Trails Near Ponca

Waterfall Trails


2 Miles


A wonderful moderate 2-mile R/T trail featuring a 30 ft. waterfall. Nature has created a hole in the roof of an overhanging bluff and the creek/water now flows through the hole to create a beautiful waterfall.

Directions from Ponca

Head south on HWY 43 for 4.8 miles and continue onto HWY 21 South. Stay on HWY 21 South for 11.2 miles. Turn right onto HWY 16 West and the parking area will be 2.3 miles ahead on the left.
A frozen Glory Hole Falls in the Winter.

Trip Highlights

The Wonder of Erosion

Glory hole Falls flows through a hole drilled out by Dismal Creek over centuries. It is speculated that this feature was caused by an obstacle in the streams path that created hydrological vortex eroding or drilling into the bluff shelter.

Photographers on the Trail

Glory Hole Falls is located within the Dismal Creek Special Interest Area, an area protected for it’s unique botanical features. This makes the trail a great option for those wanting to photograph wildflowers in the Spring. The springtime, also presents the best time to see the falls flowing while the ground is saturated during the rainy season. If you are lucky enough to visit this waterfall during the wintertime (after days of freezing temperatures) you may even be able to see the rare sight of Glory Hole Falls as a solid column ice.

Use Caution

The trail to Glory Hole falls is pretty easy going on the way down but it is fairly steep on the way back out. The area around the falls can also be quite slippery and there are several high rock ledges. Please use caution and keep an eye on kids.