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

We love this trail. Even with the river beds dry later in the summer it is still a lot of fun to hike and climb the rocks. The cave was awesome! Bring a flashlight or headlamp! A great place for a family outing. Our kids love it as much as we do!

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful! Unfortunately, the drought affected the water flow; but still worth the trek.

I really liked this trail. The first part is easy and then it gets more challenging. There are a lot of stairs, but the views and natural formations are worth it. Saw 3 snakes on my hike, one copperhead. The day was hot and dry so the rocks were not slippery. I did the hike in tennis shoes and was just fine.

hiking
11 days ago

Do not go clockwise on the trail. you need to go counterclockwise or stay to the right because if you follow the sign left, the trail starts off kind of clear but about a mile into it it gets very very thick and is not well worn at all. The trail gets thick and difficult to follow and there are still trees down blocking the path that you have to go through under or over. Overall, it was an okay hike and I think it will be better in the fall especially after a heavy rain.

Was really excited for this trail. Left early morning from Kansas to come to this trail and we walked it for a good 45 minutes and realized there is no water at all... nothing like the pictures show. I was really disappointed.

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.

hiking
13 days ago

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.

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.

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
21 days ago

Amazing hike with great stops like Cobb Cave and Eden Falls

Beautiful

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.

Use caution when exploring the cave. The rocks are very slick.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

3.5/5
Hiked on a rainy day with two teenagers and two adults in our group. I would rate it on the lower end of moderate. The most difficult portion comes with the cave area, where you’ll need to scramble smooth rocks if you want to see everything. A headlamp will help with the cave, too. The water level was too low to enjoy the falls, but there were some cool views, anyway.

This hike is rocky, but well worth the spectacular view. Leave your Chacos at home and wear trail shoes or hiking boots!

My wife and I hiked this and it’s amazing!!! The cave at the end is pretty cool!! Beautiful hike!!

Great views of the Buffalo River - loved the bluffs and winding trail along the rocks. No ticks were found, although a ranger did mention that some of the lesser traveled trails nearby had many problems with this. Loved the views--beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful trail, even with low water levels. I went into the cave where there is a small spring fed waterfall. A headlamp is very helpful to make to crawl back to the cave. My 6’4” husband couldn’t get to the cave. The first part of the trail was easy, after that I would rate it as moderate.

A fairly easy trail except for about 1/4 mile section coming back up. Other than that, highly recommended! Go during the week to avoid a lot of foot traffic. I went in mid September and saw 0 other people, it was fantastic. I’ve also hiked it on the weekends and it was a few more people than you might want. Hiked it on January 1st as well, and that was perfect weather (not as pretty without the leaves though).

We hiked from Boxley to Pruitt (roughly 37 miles) from June 6-9. It was hot and tick-filled but a great backpacking trip! The trail was a bit overgrown in some parts, but still pretty easy to navigate--a good amount of blazes helped! Lots of already established backcountry campsites. Sadly, campers before us did not do a good job practicing LNT principles :-(

Quite a few creek beds were dry but we were still able to find a good amount of water.

Awesome trail. Loved the rock stairways and different water falls along the way. Wish we were there when water was running. It would be even more beautiful in early spring.

hiking
1 month ago

Very fun for those who love waterfalls. Kinda crowded on weekends and holidays but overall super fun and beautiful

Beautiful!! The trail leading out is extremely rocky so hiking boots are recommended. The goat trail is very narrow - I would not take young children up or anyone frail or afraid of heights. Amazing view!

We camped at the campground the night before in really hard rainfall so of course the trail was really wet when we went the next day. It was really pretty and we only saw one other group on our hike on memorial day weekend. The trail is kinda hard to find, a park ranger had to point us the right direction. Definitely worth the hike. There are several lookout points and waterfalls along the trail. We were also able to sit at the edge of a waterfall looking out onto the river. It was a great spot for our morning snack!

The trail is great but was wildly busy on a weekend day. There was barely any parking left and the trail was crowded. That being said, it's a fun hike with lots to see. There's a couple little caves and the one at the end of the trail is fun to crawl through. Bring a headlight or flashlight and enjoy. Right when you enter the cave, there's a room on the left that you have to duck into, but is quite tall once inside and is a cool place to see.

This hike was a little more strenuous that initially anticipated but the views from the bluff were great. We were there in the fall and the colors were beautiful. I would recommend hiking boots and possibly trekking poles depending on skill/ability. Part of the hike is through a drainage area during rainfall so expect mud if it recently rained.

The views while walking along the bluffs were awesome! The rest of the hike, we couldn't see anything besides dense forest. Also, several sections of the trail were in fairly poor condition, with some steep sections of mainly loose rocks.

Hike this last year. Amazing views along the goat trail. Views make the strenuous hike back up well worth it.

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