Or as some people refer to it as Hawksbill Crag at Witaker Point. Either one will work.
But, if you’re like me and you like to shorten words down, you can just call it “The Hawk”
That’s what I would do if I were you. It’s easy and it rolls off the tongue. Go ahead and try it. Something like “hey would you like to go hike to The Hawk next weekend?” See, I’m not wrong.
Ok, back to the lecture at hand.
The Hawk is one of my very favorite places to hike in the state of Arkansas and I felt like it deserves its very own special post.
So here we go….
Tripadviser claims they will tell you everything you need to know but it’s a lie. There’s more…..
They don’t mention anything about the weekend traffic jams or the “holy crap, where am I gonna park?” Or the tree with the hole in it where it’s required to stop and stick your face in while someone takes a pic. They don’t mention anything about the cool creek with the subtle waterfalls or the sweet little cliff before you get to The Hawk where if you grab the tree and shuffle down the 8 feet or so you can get a cool photo of the waterfall and just relax for a minute under the outcropping.
They don’t mention anything about the sweet boulders past The Hawk or the cool camping spot up the hill.
But I’m here for you with all the deets.
Let’s first talk about the parking…
Oh, the parking. It can be annoying. First off, the road getting up to The Hawk is a 6 mile dirt road. Let me clarify. A 6 mile bumpy and steep dirt road. You might need 4 wheel drive if it’s super muddy but for the most part, you should be fine in a car. Then you get to the top and depending on what day you go, will totally depend on the crowd and the number of vehicles you will need to maneuver around. Weekend warriors are fierce on The Hawk so just be prepared for the crowd.
Second thing, the hike. It’s 3 miles round trip and usually takes most people about an hour and a half unless you’re a power hiker or a trail racer then knock off a few.
It’s a moderate hike except for that hill coming back out. We all love those hills right.
Next is the view. The ultra stunning view. One of the best views in Arkansas no doubt.
Even on a clear night, the view is stunning!
Last but not least is THE DANGER. I feel like I need to include this because let’s be honest…it’s dangerous up there. So be careful. People fall and we don’t want to be a statistic for the sake of a photo.
Let’s talk about that photo. One of the best photo spots is about 50 yards before you get to The Hawk. There is no handrail and the bluff is tall. Really tall. A slip here would be fatal so stay a safe distance away and keep a good eye on those small people.
Finding it is easy, just use your Google Maps and it will take you right to the trailhead.
Bathrooms are non existent. I mean….proper bathrooms are non existent. Natures bathrooms are plentiful.
Cell phone service is sketchy or nonexistent so plan on posting to your story when you get back down to civilization and the beautiful WIFI at the BOC!
Helpful Hawk Tips:
- Bring water and a snack, you might want to stay a while and soak it all in.
- Bring a camera..Duh
- Bring a hiking stick or trek pole.
- Explore the areas around the Hawk
- Go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
- Go early and catch the sunrise.
- Stay light and catch a starry night.
- Bring a headlamp or flashlight if you stay after dark
- Have fun, stay safe and take lots of pics. You’ll be glad you did.
Thanks for stopping by and check out some of my other posts like this one here for more great places to explore in The Natural State.