Pet-Friendly Trails

Pedestal Rocks


2.5 Miles


This scenic area consists of two hiking trails. The highlight of the Pedestal Rocs Trail is its showcase of unusual geologic formations made of eroded limestone. The stone towers are located near the end of the trail, a little over a mile in. The kings Bluff trail features a large bluff with a waterfall that flows over the ledge.


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 left onto HWY 16 East and follow HWY 16 for 13.1 miles. Then you will make a sharp right turn onto HWY 7 South. Continue on HWY 7 South for 13.9 miles before turning left onto HWY 16 East. You will stay on HWY 16 East for 6 miles before coming to the entrance to Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area on your right.
A hiker taking in the view from Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area

Trip Highlights

Geology Lovers this is the Trail for You

This trail offers a great history lesson in Arkansas geology. The natural erosion that has been shaping the Ozark Mountains for centuries is on full display along this trail. Over time weathering along the bluff has formed unique rock formations called Pedestals.

Photographers on the Trail

Photographers will love the unique rock formations, caves, big views, waterfalls, and everything else about this scenic area. The Pedestal Rocks trail offers some nice views for sunrise and the Kings Bluff trail has several spectacular spots for sunset.

Use Caution

A large amount of the trail hugs a bluff line and in areas there are even holes in the bluff above caves. Please use caution while visiting the bluffs, especially if you have children with you.