From serene ancient mountains to lush oak forests, the Ozarks offers an unparalleled beauty unlike anywhere else in the country. These trails offer some spectacular views of the changing leaf color, and capture the beauty of the autumn season.
Lost Valley Trail
Lost Valley Trail leaves the parking area and gently winds up the box canyon passing beneath groves of American beech trees. The trail leads you to an turquoise-blue pool of water with an 8-ft waterfall flowing out of a small opening in the bluff, known as the Natural Bridge.
The gem of the hike is Eden Falls. The picturesque Eden Falls cascades 53 ft over towering cliffs offering visitors a firsthand view of what the Ozark Mountains have to offer.
Wildflower and medicinal plant folklore enthusiasts will enjoy the trail immensely as it features a wide variety of species, including bloodroot, crested iris, columbine, mayapple, comfrey and Ozark trillium, just to name a few.
Whitaker Point Trail
Radiant with wildflowers, and a waterfall in spring, and then graced with the crimson and amber foliage of turning maple leaves in the fall, this trail winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.
This region was also featured in the opening scenes of the Disney film Tuck Everlasting.
North Rim Trail
MOUNT MAGAZINE STATE PARK, ARKANSAS
North Rim Trail, Mount Magazine State Park is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paris, Arkansas.
The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. It leads through hardwood forests, scrub oaks, and cedar glades across several tumbling creeks. Windswept bluffs overlook a rugged hollow, the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Plateau.
Glory Hole Waterfall Trail
OZARKS NATIONAL FOREST, ARKANSAS
One of the most famous and unique waterfalls in Arkansas is the Glory Hole.
The waterfall is formed by a stream that flows through the ceiling of an overhang cave. The trail to the Glory Hole is in the Ozark National Forest off highway 16 east just under 6 miles from Fallsville, or alternately 2 miles west of Edwards Junction.
Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail
WITTS SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Visitors can view picturesque rock bluffs, swim in crystal clear streams, and hike wooded hillsides. This scenic area consists of two hiking trails, Pedestal
Rocks and Kings Bluff. Pedestal Rocks is 2.2 -miles and Kings Bluff is 1.7-miles long. Although there are some steep sections, the trails are easy to hike with abundant resting places.
Centerpoint to Goat Trail
BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER, ARKANSAS
Breathtaking river bluffs combined with a world-class geologic experience makes this trail unique. This area also features the tallest sheer bluff face found between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains.
The trail’s destination is the Big Bluff overlooking the Buffalo River. It is considered the tallest along the Buffalo, over 500 ft. tall. The side trail that leads to an outcropping on the bluff is called the Goat Trail, which is about 350 ft tall. It is not for children, the weak, or those afraid of heights.
Hemmed In Hollow Trail
Hemmed in Hollow Trail is a 6.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Compton, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is only recommended for experienced adventurers.
This trail features a spectacular piece of nature, the tallest waterfall in Mid-America.
Yellow Rock Trail
Devil’s Den State Park is nestled deep in Lee Creek Valley, a picturesque setting in northwest Arkansas’s Ozarks Mountains, ancient sedimentary mountains renowned for their natural beauty and lush oak-hickory forest.
Yellow Rock Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Fork, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, fishing, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.