Backpack to the Sandstone Castles



8 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type


Added by Tyler Fountain

Get an early start out to the Richland Creek Campground and set off on a day's hike to the popular Twin Falls and then continue on to the not-so-trafficked "Sandstone Castles".

From the Richland Creek campground, Twin Falls is an approximate 3 mile hike followed by another mile (give or take) to the "Castles". Directly above a small camping area on top of Twin Falls there begins a more primitive trail up the center on the ridge that will take you straight to the enormous bluffs and 2 large caves that make a solid campsite for anywhere from 1-10 people. The hike is fairly steep in the initial half-mile (you will gain hundreds of feet in elevation) and not necessarily great for beginners but for the avid hiker, this is a great trail to spend the day backpacking and ends with one of Arkansas' hidden treasures. The Richland Creek area is also known for some great rock climbing! 

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🥇Top Contributor

about 1 year ago

Hidden gem in the Ozarks.

The hike to the top of Twin Falls was so strenuous that we ended up camping there and hiking to Sandstone Castles for the day rather than camping there for the week like we originally planned. I want to go back and camp in the caves for a few days next time. It is a very steep trail, so don't bring too much weight like we did and you will thank yourself for it.

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