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Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead, Ponca

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Hawk's Bill Crag / Whitaker's Point Trailhead reviews

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  • Beautiful out and back hike through the woods to a rocky overlook with amazing views. The hike out to the Crag is starts out downhill and on the hike back you are climbing uphill. There is parking... 
    Beautiful out and back hike through the woods to a rocky overlook with amazing views. The hike out to the Crag is starts out downhill and on the hike back you are climbing uphill. There is parking...  more »
  • We'll talk about the hike first. The 3-mile hike is completely within a forest, which on a sunny fall Saturday afternoon was welcome. The trail has a slight bit of elevation change at the beginning.....  more
    We'll talk about the hike first. The 3-mile hike is completely within a forest, which on a sunny fall Saturday afternoon was welcome. The trail has a slight bit of elevation change at the beginning.....  more »
  • Google Maps got us close- it has us turn down a dead end road (the road was gated off). I was a bit confused, but decided to back up (just a 50 feet or so) to get back on the main road I came in on... 
    Google Maps got us close- it has us turn down a dead end road (the road was gated off). I was a bit confused, but decided to back up (just a 50 feet or so) to get back on the main road I came in on...  more »
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  • This location is a must see. That being said, it’s a very busy trail. There’s a 6-mile drive on a dirt road to get to the trail head but the road is not awful. There is quite a bit of parking but being so busy, there is a chance of not having a place to park without impeding the flow of traffic. The trail itself is clearly marked and the views are beautiful. My 9-year-old son and I have a great time out here when we go.
  • This is a lengthy hike, around 3.25 miles round trip (2 hr hike) it is also a fairly rough drive in around hour drive, dirt rough road. Went in November, temp was around 39-41, could not imagine hiking this in the heat! Several people hiking as this is a popular well hiked trail, make sure and park in designated parking as their is a sign that states cars will be towed if blocking the road. Good hiking shoes are a must as trail is extremely rocky. Make sure and allow plenty of time to drive in, hike, and drive out. Approx 4-5 hrs, driving is slow on the dirt roads.Definitely worth the hike and amazing views.
  • Nice afternoon hike. Easy in and out hike for a regular hiker. Little inclines and declines. The beginning going down is the steepest part. Which leads to a dreadful ending on the way out. Hop the rocks over streams. If you don't have good balance, bring a walking stick for this part. There are a couple streams to cross. There are also a lot of photo ops along the edge, not just the Whitaker point. When we got to Whitaker point, it was VERY windy. I don't know if this is a regular thing or just that day. If balance isn't your forte ....might want to crawl onto the cliff. It's quite relaxing out there. Note .....the rode isn't marked well. My GPS said a different ride than what the store map said. The store map was correct. NC9560(something like that). It's a dirt road by the river bridge. It's a bumpy and steep climb, so I wouldn't recommend a low to the ground car. And if it's been raining, a car probably wouldn't suffice. This hike took us 2 hours to do. That's with stopping for pee breaks and lots of pictures.
  • This trail was great! It was easy enough, but may be challenging to some if climbing steep inclines is an issue. There are plenty of great stopping points to take in the views of the Ozarks. The color of the leaves changing in the fall made the views even more spectacular. The road leading to the trail is steep and narrow in spots but most vehicles can make it up to the trail.
  • Some of the best views during the Fall season when the leaves are turning. If you’re willing to get up early and be the first on the trails you won’t be disappointed. The road isn’t as treacherous as most of the reviews say and if you take your time you’ll be fine. The county road is very steep to start and I’d recommend a reliable two wheel drive SUV at minimum. Four wheel drive vehicles should have no issues. We visited on a foggy morning and luckily had a window of about 20-30 minutes where the fog rolled through and we had beautiful views. If you’re in the area or visiting Fayetteville for a weekend, this is a must see.

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