What could be better than a hike on the over 300 miles of trails available in The Natural State? An outing on Arkansas hiking trails boasts breathtaking views of the mountains from scenic overlooks, cascading waterfalls and varying terrains. With so many trails to choose from, check out this list of 8 absolutely beautiful Arkansas hiking trails to explore when visiting the area.
The Lost Valley Trail in Ponca, AR can be found in the Buffalo National River area. The trail is 2.3 miles roundtrip and features a 53-foot tall waterfall, a natural bridge and a cave with a 35-foot waterfall inside. The trail is easy to access and an easy hike with benches along the way to rest and soak it all in. The Lost Valley Trail is beautiful to see in all seasons. The springtime brings on blooming wildflowers and the fall is a perfect spot for viewing the changing fall leaves.
Also in the Buffalo National River area is the Hemmed-in Hollow Trail. Hikers choose this trail because of the Hemmed-in Hollow falls which cascade 210-feet. This waterfall is considered the highest waterfall between the Rockies and the Appalachians. The trail can take as long as 4 to 5 hours to complete due to the rough terrain. Hikers should plan to be on the trail for the entire day. It’s a great trail to hike in the spring after a good rain and can even be flowing strongly in the summer and fall.
The Ozark National Forest is home to the Glory Hole Waterfall Trail in Deer, Arkansas. The hike is mainly downhill to the waterfall and can be tough to hike as the rocks get slippery. The waterfall is quite unique as the water flows through a natural-made hole in the rocks. Children will enjoy this short 1-mile one-way trail as long as they don’t mind the hike back up the hill.
While you’re in the Ozark National Forest, check out the Whitaker Point Trail. This is by far a definite must-see trail when visiting the region. Many hikers choose this trail to find the crag at the end that overlooks Whitaker Creek. The crag is also known as the Hawksbill Crag Trail. The trail is 3-miles round trip and there are beautiful waterfalls and wildflowers to be seen along the way.
Mount Magazine State Park is home to the Bear Hollow Trail. This 2.7-mile trail has 2 great spots for taking in the scenic views including Sunrise Rock and Inspiration Point and several waterfalls along the way. The trail is moderate in difficulty due to the wet weather creek crossings during the rainy seasons.
The Rocky Valley Trail and the East Quarry Trail are combined into one 3.4 mile trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Rocky Valley gets its name from the many rock formations to be seen along the trail. The East Quarry Overlook is an uphill climb to the top but offers views of Pinnacle Mountain and the Arkansas River.
Cane Creek State Park in Star City, Arkansas has the Cane Creek Lake Trail. This trail has 3 suspension bridges on the trail, a wooden boardwalk and opens up to beautiful views of the lake. This trail extends 15.5 miles and can take as long as 8 to 10 hours to complete.
At Devil’s Den State Park, the Yellow Rock Trail is a great place to start. At the end of the 300-foot hike, hikers will discover stunning views of the Lee Creek Valley. This hike is great for a quick outing in the morning or afternoon as it is only 3-miles in length. The trail does get busy on the weekends but still well worth scenic views at the end.
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