Pedestal Rocks Trail Photos Fall 2014

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Awesome rock formation on Pedestal Rocks Trail. This view is from the base of the rock.

I love walking the Pedestal Rocks Trail in the Ozark National Forest. It has some of the most amazing natural features in Arkansas.

Pedestal Rocks Trail and the Kings Bluff Trail are in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area at the north end of Pope County (close to Newton County) on Highway 16 near the community of Pelsor.

Pedestal Rocks Trail is a 2.3-mile semi-loop hike that has some climbing, but it is not all that challenging. (See the full trail summary here.)

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Panoramic shot of pedestal rocks and bluff on Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest

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Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail – 3 mi

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Base Trail, north side

One of the cool hiking trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the Base Trail, a 2.7-mile loop around the base of Pinnacle Mountain.

Hikers often use either the north or south part of the Base Trail to make a summit loop — e.g., hiking up the East Summit Trail, down the West Summit Trail, then turning right to complete the loop on the north part of the Base Trail.

But just hiking the Base Trail a pretty cool hike.

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Panoramic shot of the Base Trail, on the north side, Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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Round Top Mountain Trail – 4 mi

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Round Top Mountain from Highway 7 North of Jasper

About two miles south of Jasper on Highway 7 is the prominent and aptly named Round Top Mountain. There is a great hiking trail here with beautiful scenery, wildflowers, and a bit of unusual history.

Round Top Mountain Trail is not a difficult hike. It is about a 3.6 mile hike with a net elevation change of about 300 feet.

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View from the North Overlook from the Round Top Mountain Trail

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Caney Creek Trail – West (Ouachita Forest) – 11 mi

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Cascade (Mini-waterfall) on the Caney Creek Trail, Ouachita National Forest

The western part of the Caney Creek Trail is a wonderfully scenic hike through the Ouachita National Forests’s Caney Creek Wilderness. It is a hike of 11.4 miles (5.7 miles each way) and has 22 wet crossings (11 miles each way), but it is well worth the effort.

The Caney Creek Trail runs 9 miles from west to east, mostly following Caney Creek. You can use of the eastern part of the trail to make a 9.4-mile loop hike with the Buckeye Trail. (See this post.)

This hike is an out-and-back one that just covers the western 5.7 miles of the Caney Creek Trail. It goes from the west trailhead to the Buckeye Trail junction.

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Cossatot River crossing on the Caney Creek Trail

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