Arkansas August 10, 2018
Most People Don’t Know There’s A Natural Castle Hiding In Arkansas
The Richland Creek Wilderness is a fantastic smorgasbord of beautiful sights and waterfalls but many folks don’t know about another adventure in the area. Extend your hike along Twin Falls Trail in the Wilderness to reach a fascinating sandstone castle. Let’s take on this trail and explore the sandstone castle’s caves.
The Richland Creek Wilderness outside of Witts Springs may be Arkansas' most beautiful area. Twin Falls Trail is just one of the gorgeous waterfall hikes in Richland but today we'll be exploring it a bit further.
Using the Twin Falls Trail, reaching the Sandstone Castle is about a 6.8-mile out-and-back.
The hike is best taken after the leaves have fallen in autumn so the trail is at its most discernible. Our excursion begins at the Twin Falls. Head up the bluff surrounding the falls to follow the rest of Richland Creek.
There's an excellent area for camping atop of the Twin Falls bluffs. After a break, stick to the left side of the creek.
Remember this is a Wilderness Area, so although you cannot bring anything mechanical (including mountain bikes) you can camp and build a campfire. Just be sure to always leave no trace and completely put out fires.
Continuing on from the top of the Twin Falls, stick to the left side of the trail to cross the Big Devil's Fork creek.
From there continue northwest along the rising ridge line between the two creeks. Before you get to the last incline to the castle you'll see Big Devil's Falls. To see our journey, use these
. This is from Twin Falls, to the Big Devil's Falls and then to the sandstone castle.
The Sandstone Castle is an impressive eroded bluff overlooking the Wilderness Area.
The Castle is a series of caves cut into the rock of the bluff at the top of the ridge overlooking Big Devil's Fork, high above where they flow into the Twin Falls. The benefit of using the Twin Falls trail to reach the Sandstone Castle is that the way back is downhill.
The legend goes that lawbreakers used the Castle as a hide out.
Civil war deserters and criminals would escape to the wilderness area to hide out in the castle.
Enjoy exploring the different rooms of the castle and eating a well deserved feast.
Well maybe just the snacks you packed; but still, if it's in a caste we'll call it a feast.
The best part about the Sandstone Castle is that it's much easier to revisit.
After you figure out where it is the first time, it's much easier to find the second time around. Always take necessary precautions and a GPS but have fun taking new friends to this hidden natural castle.
We highly recommend reviewing the trail through
AllTrails or by reading Rick’s Hiking Blog before heading out.
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If you’re needing a family-friendly adventure, take a day trip to this
gorgeous mountain lake or hike this kid-friendly trail.