Arkansas has many great waterfalls throughout the state with many of them having easy walks to the falls.
Nothing calms your nerves and resets your mind like the sound of rushing water falling into a scenic pool below.
My first experience with an Arkansas waterfall was Cedar Falls in Petit Jean State Park. Its beauty is mesmerizing. It was worth the hike and I was hooked for life.
Ever since that first hike, I have never turned down the opportunity to hike/walk to a beautiful waterfall in Arkansas!
Beautiful Waterfalls in Arkansas
Traveling to these Arkansas waterfalls is a great start to many more adventures in Arkansas!
1. Cedar Falls at Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park has a fantastic campground and many people who camp or visit there also like to hike down to the base of Cedar Falls.
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. –Arkansas State Parks
Cedar Falls is one of several handicap accessible waterfalls in Arkansas.
You’ll find Cedar Falls here:
1285 Petit Jean Mountain Road
Morrilton, AR 72110
GPS: 35.11707398671, -92.93882131576
2. Collins Creek Trail and Cascade in Heber Springs
Collins Creek Trail in Heber Springs, Arkansas is a 1.2 mile “down and back” trail. This trail is good for all skill levels and is one of several handicap accessible waterfalls in Arkansas (depending on your ability).
Collins Creek is fed from a pipeline that extends underground from the Greers Ferry Dam. This means that the cascade is always flowing! It features flat rock areas and small pools that are great for splashing in the water.
Collins Creek Trail location: turn onto Hatchery Road from AR-25. Just a short distance down and you will see the Collins Creek trailhead sign. There is a small parking lot and immediate access to the trail.
P.S. Collins Creek Trail is near JFK Campground which happens to be my favorite campground in Arkansas! Not the camping type? You’ll love my Review of Lindsey’s Resort on the Little Red River.
3. Blanchard Springs Trail near Fifty-Six
Blanchard Springs Trail is an easy trail that has a concrete walkway out to the falls. This waterfall is especially beautiful after a good rain.
P.S. Never heard of Fifty-Six, Arkansas. It’s one of many weird Arkansas town names!
Forest Service Road 1110
Mountain View, AR 72560
Blanchard Springs Trail was also named one of the BEST Arkansas Hikes with Kids.
4. Hemmed in Hollow in Compton
This is the tallest waterfall in Arkansas and the tallest between the Appalachian Mountains and Rocky Mountains. It is a fairly strenuous and steep hike that is most impressive after heavy rains.
“There’s no doubting that Hemmed-In Hollow is one humdinger of a waterfall. Even when its long, billowing cascade is of modest volume, the geology of the fall alone is worth seeing.
The best time to view the waterfall is during times of recurring rainfall, such as springtime, early summer thunderstorm season and even fall. In winter, spray from the waterfall fall can form an ice dome at the fall’s base, which offers the hiker an entirely different way to appreciate the scenery.” -source
5. Bridal Veil Falls in Heber Springs
“The natural feature that is now called Bridal Veil Falls was at one time called Cornelius Falls, named for the first owner of the property, John H. Cornelius. There are actually two falls in close proximity, leading some to call one of the falls “Cornelius Falls” and the other “Bridal Veil Falls.”
There is a look-out deck where you can easily get a great view of Bridal Veil Falls or you can choose to hike down to the base of the falls and play in the water.
Bridal Veil Falls is located off Highway 25 on Bridal Veil Falls Road, next to Heber Springs Collision Center. Bear right at the fork in the road and turn right in the parking area.
49 Bridal Veil Falls Road
Heber Springs, AR 72543
GPS 35.4695236, -93.0384821
6. Eden Falls near Harrison
Named one of the BEST Arkansas hiking trails with waterfalls, Lost Valley Trail is mild yet beautiful hike that follows a creek and ends with a waterfall (Eden Falls) and a cave (Cobb Cave).
“Great Arkansas hiking trail for families and kids. Beautiful creekside scenery with wildflowers, giant rocks, bluff formations and Eden Falls. Bring a flashlight and explore Cobb Cave at the end of the trail. Part of this trail is wheelchair accessible.
The trail begins at the Lost Valley Campground and terminates in a cave 1½ miles up the valley. Features of the hiking trail include waterfalls, a cascading creek, towering cliffs, a large bluff shelter, a natural bridge, spring wildflowers and a hardwood forest containing American Beech.” -source
7. King’s Bluff Falls
This hike has beautiful bluff lines to hike along and then King’s Bluff falls flows over the edge.
“One of the tallest in the Ozarks, this waterfall pours from atop the impressive Kings Bluff, which is located in the Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area. The large bluffs in the area offer many geologic formations to view.” –source
You’ll find King’s Bluff Falls here:
GPS: N35 43.488, W93 01.507
8. Pam’s Grotto near Hagarville
The hike to Pam’s Grotto is an easy hike along a nice portion of bluff line that ends with this beautiful waterfall in a small grotto.
Pam’s Grotto is named after the wife of Tim Ernst, a wilderness photographer and author.
9. Triple Falls (Twin Falls) near Jasper
This is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Buffalo region of Arkansas. Whether there’s two waterfalls or three, it’s still beautiful!
“Triple Falls is one of the most beautiful and photographed waterfalls in the Ozarks and in Arkansas. The official name is Twin Falls, but in high water it has three distinct falls. Triple Falls is located at Camp Orr Boy Scout Camp south of Harrison, AR.” -source
10. Glory Hole near Huntsville
Glory Hole is one of the most unique waterfalls in all of Arkansas. When you get there, look up to see Dismal Creek flowing right through the center of the overhanging bluff.
You especially won’t want to miss this beautiful waterfall during freezing temperatures in Arkansas.
11. Falls Creek Falls at Lake Catherine State Park
Lake Catherine State Park has a great hiking trail called Falls Branch Trail. On this trail, you will find Falls Creek Falls.
It’s a nice, easy hike to the falls.
You’ll find Lake Catherine State Park here:
1200 Catherine Park Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
12. Devil’s Den Dam
Devil’s Den Dam within Devil’s Den State Park is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Arkansas. This rock dam spans Lee creek and forms Lake Devil.
Devil’s Den State Park was also named one of the BEST Arkansas Campgrounds with Waterfalls.
You’ll find Devil’s Den State Park here:
11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74
West Fork, AR 72774
13. Haw Creek Falls
Many people enjoy camping at the Haw Creek Falls campground and hiking out to see the beautiful falls here.
“Surrounded by a beautiful mature hardwood forest, this campground is located on a small mountain stream with picturesque falls, rocks, and a bluff. Big Piney Wild and Scenic River are nearby. There is an accessible trail to the Haw Creek Falls.” -source
This trail also provides access to the Ozark Highlands Trail.
You’ll find Haw Creek Falls Campground here:
Hagarville, AR 72839
14. King’s River Falls near Witter
The King’s River Falls Trail is a family-friendly hiking trail. This trail is less than 2 miles round trip and runs alongside the river the entire way. Many people enjoy swimming at the base of the falls once they get there!
This trail is good for all skill levels.
Pro tip: Be sure to get there early on the weekends to avoid the crowd.