Had a blast kayaking, swimming, and fishing!
This place is very primitive, but fantastic. It’s right by the river. Lots of trees. Roght by some of the best hiking trails I’ve been on. Even though it was a holiday weekend, it was still quiet. Zero cell phone service, but that is a plus in my book. Lots of different sites to choose from. Park rangers come by every once in a while to check up on the area.
near the infamous lost valley which is a great hike for kids and dogs. very beautiful
The main attraction is the geology and hiking through waterfalls and forests. There are all lengths and difficulties for everyone. We went here many years ago for hiking and camping, but a flood destroyed a lot of it and now it’s closed to camping.
Yay: Amazing place for a day trip and there are some other campgrounds nearby and cabins to rent.
Nay: no more camping.
There is no more camping allowed at Lost Valley (the sign at the front said you used to be able to). There is great walking path/trail to a beautiful waterfall. Once you get to the waterfall, there are some caves you can climb into to check out. I definitely would recommend this for a day hike with little work and high reward. Part of the trail is on a wooden walkway and part on ground but neither is very strenuous.
The camp ground is very centrally located to all the trails in the area. There are trails with primitive camps, but we decided to stay at Lost Valley Canoe Rentals so we would have running water and toilets.
The area is absolutely beautiful. There are so many different trails with so many different difficulty levels that there is plenty to do for everyone! I loved Hemmed-In Hollow, Goat's Bluff, and Hawksbill Crag, all iconic hikes. There are plenty of other locations, like Lost Valley Trail that have a very easy, marked trail and plenty of places and caves to explore off trail.
Highly recommend the area! Absolutely beautiful from April to October! The colors are beautiful in October and the crowds aren't too bad either!
This is easily one of the prettiest areas in Arkansas. With tons of trails, waterfalls, and scenic overviews we make it a trip to visit this area at least once a year. Our favorite trail takes you to Hemmed-In Hollow, the tallest waterfall between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains. We also go canoeing down the Buffalo river every spring. Beautiful!