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The Indian Rock House Self-guided Nature Trail is a strenuous 3-5 mile hike. The trail winds across hillsides and along a beautiful stream to the spectacular Indian Rockhouse Cave, which once sheltered prehistoric bluff-dwelling Native Americans (there are no "ruins" at the site.) There is also a side trip to Bat Cave.

The length of the round trip is 3 miles (5 if you are also going to Bat Cave) and coming back is uphill. It can get quite tiring. Allow 3-4 hours for the trip to the Rockhouse Cave or 4-5 hours if you include Bat Cave.

The trail begins across the road from the trailhead parking lot. Two trails angle off form the road. Take the right, or lower, trail. If you have hiked the trail in years past, you will notice that the routing has been reversed to take better advantage of the slopes and make the return trip easier.

Directions: From Yellville, Travel south on Hwy. #14 for 14 miles, then three miles east on Hwy. #268.

Difficulty: Strenuous

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