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Pedestal Rocks Trail

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Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
12000 SR 27
Hector, AR 72843



The Bayou Ranger District is located within the heart of the Ozarks. 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.

The trail is located at the top of the Illinois Bayou River Drainage. It offers great views and a history lesson in Arkansas geology. While hiking the trail, you will see layer upon layer of sediment that was deposited when the area was under water millions of year ago. After the water receded, the land raised to form a dome calledthe Ozark Plateau. Since then, natural erosion has been occurring to form the Ozarks. On the trail, you will see unique formations called pedestals that were formed by weathering, and are the featured destination of this area. Kings Bluff features a large flat bluff top with a waterfall that flows over the ledge. Please use caution while visiting the bluff, especially if you have children with you.


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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. This unique area offers a good look at Ozark Mountain geology. The views are some of the most spectacular in Arkansas. Both trails feature easy hiking, but border high cliffs with steep drop-offs and require safety precautions. There are 3 picnicking units, vault toilets and parking is available for large vehicles.

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