Glory Hole Waterfall Trail

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The trail in to the waterfall is all downhill, so the hike out is all uphill. The trail starts out as an old jeep trail and turns into a narrow path. The destination is the waterfall. The waterfall is unique in that the water has worn through the ledge and plummets through a round hole.

The trail in to the water fall is all down hill, so the hike out is all up hill. The trail starts out as an old jeep trail and turns into a narrow path. The destination is the water fall. The water fallis unique in that the water has worn through the ledge and plummets through a round hole instead of over the ledge. Thus the name Glory Hole. Always best to hike in the spring or late fall when water is flowing. Well worth the hike. use extreme caution approaching the water fall from the top

The trailhead is on Arkansas Routes 16/21, exactly 6.3 miles north of Fallsville, and 2.3 miles south of the 16/21 junction near Swain. The trailhead is unmarked, and there's only room for a couple of cars to park beside the road. If you're coming from the north, look for a dirt-road turnoff on the left side of the road (the dirt road is the trail).

Park at the entry to a dead end dirt road. Space for about 2 cars.

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13 Completed 2 Reviews

Almost past the pull over to the trail head, thankfully the other cars there marked it, & I didn't miss it. I'd use GPS coordinates to find it more easily. The hike was easy going in, but pace yourself on the steep climb out. There were 2 falls the day we went. One was just after the first steep decent. It was of the trail a bit and a little muddy but worth it. Then the glory hole at the bottom. Since the water was low we did get to see it easily from the top an bottom, which are both beautiful. We ended up going across a creek bed and made a wide loop back to the base, because the closer shorter route was steep and slick. There was lots to explore in the area, the waterfall pouring trough the hole was the highlight, but don't be to hasty. My kids loved climbing around the boulders and creek bed.

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18 Completed 16 Reviews

I passed the parking area on my first time there. It's pretty easy to miss.
The old jeep trail as well packed down and pretty easy to hike.
The Gloryhole was definitely the highlight but if you keep going beyond that you get to see some interesting rocks and boulders that were fun to climb on and take pictures.
I'd like to see the Gloryhole again after a decent amount of rain though.

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12 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike! Just a tip for someone who hasnt visited this trail...

There was no sign for trail. So, after turning on to hwy. 16, look for a dirt pullover on the side of the road for trail. Approx 5 miles after turning off of 21.

Off the trail, (give or take .5 mi) is a hollow with a waterfall that flows into the creek. You can actually follow this creek to the Glory Hole.

Tree coverage is great! Weather was about 90 but once on trail it felt like it was 80

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11 Completed 6 Reviews

Easy to find TH, beautiful area. We went after it had been raining all week and the trail was a bit muddy but nothing to bad! Alot of people were coming in and out.....water coming through "Glory Hole" at a good pace. Would love to see it when it's full force though. The hike back out was a little strenous and it's 2 days later and my thighs are still burning!! So not for the random hiker (like me)!!! But it was well worth it.

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10 Completed 9 Reviews

Really nice easy trail. should go after or during rain to see the falls. we didn't see anyone on the trail until half way back up. Not much wild life.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Sunny and plenty of water flow through the glory hole. I brought a 9 year old and 3 year old and they both made it just fine.

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7 Completed 6 Reviews

This is a gorgeous trail! Make sure and go when there has been rain so that the waterfall is running good!

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Temp. 62 - sunny skies - nice breeze - very small trail head sign. Rained Monday hiked Wednesday. Good water flow at each of the waterfalls. Packed out 3 large Michelob cans some jerks left behind. Otherwise scenery is great. Dogwoods in full bloom. Beautiful. On to the Lost Valley Trail.

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4 Completed 2 Reviews

I have been to the glory hole on several occasions from the end of August when it is too hot and dry to just after a good rain. it is a unique awesome experience and the hike down is great. Hike back, whew!!! better be in good shape.

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