Tag - Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

Lake Leatherwood: Miner’s Rock Trail – 4 mi

Miner's Rock Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
Miner’s Rock at Lake Leatherwood City Park

One of the most prominent trails at Lake Leatherwood City Park (Eureka Springs) is the Miner’s Rock Trail. This is a scenic and moderately challenging trail with some cool geologic formations.

Miner's Rock Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
Cool layered rock formations on the Miner’s Rock Trail (panoramic)
Getting to Lake Leatherwood

Lake Leatherwood is a wonderful 1600-acre park owned and operated by the City of Eureka Springs. The vast majority of it is wilderness with numerous hiking and biking trails.

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Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) – 2 mi

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Pedestal Rock –  Ozark National Forest

The Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area in the Ozark National Forest (north Pope County) is a spectacular recreation area with two unique loop hikes.  These hikes can be done separately for short afternoon trips, or together for a longer day hike.

One of these is the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail, a 2.4 mile semi-loop hike, which features some great pedestal-shaped rock formations and some spectacular overlooks — and a lot of extra exploring opportunities for the adventurous.

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Me on one of the many rock formations along the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

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Petit Jean: Cedar Falls Trail – 2 mi

Cedar Falls Trail, Petit Jean State Park
Cedar Falls (panoramic), Petit Jean State Park

Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park is the most impressive Arkansas waterfall I have seen. When Cedar Creek is flowing well, this is 95-foot waterfall is an amazing sight.

After a visit to Cedar Falls, it is easy to see why Petit Jean was chosen to be Arkansas’s first state park.

The trail to it is not long, only .9 miles each way (1.8 mile total hike). And the trail is not particularly difficult except for a steep climb back up to the trailhead.

Cedar Falls Trail, Petit Jean
Cedar Falls Trail and Cedar Creek

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Pack Rat Falls (Ozark Forest)

Packrat Falls, Ozark National Forest
Pack Rat Falls, Ozark National Forest

If you’re in the Haw Creek Falls area in the Ozark National Forest (northeast Johnson County), you may want to check out Pack Rat Falls. This 24-foot waterfall is just a short (but vigorous) hike from the campground.

Packrat Falls, Ozark National Forest
Stream and moss-covered rocks on route to Pack Rat Falls, Ozark National Forest

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