Hike to Punchbowl Falls

Arkansas Ozark Highlands Trail (Searcy 12 Highway)

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One of the most beautiful places in Arkansas people rarely know about. If you consider yourself a gear head, I highly suggest this hike. Every time I go I have yet to see anybody, which is relaxing. One of the drawbacks to this hike is that it drains your body, but it is worth it in the end! Go relax outdoors! Peace & Blessings!

Go in the early Fall or late Spring! You start off on the Ozark Highland Trail. As you start walking along the trail you can see where people have slept the night before. Camping is acceptable out here, you do not have to pay, but the downside is that the closest town is about an hour away so if you have an emergency you are on your own.

The trail has white strips on the trees so if you get off track you can easily get back on the trail. You walk on a ridge for about 1.3 miles staying on the Ozark Highland Trail. This is when it gets difficult - once you start turning around the ridge you will keep going for a half mile then veer off the trail and down the first ridge through brush, thickets, and thorns. After you get down the first hill you end up on a logging road,at which point you have only half mile left. Keep on walking down the hill through all the brush.

Once you see the creek you should see the waterfall. The waterfall is covered with bluffs for about 100 yards so getting inside the Punchbowl is a difficult task.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Camera
  • Bring a knife/gun for animals
  • Hammock
  • Towels
  • Survival/Wilderness Kit
  • Water
  • Extra Clothes
  • Boots
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Activities:

Chillin, Camping, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

-600 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Waterfall
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole

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about 1 month ago

RIP Hal Smith 01/30/2016

My daughters father fell here a year ago. He didn't fall but about 10 feet but it was enough. Please be careful when your out here. He passed away while a sweet 13 year old girl held his hand and waited for her mother and EMS to come. We believe he died from a head injury... It was a long hike back out of here for help... Enjoy Nature... but respect it and always leave it the way you found it...

about 1 month ago

about 2 months ago

Complications

So this trail was pretty easy to follow on the way in but got substantially more complicated on the way out because there was a massive football field-sized mudslide that took out the trail and surrounding area. I think the trail is closed at this point because there was a lot of trouble with the mudslide.

about 2 months ago

6 months ago

On the List

Good job on this post! I have never heard about this waterfall but plan to check it out! Looks like a nice area.

6 months ago

over 1 year ago

Terrible

I am a pretty active person and I love to hike. Well I decided to take me, my two little sisters, and my boyfriend with me on this little adventure. It took us 7 hours to complete...and we were moving constantly. We stopped maybe 4 times. It was beautiful when we finally got there, but...it most definitely wasn't worth it

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Great weekend get away.

A couple buddies and I made this hike and had a blast. It was fairly easy to find and well worth the short hike. I would suggest hiking further down the stream until you reach a series of fields and setting up a base camp there and explore up the river during the day.

over 1 year ago

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