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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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Lost Valley Trail
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43 Completed 9 Reviews

Fun and easy hike, have been here many times , took brother-in-law and his wife, they enjoyed all, including the waterfall inside the cave!!

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Crane's Fly Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Easy to hike unmarked trail which wraps around a murky little pond. The mineral springs has a long history but the water table is so low now that no water comes up to see let alone wade in..
I dont mean to talk badly about the park. Its good for. its size and the trails are well maintained. The welcome center is under renovations so maybe later 2015 there will be more to see.

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Eagle Rock Loop
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The four of us completed this loop in 2 nights and 3 days of hiking. We started at 9 am on the first morning and it was in the 30's. After a few minutes of hiking, we had to put our down jackets back in the packs. Even at that temperature, it gets warm quick when you are on the move. Our hike began at the South Trailhead of the Athens Big Fork Trail which was about a mile off the loop. This added 2 miles and 2 climbs to our trip and it gave us a good idea of what lay ahead with most of the climbs being on the first day. After 8 miles, 5.5 hours, and 2500 feet, we made camp. We camped on the south bank of Straight Creek just off the trail. Right around 3pm. First thing was to set up tents and let those bags loft. It was to get down to 25 degrees that first night. An established fire ring was a welcome site and we set ourselves up for a fire and meals. The first night was an early one. We were all in our tents by 7. When you have no light, there is not much to do and it is cold when you step away from the fire. Those of us in double walled tents slept well. Those of us in single walled tents did not. Water actually pooled on the floor and froze. Both of those tents have since been returned and we have faithfully returned to our Big Agnes Copper Creek UL1 and 2.

We were on the trail by 8 am because the two of us in single walled tents, had to get to the next camp in time to dry out the sleeping bags. They got very wet and we were facing another cold night. After 11 miles, 1000 feet and 7 hours(5.5 hours for the single walled guys), we set up camp. We camped about a mile south of the Albert Pike Rec. Area on the Little Missouri. We could see the bridge where Forest Road 512 crosses the river. This night was also cold, but my 10 degree Puffin Nano 10 from Feathered Friends rocked. It is heavy, but worth it. The other two guys did well in their bags as they dried out well. While sitting around the fire, we saw a light on the trail. In a nutshell, a hiker tried to cross the river at night and do it dry when it was clearly a wet crossing. He fell and got soaked. He was trying to get back to his car before he froze. Our fire and his friends helped him get there, but he had to do another wet crossing in 42 degree weather, wet, and in the dark. Not the best decision.

The next morning, we had to do 11 miles back to the car. It took 6.5 hours and we climbed 1500 feet and two mountains. I had hurt my knee and dragged the group down, but was determined to finish on my own. This was the most beautiful part of the hike and we were happy we saved it for the last day. If we had gone the other direction, we would have had that 2500 foot climb on our last day. It would have been miserable.

This was a great hike and we highly recommend it. Here are a few tips. Keep your packs light. No one was over 30 lbs and we all brought chairs. That is pretty light for not leaving anything behind. Eat a hot dinner, and maybe breakfast, but just snack in-between. It saves time and gives you steady energy without needing to stop long. Use hiking poles. Layer your clothes. Bring good wet shoes. It is slippery and the current can be strong. Give yourself 3 full days in the winter to complete this hike. You want to be in camp and setting up a good 1.5 hours before sundown. Use a double walled tent. It is humid by the river. Take time to stop and look up. You can miss some really great views by never looking up from the trail. And most important, to prevent blisters, I wear a dress sock under my hiking sock. I never even had the hint of a blister. I highly recommend this. Hope this helps someone. Our next trip is Marroon Bells.

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Green Heron Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Well kept easy short trail with a nice little bird-viewing station about half-way through. Runs along the lake for plenty of nice landscape views. I have a son in a walking boot when we did this trail and he did it with no problem.

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Triple Falls Trail
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34 Completed 36 Reviews

My mom and I visited Triple Falls on a freezing sleeting gloomy New Years afternoon, but it was still beautiful! The falls weren't running very much, but enough to make a twin fall :) Unfortunately we had bad timing. The day AFTER we went, that area received tons of rain so we saw a slew of pics all over Instagram of the falls in all their glory. Oh well..we'll definitely be visiting again!

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Hemmed in Hollow
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11 Completed 2 Reviews

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Kingfisher Trail
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11 Completed 2 Reviews

Definitely a nice hike, the only negative is loss of a clearly marked trail at the far end. Might consider recoding your tracks for reference.

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Rock House Cave Trail
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8 Completed 9 Reviews

We explored the cave as a stop on the BSA trail, worth the detour! Amazing and beautiful!

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Winthrop P. Rockefeller Boy Scout Trail
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8 Completed 9 Reviews

Beautiful! Def a long trail, We did bits and pieces. We got side tracked with the other trails and ran out of time. I see reviews of poor markings, it must have been improved as we did not find the white trail, BSA, hard to follow. Look down when on the rocks it is painted!

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Bear Cave Trail
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8 Completed 9 Reviews

Great little spot. Its not much of a hike but you can take the BSA trail to the lodge and down to the cedar falls trail. However its a tough hike for some out from cedar falls so if you are not use to that type of hike, you may not want to add another .5 mile.

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