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Cedar Falls Trail (National Recreation Trail)

The trail begins behind the breezeway at Mather Lodge, a majestic CCC rustic style mountain lodge, and winds down into Cedar Creek Canyon. Massive stone boulders and large trees adorn the trailside. The trail then follows Cedar Creek to 95-foot Cedar Falls, one of the tallest continuously flowing waterfalls in the state. This is a photographer's paradise. (Orange Blazes)

Length: 2 miles round trip
Approximate time for trail completion - 1 1/2 - 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous

Trail Type:

  
Hiking Trail

For Information:
Park Superintendent, 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road, Morrilton, AR, 72110, 501-727-5441
petitjean@arkansas.com

Trail Start
Trail begins behind Mather Lodge through the breezeway.

GPS Coordinates: 35.117073986710 -92.93882131576

Exit No. 108 off I-40 at Morrilton, 9 miles south on Hwy. 9, then 12 miles west on Hwy. 154

See nearby trails:

Canyon Trail :: 0.02 miles away.
CCC Hike & Bike Trail :: 0.17 miles away.
Bear Cave Trail :: 0.33 miles away.

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Trail Visitor Reviews


By Jesse N on 11/15/2013

Comment: Wonderful trail, beautiful waterfall (especially if you go after it rains). Great scenery on the way and you'll arrive at the waterfall before you know it. Doesn't even feel like 2 miles worth of hiking.


By Isabelle Staggs on 8/23/2013

Comment: Cedar Falls Trail is a treat for your body, mind, and spirit. I first did this trail about 10 years ago. I was about 40ish and weighed roughly 75 lbs more than I do now. I used to wear the T-Shirt, “I survived the hike out.” Lately, I have been through a lot of emotional stress. I needed something special, just for my own spirit. I thought of Cedar Falls. I was apprehensive to do it because I am now 51 and by myself. I still had that memory of struggling up the hill when I was so much bigger. I made a plan. Yesterday, I laced up my Reeboks and made the drive from Hot Springs. I was so glad I did it. By the end of the trail, I felt renewed. I had made a new friend, experienced the beauty of the waterfall, and worked up a good sweat. I felt victorious. My newfound hiking buddy, a woman twenty years or so younger than I, had a hard time keeping up. She explained she had her own struggles with weight. We became a couple of cheerleaders for those we saw on the trail, struggling but not quitting. I felt like a part of something bigger than myself. That was just what I needed. I am just so thankful that we have such wonderful places still maintained for us here in Arkansas. We are truly blessed.


By Ralph Bunton on 12/18/2012

Comment: Cedar Falls is one of my most favorite places in the world to visit. I have taken some amazing pictures of the falls in every season. My favorite is one of the only times I can remember that the falls have frozen. It is an easy walk to the falls but always take caution. There is always possibility you could see snakes and other creatures as well as wildlife which may spook you if not prepared. Also the auto show it awesome as well as the grave site of petit jean which has a awesome view of the old Arkansas river channel.


By Kassandra Kearns on 9/18/2012

Comment: I hiked this yesterday with my 4 year old. It was a great day spent with the kiddo. I was worried it was a bit more then we should take on for our first mom/son solo hike, we usually have my husband along, but we did just fine. It was raining, had been for most of last few days, so the trail was pretty wet and slick in a few places but not insurmountable. We saw tiny brown frogs, beautiful orange tinted mushrooms, and the falls themselves were stunning. We had the whole trail to ourselves with the light rain coming down. We even had the falls all to ourselves so we sat and ate some nuts and enjoyed the views for a bit. We hiked back up and enjoyed lunch at the lodge.


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To ensure you enjoy your state park experience, be aware of the natural world. There are some areas which are potentially hazardous to all visitors. Since it is impractical to post signs at all danger points, use caution when approaching such areas as cliffs, caves, heavily wooded areas, swamps, streams, and lakes. Adults are responsible for children in their care. If unsure about possible hazards, check at the visitor center.

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