RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (News release) — Effective immediately, Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
officials announce the temporary shutdown of access to Whitaker Point, also known as
Hawksbill Crag, and Glory Hole Trails located in Newton County, Ark., in an effort to slow the
spread of COVID-19.
The temporary shutdown also includes the trailhead parking areas.
“The top priority of the USDA Forest Service is the health and safety of visitors, nearby
communities and employees,” said Big Piney District Ranger Tim Jones. “I am thankful for this
cooperative effort between the Newton County Judge, the Newton County Sheriff and the
Buffalo National River to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
The Whitaker Point and Glory Hole trails are high traffic areas experiencing public use
inconsistent with social distancing guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), which can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
For a list of closures, more information and updates, visit the websites of the Ozark-St. Francis
National Forests at www.fs.usda.gov/osfnf/ or the Ouachita National Forest at
Updates can also be found at the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest at
www.facebook.com/ozarkstfrancis/ and Ouachita National Forest Facebook site at