Looking for a great trail near Ponca, Arkansas? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Withrow Springs State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Buffalo National River or Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Ponca ranging from 2.1 to 14.2 miles and from 1,000 to 2,201 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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backpacking
rocky
9 days ago

A true adventure! Went overnight backpacking through the Goat Trail, it was awesome! The trail itself is both challenging and relaxing, with good maintenance and shade. Although expect it to be VERY muddy on wet days, and obviously very crowded on nice days. This is a pretty strenuous hike since it’s almost 5 miles downhill and uphill, but not too bad. That being said, it’s definitely worth the trip for the views at Big Bluff. They are truly breathtaking, and not as dangerous as they may seem. But could be a little extreme for small children and those afraid of heights. All in all, it’s definitely a must see when visiting the Buffalo River or an amazing experience!

My favorite hike on the Buffalo! It’s a downhill hike to the bluff and straight uphill back. It definitely gets hard on the way back up but the view is totally worth it. The trail is well maintained and any parts that are muddy or have downed trees have auxiliary trails to go on.

hiking
11 days ago

Took this to see Granny’s house and it amazing to see how she lived back then. I wish I could have meet her and talked about what it was like back then. The internet has an interesting bio about her. The hike back is an uphill 4 mile walk. Remember, in the zombie apocalypse, rule #1 is “cardio,” and you will definitely get this on the way back. We did this with an 11yr old and 52yr old fat guy. Take breaks.

I hiked from Boxley to Pruitt in mid-March. I agree with other reviewers that the trail is prettiest from Ponca to Pruitt, but this 11 mile section still has its charm. Not a lot of views of the river, but still plenty to see, including several creeks and beautiful water features. Several sections of trail were VERY muddy, so definitely expect to go through a lot of that. Ultimately, I probably wouldn’t hike this section again, but I don’t regret doing it.

Hiked from Boxley to Pruitt in mid-March. I didn’t use any of the actual guidebooks when I was planning the trip, just studied the maps and read about other people’s hikes, but I would use one in the future, as they could’ve only added to my experience. Since the trail only reaches the river a handful of times, the only concern I had, going in, was the availability of water from the seasonal sources. We’d had plenty of rain in the previous weeks, but I didn’t “know” for sure. I had no need to worry, as there was water almost EVERYWHERE. I brought a liter when I dry camped, but never carried more than that. As others have noted, the trail is definitely a mud walk in many places, the kind of mud that your whole foot sinks into - so you’ve been warned. The upside to this was the dozens and dozens of beautiful water features everywhere. Creeks, waterfalls, cascades, streams, boulder chutes, springs, etc. - they were all gorgeous and flowing well. The numerous crossings resulted in my feet staying wet for the entire trip, though, so be prepared for that. The plants and trees were beginning to green up, but I still had fantastic views. The bugs weren’t out in full force yet, but I did come across some spiders, flies, mosquitoes, winged stinging creatures, and such. Not enough yet for insect repellent. There’s definitely plenty of evidence of feral hogs, and I did encounter several of them around 4 miles past Ponca. They were around the size of an English bulldog, and while at least one of them took notice of me, they seemed to have no interest in what I was doing, and I walked past them without a problem. I’d love to do this hike again, but I’d like to read a guidebook or two so I could fully appreciate everything I encountered. I definitely wouldn’t want to go in high summer, though. Climbing up those hills in the heat and humidity of the summer months sounds like a nightmare!

My favorite hike in the area. Pictures do not do it justice. Absolutely breathtaking. The downhill hike to the bluff is quite a breeze, but the uphill going back is rough. All the hard work in the end is by far worth the view still. Would not bring dogs or children, the bluff has a few questionable spots for those that have a hard time being controlled. Bring lots of water and some snack! Enjoy!

hiking
13 days ago

A must visit! Heavily trafficked. Very well maintained. Benches, bathrooms, and a very nice parking lot at the entrance were a nice touch. Great place for people of all ages. The waterfalls and caves are breathtaking. Can make it a quick little hike or an all day event! Many places to swim too! There are some spots where you may have to walk through some creeks, so water shoes would work best. Will definitely be bringing people back to see this!

Exceeded my early expectations. Left from homesite. It was a super workout coming back from the campground. Definitely a mature hiker trail. Close to bluff edge for a considerable stretch along Buffalo River. Lotsa wildflowers. Very enjoyable hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful waterfall and natural bridge. Great for the family and a little elevation for those who want some “ups”. Heavily trafficked but nice.

hiking
14 days ago

If you are planning on going into the cave I would recommend bringing a head lamp and definitely a change of clothes. There is also water in the cave so water shoes would be good. Lots of places to climb around in the caves and by the river.

hiking
17 days ago

Enjoyed hiking this one today, 3/22/20. Only one other group out around 10 AM when we got started after the rain stopped. Wasn’t entirely sure what to expect (guess I should have read other reviews more closely). To start, you had to cross the creek to a gravel path for a majority of the way. The area had beautiful moss covered rocks and remaining autumn leaves hanging on. The trail certainly gets more exciting when you get to go “off-road”. Crawled into a little section in front of the first waterfall, wasn’t sure if it was really a cave or not. Interesting formations inside. Cob Cave and Eden Falls were both beautiful as well. Made our way up and back to the Eden cave prepared with a headlamp. Again not knowing what to expected we ended up going back quite a bit to the part where it was so short you had to squat but apparently if you kept crawling inward you would see yet other waterfall.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful. Starts off easy and builds to a moderate hike. By the time we finished, we had hiked almost three miles, after visiting the falls and caves.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
17 days ago

We hiked this trail to see Granny Henderson’s old cabin. It was a pretty strenuous hike with steep hills. The way to granny’s house didn’t have much to look at but being at her place really made ya appreciate what we have.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
17 days ago

There’s not much to look at along the way. We did the trail to go see granny Henderson’s cabin. It was really neat living in the moment of history for a bit at her place. Makes you appreciate what we have now. The hills were rocky with lots of roots and pretty steep.

hiking
18 days ago

So beautiful! Not difficult and the falls and moss were beautiful! Lots of spring flowers and the dogwoods will be blooming soon! The caves were fun as well. Highly recommended!

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muddy
rocky
washed out
18 days ago

hiking
off trail
18 days ago

hiking
blowdown
flooded
muddy
scramble
19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Starts off on an easy gravel trail, but gets more interesting as you approach the falls. Bring a headlamp if you are looking to do the cave. It will require a 20yrd crawl through a low section before you come to the opening.

Started @ Ponca spillway... Well maintained trail with very little traffic... Moderate elevation changes along way... A couple nice views overlooking Buffalo River and a couple small water falls. Had lunch on river @ Steele campsite.

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