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What to Explore in Northern Arkansas

Come see what's in store for you on your next trip to Northern Arkansas. From numerous hiking and biking trails to explore, various shops around the area, zip-lining, elk watching, there's something here for everyone!


It's a fact that Ponca is mostly known for its incredible hiking. Some of the best hiking trails are the Centerpoint Trail, which is right across the street from our lodge.

  • Hawksbill Crag is a longer hike (5 miles round trip) and offers incredible views and is a perfect spot to take many incredible pictures of the surrounding area.

  • Lost Valley Hiking Trail is a bit shorter (2.2 miles round trip) . This trail is the most popular of the bunch which takes you to Cobb Cave, which is 150 feet under the bluff and to Eden Falls, a waterfall that is over 50 feet tall! This is a great hike for families due to its length.

  • Hideout Hollow Trail is another relatively easy hike (2 miles round trip) and offers many mini waterfalls along with a 50 foot waterfall. This trail isn't to be missed!

  • Centerpoint Trailhead is a 5.9 mile round trip hike that offers incredible sights from the side of the bluff. This trail is more for experienced hikers but the views are some of the best in Arkansas.

Canoeing and kayaking

At Lost Valley Canoe Rental, you're able to rent canoes and kayaks and explore the Buffalo River a different way. They'll be more than happy to get you set up.

Kayaks from Above
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Ponca elk education center

If museums are your sort of thing, then you're going to fall in love with the Ponca Elk Education Center. They know all there is to know about the elk in the area with seminars, exhibits, and you're able to go check out one of their walking trails.


If you're more of the daredevil type, the Buffalo River Canopy Tour will be able to suit your fancy and you'll be able to explore the true beauty of Northern Arkansas while being up with the trees.

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With a small population around the Ponca area, it makes the Northern Arkansas region one the best places to come and stargaze. In 2019, the Buffalo National River became an International Dark Sky Park, meaning that they now work with the government, communitiies, and city planners to help reduce articial light where possible to help bring out the skies natural beauty. Bring your blankets and come enjoy, it's a sight you're going to have to see to believe.

Buffalo river national park

We are right across the street from the Centerpoint Trailhead, which provides easy access to many trails and swimming holes. They're also known for their many cave dwellings. Check our the National Park Service website to see what's currently open!



  • Mystic Caverns- Located in Harrison, a quick twenty minute drive away is the beautiful Mystic Caverns and Crystal Dome. The cave has a rich history and is a must see when visiting the area.

  • Onyx Caverns- Located in Eureka Springs, the Onyx Cave is the oldest toured cave in Arkansas. 

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