An early morning image of Pedestal Rocks captured in the Arkansas Ozark. Located near the city of Sand Gap, this fantastic spectacle offers unique rock structures carved by the hand of nature millions of years ago. These rock formations, known as pedestals, run parallel to the bluffs along the Pedestal Rocks & Kings Bluff Trail and stand about 100 feet tall. Both trails lead to the pedestal rocks and require about a 2-mile hike in and out. However, viewing all the pedestals will involve trekking along both paths, which covers about 4 miles.
Although it's not a difficult trail, I did have to climb over a few fallen trees. Also, be observant, there are many fissures and trip hazards near the ledges. I would not recommend hiking in the dark. In capturing this image, I decided to camp overnight near the pedestals. Although I always enjoy backpacking in the forest, if you're a bit squeamish of noises in the dark, I assure you that this area is not for you. In the summer, when the sun goes down, Pedastal Rocks Scenic Area is teeming with wildlife!
On another note, the roads leading to the trailhead are paved but curvy. The trailhead is conveniently located just off Hwy 16 and has a picnic table and restroom. Pedestal Rocks is off the beaten path and offers an extraordinary adventure. It's truly a must-see for those that admire the marvels of nature!
August 3rd, 2019
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