Hike to Hawksbill Crag or Whitaker Point, in Upper Buffalo River Wilderness area, near Ponca, Arkansas

Hawksbill Crag in Upper Buffalo Wilderness, Nitin enjoying the view

I always have wanted to hike to Hawksbill Crag or Whitaker Point early morning or late evening to take some photographs. It is said to be one of the most photographed place in Arkansas. I can’t confirm that, but its beautiful. The view during early spring and fall is amazing. We went there for a hike last year, but was not a good day to take photographs. Yesterday Nitin and I decided to go for a hike there after many plans and cancellations. We had thought of driving down from Bentonville, for two hours to Ponca and go up the rough Cave Mountain Road (Next to HW-21 near Boxley Valley) and capture the morning mist and sunrise. Howver, we could not complete the trip early morning and decided that being there evening also will be good. So we reached the trail head after heading up the steep road for around 6 miles around 4.30 PM. The hike is around 1.8 miles oneway and moderately steep in two points. The trail is well-marked and you will mostly find lot of people on a weekend. The trail ends at the Crag, and you get a great view of Whitker Creek and Ozark Mountains.

We took some great photographs. However, just when the sun went down the mountins, we captured some amazing views. That 15 mins was worth the wait. We had to hike back to the parking area before dark. We made it just before dark. The drive back to Boxley Valley was little rough as it was dark and we were going downhill for around 6 miles. Though this year, the fall color are not as good as previous years, still it was worth. Check out some of the photographs we took.


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