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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Little Grand Canyon (Arkansas)

Known by locals as "The Little Grand Canyon," these unique sand and rock formations are quite unusual for Southern Arkansas.

Located at the edge of White Oak Lake in Chidester, very few people, other than the locals, even know this exist. Someone told me about hiking there and I had to go check it out.

Well it's really there and it is even more beautiful in person! The water is an amazing blue green color and very clear and clean.

The formations appear to be made of a hard packed sand with some shale rocks mixed in. The sand is white and dark gray, but the shale is a rust color. Very unusual to see!

There are worn trails for hiking all around the area and I hear it is a favorite swimming place for the locals in the summer.

Drive to the end of the road and park in the clearing just inside the woods. It is a very short hike to the water. You can get down to the area easily if you keep walking until you see a trail that is not very steep. The first three trails down to the area are very steep!

Take the trail to the left where you parked and you will go down to where we found these footprints in the hard rock. They are quite a bit larger than the normal male foot and the stride would be beyond that of the normal male! It might be a good place for Bigfoot (Sasquatch) hunting! 😲

Look for this motorcycle where your turn off of Highway 24 onto Ouachita Rd. Our GPS took us past it and wanted us to take a trail through the woods! 😐


 218 Ouachita Rd 332
 Chidester, AR 71726

GPS cordinates:

33.700436, -93.099361

Happy Travels! 

Push play arrow below to watch video of our visit! 


  1. I am really not sure. There is one area that stays deep all the time and it seems to have a continuous slow flow.

  2. Went there today. The water was not green but was awesome. Also the motorcycle at the highway turn off is not there.lots of people there. Was not a difficult walk. Thanks we loved it.

  3. cool - thanks for the info

    1. You're welcome! Hope you get a chance to explore the area. You will love it!

  4. A nice camping area is located within the White Oak State Park. It is about an eleven mile drive from this area.

  5. How long would you say it took you to get from your vehicle to the "Little Grand Canyon"? I have a couple thinking of eloping there.

    1. It only takes about a couple of minutes from where you park.

  6. can you swim there?!

  7. We go there often, and have also found a really large foofprint. Barefoot too!

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