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Loved it!!! Drove down for a day trip and saw this #1 on “All Trails” and trip advisor. Definitely should be the top trail you do first in the Ozarks. With a really moderately easy hike, the pay off is completely worth it! It’s a little slip in places but only 1.25 miles or so there which will pass by so quickly. The view and pictures are amazing. Bring a little water as it gets humid but I didn’t have any bugs. Later in the day had less crowds but roads getting in are a bit poor and there’s no cell phone reception much of the way there so plan it out first, grab a map, or set up your gps before your in the canyon valley and know your way in and out back to town so if it’s getting dark your not lost. Definitely worth it! Easy enough for beginners as long as they’re careful on rocks, still would wear hiking shoes but people were out there in sandals managing. Thanks Arkansas!

Hiked the trail from Blaylock trailhead (106) clockwise with my Goldendoodle. Set up camp at winding stairs trailhead (18 miles) under hot and humid conditions the first day. Trail was overgrown in some spots and got some poison ivy from the knees down due to lack of hikers this time of year. Will remember to consume more electro lights on the next visit because of the heat and excessive sweating. Finished the following day before noon. Additionally, treat your water as I didn't this time and got a bit of giardia after returning home. This hasn't been a problem in the past:)

backpacking
11 hours ago

Good views at the waterfall and summit, and plenty of good campsites along the way. Trail is quite overgrown in places, and water crossings on the West loop are often marked poorly or not at all

Great trail. Wonderful views. Loved it and would definitely do it again!!

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

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!

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.

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

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.

under the canopy trail, stay out of Sun

under the canopy trail, stay out of Sun

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

Short and sweet

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked this clockwise from winding stairs last week with my brother and his son. What we loved about the trail: there was a lovely stream along the trail at almost every point along the way, the campsites were plentiful and well-maintained, there were beautiful wildflowers blooming, and for the most part the All Trails app was incredibly helpful. Some downsides: the trail is pretty poorly marked, the peaks are below tree line (so no rewarding views after the pretty challenging climbs), the footing is tricky in multiple areas due to small sharp loose rocks. It was a great workout and we had a great time. We chose it after scratching our plans to hike in NC due to less chance of rain. None of us had cell signal for the three days we were on the trail, but that is a plus to me. We hiked Sunday to Tuesday, only seeing three people early Sunday, and no one else the rest of our hike. Loved getting to cool off in the stream at the end of each day, and grateful for the - very basic but functional - showers in the bathrooms at the entrance to Alber Pike Park.

Do not let the fact that the trail is made up of a series of Old Logging roads fool you. the trails are up and down very steep rugged hills. There is a reason this trail is rated as difficult because it is. also be aware that there are wild hogs in this area so be on the lookout and use caution, as wild hogs can be dangerous even when unprovoked. all this being said, it was a pretty decent trail and it was definitely a good cardio workout. Lastly, be sure to bring water.

hiking
6 days ago

The first place to cross the river is close to the parking lot. Watch for red stripes hanging from the trees. Also, there is a tree with double white marking. Look on the opposite side of the river to see the trees with blue and white markings. After the first crossing follow the white markings. In difficult places like camping sites look for red stripes. The second river crossing is marked by red stripes and tree with double white markings.

hiking
6 days ago

I’ve done this trail many times good work out for the legs

This starts in pretty dense vegetation that rubs on your legs. Wear pants. Lots of ticks and chiggers too, so bring bug spray. Otherwise a good trail.

Great family friendly trail with lots of sights and activities packed into a short hike. Fun and beautiful.

Going in as one of my favorites! The cliff rocks. The foliage. The lizards. The cave! The lake! It is definitely a moderate hike. Steep in places. Close to the edge in others. Loose rock, so good shoes needed. It is very worth the time tho.

on Greenfield Trail

8 days ago

Pretty overgrown in spots, but a very green, forest trail. Lots of loose rock underfoot when walking up and down the hill.

hiking
8 days ago

A nice short trail to get you going

hiking
8 days ago

This was my favorite trail of this system, the historic aspect adds to it, highly recommended in the off season

It is a good view of the lake, the paved surface kinda takes away from the natural side of it, I like the new fishing peer

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