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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!

Tough Trail but we really enjoyed it. It rained 2 days before we started so there were 2, shin high, water crossings before getting to Barkshed campsite the first night. You can filter water from those locations and also at Barkshed. Ticks we're in abundance! We lost count how many were on our bodies and inside our tent.

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 !!!!!

25 days ago

Beautiful trail and place !!!!!

The trail head looks like a closed logging road not a trail head, i didnt know i was on an actual trail until i could hear the waterfall, the trail itself is dismal, unmaintained, and over grown in many sections. As a result i was picking ticks off the entire way. The waterfall itself was decent but not worth the hike

If you’re in the area, this is a must see. I may be biased since this was the spot my hubby popped the question, but I think it’s one of the most magical places on earth! Stroll down the wooden walkway, it’s fully accessible, take deep breaths-that’s simple purity! Make sure to touch the water, the air around it gives you a hint of just how cold it is, but TOUCH it! If you’re able, instead of just taking the same path back to your car, head up the mountain (if you’re looking at the spring it’s on your left). It’s pretty steep, but also pretty neat! It leads up to an old well and road and will take you right back out to the parking lot.

I’m still in shock that I’ve been coming to Gunner Pool my entire life and never knew this amazing spot existed! Yes, the road down to Gunner off 14 is rough, but I remember back to when it was one lane the whole way and would almost knock the tires off a pick up truck! I made the trek today in a 2 wheel drive GMC Acadia and was fine-just take your time. The initial turnoff wasn’t hard to find but the actual trailhead was a little confusing for me because the marker didn’t call it a “horse trail” it said “walk in for turkey hunters”. Anyway, I gave it a shot after noticing the letter A hammered into a tree. The abandoned road was grassy, but nothing major. I used plenty of DEET because I’m living with Lyme disease that I most certainly picked up here in AR-just beware. The creek bed was dry so the first waterfall on the right before the road curves back to the left (Mud Springs) was not flowing-in high water you can hear it and trek off to see an additional falls! After crossing the dry creek bed it got pretty wooly, but still nothing unmanageable. When I finally got to the falls I lost my breath for a moment at the sheer untouched beauty. I literally hit my knees and said a prayer of thanks for such a masterpiece! I can’t to share this 60 foot hidden gem with my daughters!

I’ve only done the Gunner Pool to Blanchard Springs section of this trail (and back in the same day) and it was something I’ll never forget! It was simply gorgeous and so varied, yet mild enough that we completed this trek in a day with one adult and 4 children (ages 10, 8, 6, 4). By the end we were all exhausted, in the best way possible, and had all taken turns carrying the 4 year old. Both campgrounds have toilets, but only Blanchard has showers and such. I can’t wait to take another bite out of this trail!

It was great just a long drive to get to the trailhead.

1 month ago

It was amazing and beautiful!

Fun and easy stoll. Gets better if you walk deeper into the woods.

Walk past the spring and up the gorge. More fun for the adventurous child.

The whole 23 miles is wonderful, absolutely one of the best Arkansas trails, and also one of the finest trails in the southeastern U.S. Six trailheads make it perfect for day trips or camping in Forest Service campgrounds, and backpack camping is allowed.

3 months ago

What a wonderful place we'll worth the 2.5 hour drive. My German Shepherd went swimming the weather was in the high 70's. I will be coming back to camp and go to the cavern.

great trail

3 months ago

Very nice walk. Beautiful scenery.

We hiked from Barkshed to Gunner Pool and back. It was beautiful. Both recreation areas are a great place to bbq and relax after a rigorous hike

So easy and beautiful. I could sit here and enjoy all day. Try to go during the week. The weekends get real busy.

4 months ago

Did this trail in July 2017. So beautiful. Very busy on weekends

So Beautiful.... easy trail and family friendly!

Beautiful in the winter, wide well marked path, and nice falls with great climbing rocks. The road getting there was a pain. Rocky, narrow lane, with sliding gravel.

We walked about 3 miles in and then back (we had two kids and they got tired). . Good trail for young kids (5 and 7) with some slight climbs and some nice views of the hills and bluffs. Not the most scenic trail ever, but again, we didn’t go the entire way.

