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Tea Kettle Falls Trail

Huntsville, Arkansas

based on 5 reviews



2.97 miles

Elevation Gain

289 ft

Route Type



Added by Jon King

Tea Kettle Falls Trail leads to a unique 46' Arkansas waterfall which carved its way through a limestone bluff.

Finding Tea Kettle Falls is the most challenging part of this adventure. The trailhead is located in the McIlroy-Madison County Wildlife Management Area in northwest Arkansas. From Forum, travel 6.5 miles north on Hwy 23 to gravel road #447. It is approximately 13 miles south of Eureka Springs (1.4 miles south of the Hwy 12 junction). There is no sign for gravel road #447 but you should see a large shed on the east side of the road. Head to the bottom of the gravel road. There is a meadow on the right hand side of the road with a small parking area. Hike through the field until it meets the treeline and you will find the trailhead.

You have two options to hike to the falls. First, you can follow the trail on the right hand side of Warm Fork Creek. The trail is not well marked or maintained and requires a bit of bushwhacking. The trail eventually crosses the creek and you follow it to the falls.

The other option is to simply follow the creek downstream instead of using the trail. Personally, I found this route easier and more enjoyable. At approximately 1 mile you’ll see the smaller Reynold’s Falls to the left of the creek. Shortly after Reynold’s Falls, follow the next drainage to the left. Kettle hollow and Tea Kettle Falls is approximately 100 yards up the drainage.

During the spring, the water typically is ankle to knee deep. Bring a sturdy pair of sandals for creek crossings. Also, I suggest using a walking stick if you’re walking the creek. Tea Kettle only runs after a good rain. Early spring with be your best bet to see the falls in full force.

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Tea Kettle Falls Trail Reviews

The trail winds around and crosses the creek a few times - as long as you follow the creek you're all good. It's a beautiful hike, obviously the waterfall is more dramatic when the water is high, but it also makes the crossings more dramatic, lol. Teakettle Falls is a little over a mile out and will be to your left when the bluff line pulls away from the creek a bit. There are several smaller falls on the way also. This hike is ok for kids, it's short and relatively flat. It's not handicap accessible.

Easy hike along a beautiful creek. Pink ribbons mark the way. In the wet season, water shoes are a good idea. No water in the dry season but you can check out the bluffs and canyon.

The directions lead you straight to someone's private property. A fence that blocks off the driveway, and says no trespassing. Not sure how this person found this place, or how they were able to access it. This ended up to be an hour I've wasted time

Spectacular waterfall.....when it's flowing. Wait to visit this one after a good rain. You will get wet feet crossing the Creek multiple times. There is a spot that allows you to climb to the top of this waterfall on the left side as you look at Tea Kettle Falls.

The directions led to someone's private property

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