Hike Pedestal Rocks Loop

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Distance

2.2 miles

Elevation Gain

200 ft

Route Type

Loop

Added by Jon King

Explore unique “pedestal” rock formations and take in stunning views of the Ozark Mountains with this easy loop hike.

Shortly after the trailhead, you’ll come to a three-way intersection. Head straight on Pedestal Rocks Trail to make a counterclockwise loop. Follow through the woods until you reach the bluff line. Check out the ledges along the way and you’ll begin to see the pedestal rock formations. There are several areas where you can head off trail and explore the rocks and caves from below. Continue along the ridge until you get back to the forest. Soon you’ll return to the initial three way intersection. Retrace your steps back to the parking area.

Watch your step along the trail as large holes and sheer cliffs are common. If you’re hiking with children, keep them close and don’t let them wander too far off the trail.

The trail is well marked and maintained. Allow 1.5 hours to complete the hike.

How to get there:
Pedestal Rocks Loop is located 6 miles east of Pelsor/Sand Gap, Arkansas in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area. There is a small gravel parking lot and includes a picnic area and primitive restroom. The trailhead is located just past the restroom.

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11 months ago

Crazy rock formations

Amazing rock formations! Plenty of parking, 2 mile loop hike. Pedestal rocks are cool to check out from the trail. There are a couple places where you can get to the lower level and explore the caves along the bluffs. We did spot a snake 🐍 🇺🇸

almost 3 years ago

Terrific views & very few other hikers

This hike has some great views and very interesting rock formations. Not too hard to get to the trailhead either, but still pretty remote. We did this hike in summer not thinking there would be much grass in this area but the trail was overgrown and we got into ticks even though we were stopping periodically to check for them. I would highly recommend tick repellent and possibly even long pants. Also, the views of many of the pedestals would be better when the leaves are not on the trees. Don't let this stop you, though, the views are worth it! Just be prepared. Oh, and don't miss King's Bluff trail while you're there! (Same trailhead)

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over 4 years ago

Great Fall Hike

This is an easy loop hike, I recommend checking it out in the Fall to see a colorful view of the Ozarks

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