good day for hike. a lot of flowing water after major rain. great photo ops. parts of trail very muddy. recommend taking upper trail "return trail" into indian rock house at the loop. lower trail into the rock was pretty muddy. slick spots. watch your step. have done this hike several times. this was probably our favorite trip in because of all the flowing water. steep in places. if you have knee problems consider using a walking stick.

One of the best hikes I have been on in a while. Beautiful scenery the entire way. Could get a bit muddy with heavy rainfall due to being right next to a creek. Some slick rocks along the trail, so be sure to wear hiking boots/shoes. Very easy to navigate the trail. Make sure you go all the way to the indian rockhouse. It is completely worth the extra mile.

Beautiful short hike with a breathtaking view of the Buffalo river a must go if you're staying there.

Absolutely a fantastic hike! Go during the rainy seasons late winter or late fall would be the best because they're so many trees you might not see everything you want. The big bluff at the end has an underground river and a little natural bridge and is big enough to drive a dump truck through totally worth the hike.

Loved this trail. It will be different each time you go depending on the rainfall. Going back is a little challenging but worth it. Marked well and a lot of history.

Indian Rock House 2.5 miles in. great trail and easy enough for non-hikers.

on Creek Bottom Trail

hiking
3 months ago

I was a little hesitant to check this one out because of the mixed reviews. We loved it! Went on a Saturday and there was only a few other people there. Nice access to the river.

One of the best hikes we’ve been on as a family. Plan for about 3 hours. So many cool things to see. The rock house is phenomenal! The hike out is all up hill, but overall pretty user-friendly.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

The first half of the trail is great, if you want to do the loop be prepared to hike on an overgrown trail, and pay close attention to where you are at because it is very difficult to find.

A fun little trail with a great view about halfway through the loop!

The pictures of this area don't do it justice. Today most of the creek beds were dry, as it hasn't rained recently and Panther Creek is low. Great winter hike. Plenty to climb around and explore. No dogs or horses allowed. Moderate hike, not for the very young or the very well aged.

Are horses allowed on the trail? Looks amazing

Drove 2 hours to see the Indian Rock House & it was worth every mile.. awesome trail.. Due take note that we took an ATV vehicle trail on the way out & not the initial walking trail... when we left the rock house we went back down the trail in which we came in on & took a right beside the creek where the sign reads "Indian Rock House .6" .. The ATV trail was straight up the entire way & "strenuous" is an understatement.. Felt like we were never going to get back to the vehicle. But all in all a very enjoyable hike. Highly recommend the Indian Rock House.

on Creek Bottom Trail

6 months ago

Well kept, flat, gravel path. There are informational plaques on the trail providing interesting facts about the vegetation. Walked this path, then another that we picked up near the pavilion. Took that up and around a loop that came back through the archery range and to the educational building. That loop takes you to the top of the bluff overlooking the creek. Beautiful views and a very nice trail.

Easy 1 mile loop with a very picturesque viewing area midway. Passed a few families on the trail but overall were by ourselves. Some very steep drop offs to the side of the trail in some areas so if you have kids something to be aware of. Dog friendly

My husband and I did the Indian Rockhouse during the first week of August (I don’t recommend this time of year because it is so hot). The hike back up and out is brutal, but the Rockhouse and the creek running through it are worth it. The trail is steep in places and I wouldn’t go alone. It takes about 3 hours and that’s not wasting any time sitting around either. It’s a pretty tough trail compared to others that we have done, but well worth it to see at least once. We would probably do this trail again when it is much cooler. We just returned from spending the night at Buffalo Point last week (we have never been there this late in the year) and noticed that there are NO park rangers on duty (the park ranger’s house was empty as well). This is one reason why we chose not to do this trail last week because if one of us would have had an emergency on the trail (you never know what could happen and we are in our mid 40’s) it appeared that no one would be there to help us. It was also sleeting on Thursday (and raining and freezing cold the day before), so yet another reason why we didn’t attempt the trail. Maybe next time.

We did the trail loop clockwise, so the tall waterfall would be on the way out. It was a very good trail for families. A group of 13 of us (3 families) did it. Kids who were 5-6 yrs old could do it. Great trail. We did go the wrong way at the old mine site, followed an old mine or logging road, so check the map.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
6 months ago

If you don't know the difference between a deer trail, water runoffs, and a hiking trail, don't take this hike. The first mile or so is extremely easy. After that it gets a little harder, then you go off trail. FOLLOW the App at ALL TIMES. You WILL get lost without it. You will even feel like you're lost, but just stick to the app and you'll make it back to your car. There are flagged trees in some of the unmaintained trail, follow them when you can. Follow them especially going up the rock wall. The flags will take you a different way where you will climb between the rocks instead of up a straight wall. If you're taking the hike for a view, don't go. If you're going for some backwoods adventure, this is the trail for you!

Great trail. Has some rough places and a few pretty views. But we had so much fun as a family. For most part trails are well marked but if you follow the app it will take you off trail and you will have to find your own way back to original trail.

Fun Trail for Kids! We brought our 4 kids out during our camping trip last weekend. Lots to see along the way so no one was bored. We stopped at the IRH for a snack and to let the kids explore. All of us were able to get in the caves at the RockHouse. Lots to climb and explore and a beautiful stream in the Rock House. We spent probably 45 minutes just hanging out there. Hike back was a beast up hill. Our younger kids were exhausted but with several little breaks on the way up and out we did it!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy trail. We combined Creek Bottom and Creek Bluff. Beautiful Fall day!

It was an awesome trip. But seriously, believe they hype when people say the return trip was a beast. It’s well worth the work, the rock house is amazing, and the small things along the way make it enjoyable. Early October weather was the difference maker. If it had been in the summer, the return would have been twice as long.

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