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The Best Rock Climbing in Arkansas

Looking for the best rock climbing in Arkansas? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Arkansas. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top rock climbing spots in and near Arkansas

  • Hagarville, Arkansas

    Backpack to the Natural Bridge

    8 mi
    After you drive across the one-lane bridge and take the dirt road immediately after it, follow that dirt road until it begins to bend to the left. Park your vehicle in the turnoff on the right, and be sure to lock it and take (or hide) any valuables in it. Even though it’s relatively remote, rand...
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  • Mount Judea, Arkansas

    Hike Sam's Throne

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    This hike starts at the Sam's Throne Campground parking area. Once you walk to the end of the campground there is a fence with three different entrances that all lead to different trails. Take the middle trial for the shortest and easiest hike to the bluffs. This hike is very easy and only tak...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Backpacking Cecil Creek

    5.0
    8 mi
    From Tulsa, head out east along US-412 until you reach HWY 103. Take a right (south) on HWY 103 and follow it toward Compton, Arkansas. Shortly before reaching Compton, take the dirt road on the right (before the road starts to head north), and follow the road south. Keep on it as it bends to the...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Camp at Kyle's Landing

    5.0
    Kyles Landing is located directly beside the beautiful Buffalo river, hardly a stone's throw from the cool refreshing water. With huge bluffs soaring over 400ft into the air, multiple hiking trails available, and access to the river itself, the campground is a perfect weekend getaway to get outsi...
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  • Witts Springs, Arkansas

    Backpack to the Sandstone Castles

    5.0
    8 mi / 1000 ft gain
    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 enormou...
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  • Jasper, Arkansas

    Climb at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

    4.7
    Horseshoe Canyon Ranch (HCR) 36°0'25"N 93°17'23"W is located just West of Jasper, Arkansas and hosts hundreds of sport/trad climbing routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.13a! Driving into the canyon, you will follow along a dirt road to the gate for Horseshoe Canyon. Continue down, past the barn to the...
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  • Jasper, Arkansas

    Indian Creek to The Eye Of The Needle

    5.0
    5 mi / 700 ft gain
    Starting at approx. 900' in elevation, this 5 mile out and back hike ascends 700' in elevation to 1,400 at the highest point- The Eye of The Needle. The trail head is located next to the Buffalo River sign at Kyles Landing on the West side of the campground. You will follow the trail less than ....
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  • Batesville, Arkansas

    Climb at Jamestown Crag

    5.0
    Jamestown Crag is just a few minutes south of Batesville and is one of the largest, most exposed areas of Atoka sandstone in Northeast Arkansas. There are 70+ well bolted sport routes ranging in difficulty from 5.5 to 5.13. The crag offers many top rope and lead routes, the tallest of which being...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Centerpoint to Goat Trail

    5.82 mi / 1001 ft gain
    Centerpoint to Goat Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Ponca, Arkansas.
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  • Mount Judea, Arkansas

    Sam's Throne Trail

    2.39 mi / 302 ft gain
    Sam's Throne Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Judea, Arkansas.
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  • Dover, Arkansas

    Longpool Falls Trail

    1.05 mi / 43 ft gain
    Longpool Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Dover, Arkansas.
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  • Roland, Arkansas

    Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail

    1.42 mi / 630 ft gain
    Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Little Rock, Arkansas.
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  • Hagarville, Arkansas

    Pam's Grotto Waterfall Trail

    0.92 mi / 384 ft gain
    Pam's Grotto Waterfall Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Hagarville, Arkansas.
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  • Mulberry, Arkansas

    Fern Gully Scenic Area Bushwhack

    3.16 mi / 315 ft gain
    Fern Gully Scenic Area Bushwhack is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Mulberry, Arkansas.
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  • Mountainburg, Arkansas

    Ozark Highland Trail: Lake Fort Smith to White Rock Mountain

    17.01 mi / 2995 ft gain
    Ozark Highland Trail: Lake Fort Smith to White Rock Mountain is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Mountainburg, Arkansas.
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  • Mount Judea, Arkansas

    Owens Mountain Bluffs Trail

    0.65 mi / 79 ft gain
    Owens Mountain Bluffs Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Judea, Arkansas.
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