Pedestal Rocks
Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rocks Loop


The two times I've hiked Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rocks, the weather has been lousy. I take voice notes as I hike, and as I listen to them now I hear my incredible enthusiasm about the strange and inspiring beauty of the place. It's too bad I wasn't able to capture that in my photos. It does however give me a reason to go back again and hope for better weather so I can get photos that really showcase the beauty.

In one of my voice notes I stated that this was a place you could spend days and days exploring - I think I'd like to take myself up on that.

From the junction of Interstate Freeway 40 and AR 7 in Russelville Arkansas head 34.6 miles to AR-16 at the tiny town of Sand Gap.
Take a right on AR-16 and head east 5.9 miles to a short loop road that leads to the trailhead.
Coordinates for the hike: 35.7236550,-93.0155110
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The parking lot is dirt, and I would guess prone to being a bit mucky, though not excessively so. There is a pit toilet adjacent to the parking lot.
Trail observations
The trailhead exits the parking lot via a bridge, then immediately branches. Take the right branch to Kings Bluff. This trail will loop down to the bluff, then intersect the Pedestal Rocks Loop - take a right and follow the Pedestal Rocks Loop till it returns to the parking lot.
Note that there are many exposed cliffs, several of them quite high. Be careful!
Trail statistics
The trail is 4.23 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 272 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.03 miParkingParking lot
0.83 miWarningWarning at Kings Bluff
1.21 miRocksPedestal Rocks at Kings Bluff
1.86 miJunctionTrail map at junction
2.90 miCenterCenter point of the loop
3.01 miSpikeSpike
4.23 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rocks Loop
Altitude chart - Kings Bluff and Pedestal Rocks Loop Parking End of trail
Difficulty: Easy
Terrain : Mountainous
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Rock
Type: Loop
View: Overlook
View: Wooded
County: Pope
State: Arkansas
Country: United States of America
Arkansas Outdoors
USDA Forest Service
Printable trail map in PDF format (10 Mb download)
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