE AND ALL-WHEEL DRIVE/FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE!!!

Unless someone forgot to maintain it, this is definitely not a trail. Don't waste your time.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The view was amazing! The bluff was breathtaking highly recommend it!

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

One of my favorite trails in Arkansas. I've never seen another person on it in all the times I've been there. It's short and very easy with a great Arkansas view of one the prettiest rivers around. Highly recommend (but only to certain people. It's nice keeping it a secret so it stays pretty.)

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