Hawksbill Crag Trail

#2 of 66 trails in Ozark National Forest

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The trail's destination is the "Crag", a rock formation that juts out from the bluff's face that resembles a hawk's beak. It overlooks Whitaker Creek and a huge valley stretching for a long distance. but this is not all, in the spring and fall rainy season you can discover a number of waterfalls.

South of Ponca, Ark, on hwy 21, go past hwy 43 intersection 1.2 miles, turn west on a gravel rd, just before you cross the bridge, the road takes you straight up the mountain side, go about 5.5 miles to country church, proceed another .5 miles and you will see the parking on the right side of the road and the trailhead on the left side.

no facilities, parking at the trail head.

Buffalo Ranger District, Hwy. 7 north, Jasper, AR 72641 ph. 870.446.5122

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9 Completed 1 Reviews

Loved this hike! Even after having knee surgery (a few years ago) I was able to hike this trail. Beatutiful!! 5 miles up the dirt road and thinking we might be lost ha we finally came upon the trail head (and disgusting porta potty...c'mon people!! Keep your trash where it belongs! )
Lots of up an down but nothing I couldn't do... It was a very hot day as well. I suggest a few bottles of water or a camelback during the summer months. I would love to visit in the fall!
The crag itself was much wider than I initially thought so (having a fear of heights) I was able to walk out and have a few photos taken. 100 ft drop does not sound like a fun landing to me. Be safe people!

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

A relatively great hike for any hiker. We tried to drive the 5 mile drive to the parking area in motorcycles and it was too dangerous. Loose gravel and very steep climbs forced us to park at the entrance to county road 5. Overall great reward for such a short hike. The peak is breathtaking. Great views.

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21 Completed 10 Reviews

Ignore my comment about the coordinates, they were for the hawksbill crag waterfall bushwhack trailhead. My gps had me approach from the south and left me half a mile short of the goal. The current coordinates are correct.

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21 Completed 10 Reviews

Easy trail, well marked, nice views at the end.

THE GIVEN COORDINATES FOR THE TRAILHEAD ARE WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This lead us 30 miles out of the way (and 30 miles back) down some really crappy roads. The ACTUAL trailhead coordinates that I took WHILE STANDING AT THE TRAILHEAD are:
N 35 53.894, W 93 27.478

My guess is that someone went on Google maps after the fact and tried to identify the trailhead based on landmarks because there are similarities.

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6 Completed 3 Reviews

It was an AMAZING hike, we did it for Father's Day with a large family group and had a blast even though it rained all the way back out! Great Memories today!!

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2 Completed 2 Reviews

It's a moderate hike, nothing too strenuous. Late spring and the fall are the best times to go. In the late spring you get wonderful fog ridden views and in the fall the Ozarks are in their prime. Well worth the hike!

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10 Completed 9 Reviews

What a beautiful overlook. Fun trail with great places to explore. Saw a few people on the trail mid day on a Friday, so i can only imagine weekends being very busy. The trail was very clean and not to much wildlife.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Read my experience at Hawksbill Crag and Eden Falls here:

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You won't regret it! Awesome hike, even better scenery!

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Vicki Hedberg

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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike but had some problems finding the turnoff from hwy 23. The turnoff is dirt road 9560 right before the Buffalo River,

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12 Completed 5 Reviews

I LOVE this hike!!! We have done this hike for years with family and friends. I love taking people here. I haven't hiked to the creek yet but we are planning to do so in a few weeks. One beautiful place to be!!!!

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