Cecil Cove Loop

This trail beings near the Erbie Church and works it way down along a nice stream, through forests and several rock formations. The trail also passes near several caves including Fenton Cave, one of the best caves in the Ozarks. Most of these caves require a permit and access via the park service. There are also some nice old cemetaries and numro sold homesteads to explore on this trail. As you work your way around and along the bench part of the trail, you can even see some great views of the Buffalo River from high up on the bluffline. After working your way through some fields and by more old homesteads, the Goat Bluff provides several great views before looping back to the trailhead. The one negative about this trail, is that horses are permitted on parts of the trail, making certain areas rough, rocky, muddy and hard to navigate. Overall, a nice trail, with some great caves to explore.

Cecil Cove Loop

Trail Details

  • Location: Erbie, Arkansas
  • Total Mileage: 7.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Maintained: Yes
  • Elevation:
  • Water Crossings: Yes
  • Camping: Backcountry Camping and campground
  • Head Height:
  • Access to Water: Yes
  • Marked: Yes
  • Directions:

    The simplest way to get to Erbie is to come in from Arkansas Highway 7, just south of Pruitt. Take the road by the Erbie Campground sign. This is County Road 79 or Erbie Campground Road, but it’s a gravel road and the road name isn’t well-marked. If you turn at the sign for Erbie Campground, it will take you there.