Indian Rockhouse Trail
If you find yourself near Harrison, AR and want to take a nature hike with plenty of photo opportunities then the Indian Rockhouse Trail is an excellent choice. This a challenging 3.5-mile hiking trail which is rated as moderate to strenuous for hikers.
In early November while shooting the fall foliage my buddy William Mattison and I took this hike and got some pretty awesome photos.
The trail begins across the road from the parking area and is well marked. When you start down the trail you begin walking downhill.
The first place of interest you encounter is the Sinkhole Icebox. This is a large sinkhole and it is said that at certain times a cool mist can be seen coming from the mouth of the sinkhole.
As you continue descending the trail you come upon a small waterfall. Then the trail evens out to run along a rock cliff for a while.
As you follow the cliffs for a while you will come to an old abandoned zinc mine nestled in the side of the cliff face.
The trail meanders for a while along a stream bed. Then you will come to a small cave. If you’ve read the description of the Indian Rockhouse cave you may think this is it, as we did at first. This is simply a small cave with a natural skylight, however.
After walking the trail for a while longer you’ll encounter the natural bathtub, a bowl-shaped rock formation that has been eroded out of the rock. The stream has created a natural tub!
At this point, the trail forks and you have a choice to start the uphill climb back to the trailhead or continue 6/10ths of a mile to the Indian Rockhouse. Don’t do like I almost did and start back to the trailhead. The walk to the Rockhouse is well worth the extra effort. It is a huge cave with a natural skylight and a spring in the back of the cave. It was well worth the hike!
Once you have explored the Indian Rockhouse it is time to begin hiking the scenic trail back to the trailhead. Be advised that the hike back is at times very steep hiking mostly uphill all the way when you get back to the natural bathtub.
This is a long hike that will take some time to complete. But I can tell you after doing it that there are so many things to see and explore, it is well worth the effort. So if you are in Northwest Arkansas take the trip out of Yellville, AR to the Buffalo National River and do the hike to the Indian Rockhouse.