Good family trail. Very wide. We hiked with our two sons 2 1/2yrs and 4yrs. Going to the falls is all down hill but gradual down hill coming out is all up hill. Plenty of places to stop and and take a break if you need to. We hiked at the end of December and there was neat ice formations at the bottom of the falls. Follow the directions of other commenters to get there. The old log road 1140 is clearly marked and there is a place to park. No troubles getting there but it is about 9 miles down a dirt road. We are used to dirt roads and thought the road was manicured very well coming up the Green Mountain Road.

scenic driving
6 months ago

Easy Hike and Beautiful views along the way.

8 months ago

North Sylamore Trail Review.
Loved it! I’ve written several reviews and have been
excited to finally get a piece of this trail and write a solid review! 3 of us backpacked from Cripple Turkey to Allison Nov 9 through Nov 12th. We used Sylamore Creek Camp ‭+1 (870) 585-2326‬ as transport to the trailhead. (Great service) we hit the trail head around 11:30 am and began. I preface by saying we normally push it hard but wanted a trip we could relax on. We hiked 10 miles Day 1 and camped at Barkshed Campground. When you cross the river bridge at Barkshed continue up the dirt road a few hundred feet turn left on first dirt road you will find a great Pavilion, outhouse, Trashcan and fire pit for night one camp. On this section it is up and down switchbacks most of the time (PACK LIGHT) I had 60lbs on my back and that sucked! Most of the entire trail is very rocky with what I call ankle breakers, rocks golf ball size to softballs. In the fall trail is leaf covered and the rocks are hidden (I hurt my ankle pretty bad in first 5 miles) this isn’t the most scenic section but still good. Lot of the trail is narrow and slanted down mountain so your ankles constantly taking a beating (good shoes are imperative and trek poles) No water on Day one so pack it in! DAY 2 (there is river water here to filter) we woke up Friday morning had breakfast and camp fire (temp around 34°) around noon we hit the trail and trekked approximately 5.1 miles to Gunter Springs. This section is pretty awesome. You hike up and over several bluffs as you can see in my pics. Just a very scenic hike. Very little water as most of the time as you are up high above the river. We only saw one rat snake on the trail and a chipmunk. Gunter Springs is a great little camping area. When you cross the river bridge you will see all the camping available. DAY 3 Gunter springs to Blanchard Springs, we did some side sight seeing so our mileage was nearly 7 miles. This was my FAVORITE section of the trail. The trail changes topography so much. You find the two biggest climbs on this Section with great Vista views. You can check out my recorded tracks I’ve labeled camp areas (not campgrounds) we wished we had know about. When coming down the mountain you will see a sign that says Blanchard Springs upper camp, that’s you! If you don’t take that trail you will walk an extra 1.5 miles plus a wet water crossing to get there. Great camping grounds with bathrooms, showers, and more. Here we hitched a ride in the back of someone’s truck up the mountain and did the Caverns Tour ($10.50 each) I highly recommend this. Amazing Caverns. Ask for Uncle Dale at the Caverns and tell him I sent you(he will know us as the 3 guys he gave a ride back to the campgrounds) he will say “Right On Brother” every other sentence haha. DAY 4 Blanchard to Allison was another incredible hike. You will go through Jungle, Forest, grassy lands, massive bluffs, and caves. Once you get into the rocky caves every corner is a more impressive cave or waterfall area (take time to take it all in) this Day was just over 6 miles for us! All in all it was a great trail. As always if you have questions I’d love to help you Chris (405) 201-5869 also checkout my other hikes at http://www.ChrisGeeAdventures.com

Hardly a hike at all, but loads of fun stuff to see with the spring, waterfall, and the old mill. Beautiful spot for stargazing as well. The hike down to the waterfall takes less than 20 minutes.

on Mirror Lake Trail

8 months ago

beautiful waterfall. area to crossover wasn't too bad but def need waterproof hiking boots.

9 months ago

Beautiful little trail. Scenery all along the way exceptional.

on Mirror Lake Trail

9 months ago

Really beautiful! We had our baby with us in a carrier and it was a nice, easy trail with plenty of shade. Would definitely visit again!

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