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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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Hawksbill Crag Trail
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43 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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43 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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43 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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43 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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43 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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43 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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43 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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Lake Atalanta Trail
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43 Completed 25 Reviews

I have hiked and biked. The land is pretty in places and lack luster in others. They are adding off-road biking trails now. On the north side driving in, the trail that goes up and comes back just next to the restroom and road has a nice rock wall. There is a neat old spring if you cross the road and follow that back up in the direction of the rogers square. The people are a bit trashy though. Found a naked picture under a rock behind this spring. Really gross, people. Find a room already.

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Bashore Ridge Loop
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43 Completed 25 Reviews

Boring. The only nice part was coming down to the lake cove view on the middle.

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Weddington Hiking Trail
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43 Completed 25 Reviews

The lake is pretty! My tip is to park before you actually turn into the main area if possible. There is a little parking area just before a small bridge just down the hill from the entrance. Nice pine trees this part of trail. The dam is small but has an interesting man built rock wall you can walk along. Make sure to stop and view it from the other side of the canal! It is a fairly simple and a scenic hike. The annoyance is that it's an in and out. The only way to make it a loop is to walk along the highway :|

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