Hike up slippery slope leads to Balanced Rock near Buffalo River

Gene Williams and Denise Nemec see Balanced Rock on Dec. 1 2023 from below, before climbing up to the massive boulder.
(NWA Democrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)
Gene Williams and Denise Nemec see Balanced Rock on Dec. 1 2023 from below, before climbing up to the massive boulder. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Flip Putthoff)

It takes some sure footing and steady balance on a hike to Balanced Rock, a boulder weighing several tons that's perched precariously on top of a narrow crevice deep in the forest.