Hawksbill Crag (Whitaker Point)

This is one of the most famous hiking spots in Arkansas and consists of a large rock outcropping that sticks out over a very tall bluff.  The trail to this spot is also pretty, as it runs part of the way along a small stream and the remainder of the way along the bluffline overlooking a scenic canyon.  This trail is full of great views, spectacular rocks and a couple of water features during the wetter seasons.

Trail Details

  • Location: Arkansas
  • Total Mileage: 3 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Maintained: Yes
  • Elevation:
  • Water Crossings: No
  • Camping: Backcountry camping
  • Head Height:
  • Access to Water: Yes
  • Marked: Yes
  • Directions:

    Take Hwy 43 South to Hwy 21.  Turn left.  Go about two miles to the Boxley Bridge that crosses the Buffalo River.  Turn right onto gravel road #9560 and go about 6 miles.  About 1/4-mile from the trail head, you’ll pass the Cave Mountain Church & Cemetery on the right.  Trail head parking is limited, so if you’re arriving on a Saturday (especially in the spring and fall), expect to have to park along the roadside.