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Lost Valley Trail

Ponca, AR

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.

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Shores Lake/White Rock Loop Trail
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9 Completed 9 Reviews

Backpacked up to White Rock Mtn. via the west side loop in mid-October. This side very scenic and had several nice stream crossings. After crossing the stream just below the first major falls, keep those wading shoes on as the you will be crossing the stream again several hundred yards up the trail. You might have to venture off a trail a little to find best place to ford stream depending on water level and flow. Trail gets very steep for quite a while. Trail opened into a small meadow which was entirely underwater and about 8" deep due to heavy rains day before. Had to route to the right through a thick thicket of young oak trees to get around meadow. Shortly after, there is a nice open view through the trees and you can see a shelter up on the rim of WRM. Took me 4 hours to reach the top of White Rock Mtn. If you are primitive camping on top, the CG is top notch. Very scenic, clean and well kept. Lots of trees and each site has lots of room. Water and bathroom nearby. Must hike the 2.1 mile rim trail and be sure to view the sunrise and sunset from here. The views on top are the finest you will see in the Ozarks. Backpacked back down to Shores lake via OHT/ East Loop. It is a long 7.4 miles and took me 5 hours. Lots of overgrowth for first several miles until you leave the OHT for the right forked East Side Loop. Plenty of deer in the woods and on the trail. Large Buck crossed trail in front of me. No significant stream crossings on east loop as they are very small. The west side is the more scenic of the two and is shorter. If I had to do again, I would hike up and down via the West Side Loop and only hike in late fall and winter. Too many weeds, flower plants, etc. encroaching/ leaning over on trail and the beggar lice plant was a real issue as those little green seeds will stick on your pants by the hundreds. It just best to wait until the cold knocks all that stuff back as well as insects, snakes, etc.

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Eagle Rock Loop
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

I completed this trail with 2 friends at the end of September. The combination of perfect weather, few insects, and excellent trail conditions made for an awesome 3 day hike.

The Eagle Rock Loop (ERL) consists of parts of 3 trails - Little Missouri Falls, Viles Branch Trail, and Athens-Big Fork Trail. Little Missouri and Viles Branch are relatively moderate hikes with little elevation, but some technical spots. Athens-Big Fork is by far the most difficult section with all of the largest peaks within 7.5 miles. We parked directly in the middle of the Athens-Big Fork trail and went clockwise to hit the 2 largest peaks while we were fresh, saving the last large peaks for the final day. This strategy worked well for us due to the lack of rainfall in previous weeks.

There were very few people on the trail outside of the recreation areas. We saw maybe 10 hikers outside of those locations, several going counter-clockwise.

We are hammock campers and this trail is perfectly suited for it. There were many excellent camping spots with fire rings to choose from all near water sources. I would highly recommend sturdy soled shoes as this trail is very rocky and your feet will eventually sore from the jagged terrain. Numerous water crossings were mostly dry with 2-3 exceptions where we switched to flip-flops or water shoes to cross. I would not advise crossing barefoot.

We observed beautiful vistas with eagles, white tail deer, copperheads, rat snakes, and thousands of mushrooms. Overall this was an excellent trail and I would definitely do it again.

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Cedar Falls Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Pretty steep on and off the trail. I enjoyed the views, but wish I could have avoided the weekend crowd.

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Hawksbill Crag Trail
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

Hawksbill crag is the poster image for Arkansans. And that's literal! It's a mild and short enough trail. If you go counter clock wise, when the trail comes up to the first sign of bluffs, there is a waterfall! You can shimmy down using a tree. There are actually two more falls down from this. The views along the bluffs are superb. A great place to take full advantage of nature's glory.

Do use caution. People have died from falling. Don't think it can't happen to you. The road is a little rough as well with several miles of gravel road and much elevation gain. Well worth it! Make a day and hit up glory hole and magnolia falls down the same highway or head back to Boxley valley and check out most valley.

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Hemmed in Hollow
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

This is a very amazing place! Unique and breathtaking. Literally. The hike in is 2.5 miles down. And then 2.5 up. Up the entire way. I am a fit person and it's a bit torturous for me. Last time I actually got sick afterward though I was well hydrated.

Just be careful. Bring snacks, water, and electrolytes for during and afterward. Oh and toilet paper for ladies just in case. Plan on spending time at the waterfall and for resting several times on the way up. Try to go when the water has been high and/or after a very good rain. Otherwise, it's not worth the work! You can also get to this by floating the upper buffalo much more easily.

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Tea Kettle Falls Trail
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

Finding this place was a challenge even with researching before hand. To clarify, the road you need is off highway 23 exactly 6.5 miles north of forum and 1.4 miles south exactly from highway 12. It's on the right going north and on the left if you're going south (east). There is an UNMARKED gravel road and a shed next to it so it almost looks like a driveway. It's not. As soon as you turn in, the sign is on the left. This is the right road. Forget what someone else said about the sign being wrong. They were wrong. You will see a pasture on the right and woods on left at first. Eventually, you go downhill pretty steeply and the parking is the grass area to right at the bottom. You will see the creek in front and it's 1.3-1.4 miles after turning off highway 23.

The trail head is at the back middle of this field opposite way of the road. Literally in the middle back. It's not marked. Walk through the field to get there. It's rough and quite overgrown. I actually walked the creek once the trail got to it. Water is so clear and gorgeous! I honestly could not see a trail really hence water shoes and temps above 60 are almost necessary. Better than bushwhacking anyway. Without water. This trail would really not be worth the trip. Even after 11 inches of rain, the highest it got on me was to my knees. Reynolds falls was flowing very well. It's off to the left on the way in about half way.

The actual kettle falls was not running after all this heavy rain. Still a neat formation and hollow. I passed it! You will pass 30-40 foot bluffs on the left with the creek running next to them. The hollow is to the left after these shortly.

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Yellow Rock Trail
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

Hiking trail! This is an elevation trail. There are some neat rocks to climb around on the way in. Little holes to explore as well. Then you get higher up for a bit. The attraction here mainly is the overlook. Can't miss it. Looks out over the valley. You can see the river off to the left at times. You can turn around or keep going. The rest is okay. There is a nice overlook pavilion at the top, but you can drive and park to get to that honestly.

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Fossil Flats Trail
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

For biking, I did not like the huge loose rocks. This is a great hike/bike when the water is up! I almost wrecked just because I could not stop gazing at the beautiful blue river running along a good part of the trail during a late winter ride. Good place to hike in when water is up and warm And just have a picnic and swim.

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Devil's Den Trail
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

Possibly my all time favorite trail. It is so diverse! A river, creeks, lake and dam just down the way, waterfalls (depending on rain/water level), trees, rock formations, bluffs, caves (those main is closed, still little holes to crawl in several places), etc! Love love love this trail. It's easy and shirt enough for just about everyone. A good trail to hit for each season. There is the yellow rock trail and the fossil flats trail very near by so make a day of it. Can camp as well. Just a great place near to my heart.

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Gulley Park
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44 Completed 25 Reviews

A nice, pretty walk in town. Makes me like fayetteville more. But there is a trail that just leads to the road. Turn around! We took a left and had to hop a guy's fence upon permission. They are going to add an entrance there but just acquired the land so may be awhile. Highly advise playing in the creek and laying out in the sand of the volley ball pit if not being used :)

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