Lost Valley Trail

#1 of 2 trails in Lost Valley State Park

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Lost Valley Trail is a 2.3 mile out and back trail that features a 53 ft. tall waterfall, a natural bridge, caves, a 30ft. waterfall inside the cave, large boulders and more. The area is jammed pack of scenic wonders on a easy trail.

Note this area is heavily visited on the weekends. Best visited during the week if you want a little solitude. Trail ranges from crushed rock to natural services. The most scenic area of the trail is more demanding but worth it.

Directions from Jasper: Travel west on State Hwy. #74 for 15 miles and turn left on Hwy. #43. Travel for one mile, south, and follow signs to the trailhead.

shelter, restrooms, picnic tables, parking lot for cars/trucks with small trailers

National forest campground, Steel Creek, is located about 4 miles east on 74 hwy heading out of Ponca.

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777

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So many beautiful things packed into one little place. If you are a picture taker, head there early. I went at 10:30 and it was busy with kids.

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Maintained, easy trail. Nice woods and waterfall. Got rained out and had to turn back, but it was still nice.

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5 Completed 6 Reviews

Great trail. Easy enough for children. A nice waterfall at the end of it to view.

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Excellent trail. First 1/2 mile is a level, crushed rock trail with several benches along the way. There is a creek bed which runs alongside the trail. Be sure to look up at the towering bluffs above you. After the first 1/2 mile the trail narrows and becomes a dirt path. Expect moderate elevation gains and rocky steps. The trail is well marked. It's during the last portion of the trail that you will access the three waterfalls, natural bridge and caves. If you plan to explore the cave, be sure to bring a flashlight and expect to crawl a few yards if you want to explore the last waterfall, located inside the cave. I would recommend visiting the trail on a week day, preferably after a good rain.

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10 Completed 9 Reviews

By far one of my most favorite trails of the trip. It had almost everything. We went on a beautiful day after a rainy morning. We climbed in both the land bridge and the cave with the waterfall. you will absolutely need to bring a light, headlamp might be the best option. I had a flashlight that would be like a lantern and that worked well too but some spots in the cave are tight. Watch your head there were a bunch of bats. freaked some other people out. We didn't see to many people on a late afternoon on Friday.

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18 Completed 10 Reviews

I didn't expect to have this much fun!
We spent a lot longer than we thought because we were taking photos, exploring off the beaten path, and playing in the spring water.
The highlight for me has to be the waterfall inside the cave.
Bring clothes you can get wet!

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9 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trail! A bit crowded- try to early in morning but definitely worth it?

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7 Completed 6 Reviews

Beautiful trail. This is a good one for people with kids or that are limited on time, but want to see a lot of variety in one hike. Gorgeous waterfall, and one large cavern plus two caves. We have gone swimming in the pool below the waterfall, but the water is very cold. On both caves be very careful if you have kids with you, and on the bottom cave entrance be aware that the rocks are SLIPPERY, kids will need careful supervision and assistance. You may not want to take small ones to the top cave.

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A great trail to go on with friends who love an adventure! Be ready to get wet if you go in the caves and don't forget flashlights! The larger cave structure is a good place to rest, eat, and relax :)
Also, it's more fun to climb around the boulders in the creek to the caves rather than follow the actual trail~

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