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Whitaker Point - Hawksbill Crag

Road number 5, Boxley, Arkansas 72740 USA

“Best Place in Arkansas to Get Kissed!”

If Buffalo River lovers were pressed to name their favorite spot, well, this most scenic of Arkansas icons might just take first place. A journalist once placed it in her "Best Places in Arkansas to Get Kissed" travel article. Disney filmed the opening to "Tuck Everlasting" here. We can't begin to count the number of proposals and nupitials this aged, craggy rock as seen.  World-class photographers have sought to capture it in the prime of every season. But, for all its fame, Whitaker Point is still "the people's place."  Where one can do some soul searching, hang out with old buds and even meet some new ones, introduce the family to their first sight of that inspiring rock or, simply, just dwell and be. Whatever your motive to be there, the rock does not disappoint.  Nor does the trail along the way, as it is flush with wildflowers and a pretty waterfall area in the spring, then graced with the bright oranges and reds of turning maple leaves in the fall.  Even in summer, one can hike the trail and enjoy the view over Buffalo River country that awaits at trail's end. This is a good trail to pack a couple of bottled waters per person, as folks tend to linger along the way and at the crag.  A hearty snack is also in order.  And a camera is a must, especially if this is your first time to visit Whitaker Point.   The best time to photograph the crag is early in the morning (the photo at right was taken about 6:15 AM---not kidding!) or mid- to late afternoon, once the sun is behind you.  About half-way to the crag you'll cross a wet-weather creek where you can choose to go left or right, either of which direction will take you to the crag. Most folks go to the right, where the trail follows the creek for a bit, then turns left at a waterfall ledge.  In early to mid-April, watch for shooting star and fire pink growing along the creek.   At the bluffline, look for pink mountain azalea and white umbrella magnolia blossoms to appear later in the month and into early May.  At this ledge, the trail now turns and follows the bluffline all the way to the crag.  It is quite scenic and there are places that beg you to sit and enjoy the view, even though your final destination is still about 1/3 of a mile ahead.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL in this area.   A bluffline can be a pretty thing, but also a dangerous one.  We cannot stress enough the importance of remaining cautious and staying back from sheer drop offs, as well as keeping a vigilent eye on children, even teenagers.

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Reviewed by
SteveandJaimeroadtrip

  • Road Warrior
  • 52 Reviews
  • 54 Helpful
July 11, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is one of our favorite places in Arkansas! Enjoy the trail but grab a walking stick at the top to help you down the first part of the trail. It is absolutely breath taking!

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Reviewed by
ej.wood.5

  • 7 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 04, 2014

It's a little tricky to get to the first time but I visit this spot often and the scenery is breathe taking every time highly recommend it and while there make sure to check out horse shoe canyon ranch!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
victoria.kelly

  • 5 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
December 05, 2013

if you go to the website and follow their directions....go south on 21 then left onto road number 5...which will take you to hawksbill crag and the parking lot and trailhead to whitaker point....i was a little lost looking for it as the website never mentioned road 5

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
carol.folks

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 01, 2014

This place has been photographed more than any place in Arkansas. Just beautiful and a sure place I need to visit !!!!! :O)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
CaseyB.Morris

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  • 0 Helpful
December 05, 2013

This place is absolutely gorgeous in the spring and fall

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jillianrobinwalker

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 25, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great trail. I wouldn't call it easy but it's not hard for someone in decent shape. The view was beautiful and well worth the time it took to get there. The drive up was intense, I'm glad I had an SUV, but plenty of cars were up there.

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Reviewed by
KendraFadule

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April 04, 2016

LOVE!!!!!!

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Reviewed by
BenDuMas

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

Easy hike with plenty of places to stop and explore... Great views , pack a lunch , go the day after rain !

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Reviewed by
janessa.loren

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 30, 2014

This is totally worth going to! We got a little turned around, coming from Ponca if you cross the Buffalo river you went to far. You want to get off on the street 9650, which is the road immediately before the bridge on the rghtThe road up the mountain is gravel and steep. I would definitely recommend taking an SUV. But if you don't have access don't worry because my little Ford Fiesta made it, just get a running start at the Hills. The hike itself is pretty easy

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