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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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Buffalo Point: Overlook Trail Loop (Buffalo River) – 1 mi

Overlook Trail, Buffalo Point Campground
Buffalo River seen from overlook (panoramic)

The Overlook Trail loop (about 1.3 miles) at the Buffalo Point Campground (Buffalo National River, Marion County) is an enjoyable and not-too-challenging walk with a cool overlook of the river. The net elevation change  is about 200 feet.

The trail starts at the main campground trailhead, just up the road from the Ranger Station. It is the same trailhead as for the Indian Rockhouse Trail. There are a few picnic tables here and parking here.

Overlook Trail, Buffalo Point Campground
Cool wavy rocks on the Overlook Trail

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Pam’s Grotto (Ozark Forest)

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Pam’s Grotto

Pam’s Grotto, in northeast Johnson County, is fantastic Ozark National Forest waterfall that is easily accessible with a short hike.

To get to the trailhead, first head to Haw Creek Falls Campground on state Highway 123. (See directions here.)

Turn right (north) out of the campground onto Highway 123  and go .5 miles. Turn right onto a small turnoff that heads down next to Haw Creek. There is a small campsite and parking area here.

Pam's Grotto, Ozark National Forest
Campsite near rock-climbing bluff

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