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Kings Bluff Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) – 2 mi

Kings Bluff Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) - 2 mi photo
Kings Bluff Falls, Ozark National Forest

The Kings Bluff Loop Trail is a 1.8-mile trail in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area (Ozark National Forest, northern Pope County). The elevation change on the trail is only about 350 feet. It is a pretty easy hike. There is parking and a vault toilet there at the scenic area. It is on highway 16, a few miles east of the intersection (at Pelsor) of Highway 7 and Highway 123.

Of course, the highlight of the trail is Kings Bluff Falls. At 114 feet, Kings Bluff Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Arkansas. It is beautiful. Like many waterfalls in Arkansas, your best chances to see it in action are probably during leaf-off months and after a recent rain.

Kings Bluff Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) - 2 mi photo
Kings Bluff Loop Trail, Ozark National Forest

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Hawksbill Crag Hike (Ozark Forest)

Hawksbill Crag (aka Whitaker Point) is one of the most recognizable and photographed points in Arkansas. It’s a very beautiful spot as well.

Fortunately, it is not that difficult to find.

Hawksbill Crag Hike (Ozark Forest) photo
Hawksbill Crag, Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area, Ozark National Forest

Hawksbill Crag is in the Upper Buffalo Wilderness Area of the Ozark National Forest, about 30 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas.

The Hawksbill Crag Trail (aka Whitaker Point Trail) is about 1.5 miles each way (for a total hike of 3 miles). It is not difficult walk although there is some climbing on the way back. The total elevation change is about 300 feet. (See this post for Brent’s profile of the trail.)

Caution: As with many beautiful areas in Arkansas, it can be very dangerous near the bluffs or on the crag. Be extremely careful near any bluffs.

Hawksbill Crag Hike (Ozark Forest) photo
View from Hawkbill Crag, Ozark National Forest

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