Glory Hole Waterfall Trail

#2 of 41 trails in Ozark National Forest
Glory Hole Waterfall Trail is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deer, AR that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1.7 miles 374 feet Out & Back
hiking forest views waterfall rocky
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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

Julie Castle-Downs
7 days ago

45 Completed15 Reviews

Such a pretty place. It was crowded today (Saturday), so go very early or on a week day if you can. The hike is an easy 1+ mile down/steep out

Charity Winnett
13 days ago

7 Completed5 Reviews

Love love love this place!! Absolutely stunning and just extremely different! Easy hike, amazing scenery and a lot of fun! Definitely a must see!!

Britt Garcia
16 days ago

25 Completed4 Reviews

Went after the rain yesterday. Trails are wet but can easily go around. Took my dog, she had no problems. Water was flowing!

Karla Turner Dotson
27 days ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Very nice trail. Dog & child friendly. Worth hiking in some mud to see The Glory Hole running.

Brittany Harp
27 days ago

6 Completed5 Reviews

It is beautiful. Well worth the hike. Very nice cool breeze when you get to the waterfall.

KoDee Browning
1 month ago

42 Completed13 Reviews

Jess Steinert
1 month ago

33 Completed12 Reviews

Really enjoyed this hike and it's easily accessible from the road. The trail is child and dog friendly. You can't miss the trailhead...just look for all the cars parked on the side of the highway. An easy downhill trail that snakes across water a few times. You'll run across a few small waterfalls along the way. Eventually you'll come to the hole that the waterfall flows through. Continue your hike down and around and you'll end up under the ledge to see the water falling through the rock. It stays pretty busy during the day. Crowds tend to taper off in the evening

Marianne Bassinger
1 month ago

16 Completed17 Reviews

Really nice trail you could spend hours on the trail especially once you get to the glory hole well worth the hike All down hill so you know what that means all up hill going back out but not bad at all.

Sherri Breeden Zanders
2 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

LOVED this hike! Beautiful and easy on the way down...going back up....less fun. Lol! Well worth it though!

Rebecca Cain
2 months ago

8 Completed8 Reviews

Our boys loved Glory Hole!

Heidi Morris Tipton
2 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

This was just lovely. Tucked away and worth the hike. Pleasantly surprised and highly recommended!

Dottie Smith
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Fantastic !! Worth the hike!!

Griffin Guinn
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Robert Ward
2 months ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

Very fun trail to hike!

Tara Barger
2 months ago

12 Completed11 Reviews

Fantastic to see once you're there! The parking is very limited, and the whole hike back is uphill, but the glory hole is worth it. You could spend several hours checking out the area near the glory hole.

Jennifer Betzer
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Not as much to see along the way but very cool spot to see. Massive beautiful boulders down by the waterfall, worth the hike

Beth Luebbering
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing! Worth the hike!

Jonathan Jolly
3 months ago

12 Completed7 Reviews

Parking is scarce, there is a little makeshift lot about 200 feet west of the actual trail head that can accommodate maybe 6 or 7 cars. Walk to the falls were not bad, lots of leaves in the fall so be careful of slipping. Walk back up is more of a workout considering its all pretty much uphill. Be careful around the waterfall lots of people have fallen in and gotten seriously hurt. Its very slick and a decent fall with a not so soft landing.

Stephanie Renee
3 months ago

5 Completed1 Reviews

Daniel Matthews
3 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews