Directions:
GPS:
35.72458, -93.01558

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None
Facilities:
Picnic area and toilets
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Photo Gallery: Activities:
Hiking, photography, wildlife watching
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Seasonal Opportunities:
Pedestal Rocks / King's Bluff trails are popular destination for fall color fans. 
Emergency Numbers:
National Forest Service  (870) 754-2864
Newton County Sheriff  (870) 446-5124
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Ozark National Forest
Upper Buffalo River Area

Pedestal Rocks & Kings Bluff

Pedestal Rocks / Kings Bluff

Sam's Throne is in the Ozark National Forest near Mt. Judea.

Itinerary Builder -- Attractions Close to the Pedestal Rocks / King's Bluff

Smith Creek Preserve

   Directions    Web
GPS:  35.93548, -93.38612  (
)
Nature Conservency, hiking trail 500 ft. descent in 1 mile. Two track road, hiking trail, very scenic spring fed creek with outstanding spring wildflower show. Popular with photographers.  Remote, don't hike alone.

Boxley Valley Elk Herd

  (Highway 43 & 21)    Directions    Web
GPS:  35.97717, -93.40219  ( )

Home of Arkansas' famous elk herd, arguably the most viewable in the southern US. Mornings and evenings, fall rut exceptional.

Hawksbill Crag

      Directions
GPS:  35.88816, -93.4698  ( )

Popular 3 mile round trip with 200 ft elevation change. Most photographed Arkansas Landmark. Trail can be rough, a few seasonal creeks. Hazardous around bluff edges, children need to be watched closely. Bear sightings now and then.

Boxley Valley Mill Pond

    Directions  
GPS: 35.98829, -93.40081    ( )
The historic spring fed Boxley Valley Mill Pond is home to a population of trumpeter swans, many different waterbirds, bald eagles in season, as well as beaver, mink, otters and the occaional raccoon. Popular with photographers and wildlife watchers. Very near the best elk viewing areas.

Ponca Elk Education Center

(in Ponca)   Directions
GPS:  36.02215, -93.36141  (
)
AGFC elk education center, nationally recognized facility.
Open daily 10 - 4:30 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
(870) 861-2432
 

Centerpoint Trailhead

      Directions   
GPS:  36.06368, -93.36017    ()

This trailhead is popular with hikers and horsemen. It is one of two ways to famous Hemmed In Hollow, the dangerous Goat Trail, Sneeds Creek Trail, and Granny Henderson's cabin. Big elevation changes, not for out of shape hikers. 1,000 ft descent. For most, this is an all day hike requiring frequent rest stops.

Compton Trailhead

      Directions   
GPS:  36.0817, -93.30536     ()

Another trailhead down to Hemmed In Hollow, Granny Hendersons, and Sneeds Creek. Very tough hike, over 1,000 ft. descent on switchback trails. Plan to take all day for this one. Don't go alone, and don't go if you are not reasonably fit. Popular with hikers and horsemen. HIH easier hike from parked canoe.