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Fayetteville, AR: Indian Creek

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Distance: 2.1 miles


A hidden treasure just off the Buffalo National River, Indian Creek's mossy waterfalls and karst canyon are best explored after heavy rains.
  • Trail in Indian Creek
  • Slick Rocks
  • Small Waterfall
  • Cliff Cascades

To tackle one of Arkansas’s most intensely beautiful hikes, head away from the Buffalo River, over a rise, and then up a narrowing valley of mossy rock and dense hardwoods--and abundant waterfalls, if you time it right. Water spills over nearly every cliff after a good rain.

Follow trails for the first .5 mile to the creek, then turn south. There’s no trail, but follow the worn path. After another .5 mile, the route will become more demanding and require several creek crossings, scrambling over slick rocks, and a traverse over an exposed bluff (or a bushwack above it) at mile 1.3.

This route ends 2.25 miles at Tunnel Cave and Falls. The trail used to travel through the cave to continue up-canyon, but the cave is closed now to protect its inhabitants, endangered gray bats. Getting to the cave is tricky (and beautiful), but if you’re equipped to climb above the cave, the canyon rewards valor with narrowing limestone walls and still more waterfalls.

Our advice: Due to the exposure and slippery rocks, this trip is for adults, not children. Dogs aren’t allowed.

When to go: Summer brings ticks and snakes, so hike after the first freeze through April.

Mapped by Thomas Soerens

Trail Reviews & Comments

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Ted
Aug 19, 2013

The trail description stops at (or before) the point where most hikers end their trek of Indian Creek. I agree 100% with Scott's comments above, the lower portion of this canyon can be done with children if water is not high and if they will follow adult supervision. The upper portion, going on to Eye of the Needle, is not for anyone faint of heart or inexperienced in scrambling. That said, highly recommend.

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Scott
Apr 07, 2013

It is obvious that word is getting out on this awesome trail. There look to be 2 trails that for the most part are easy to find and follow. One follows the creek and one breaks off and follows the bluff line. There is no official trail maintenance or markers so keep up with your trail choice and pay attention to your surroundings. There are some technical aspects to this hike, several water crossings and you can add another 1/4 mile at the end if you can make it up the established rope to the rock ledge and scramble up toward Eye of the Needle. We went in early April and water level was perfect. We had our 11 & 12 yr old girls and they made it just fine with some min. assist in a few areas (they have experience in GA/NC so not beginners). Photo Op after Photo Op on this trail. Not for novice hikers or even those with limited experience. Highly recommend this hike.

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