With Arkansas being home to over 300 miles of trails, it’s hard to pick a favorite. There is so much to enjoy about the Arkansas hiking trails. Whether you prefer a strenuous day hike or an easy stroll, you will definitely find that here in the Natural State. Be prepared for hiking this upcoming spring with this guide to 10 of the most beautiful trails in Arkansas.
Starting in our own backyard in Eureka Springs is the Leatherwood Loop at Lake Leatherwood City Park. This 1-mile trail is flat and perfect for an easy stroll. The trail offers beautiful views of the lake and is abundant in wildlife. There are also quite a few geocaches to check out along the way.
At Eureka Springs Blue Spring Heritage Center, there are over a mile of trails that run throughout and past the center’s Blue Spring where 38 millions of gallons of water pour daily. The gardens throughout the park are a sight to behold with their many colors and variety of blooms popping up in each season.
The Buffalo National River area is another great location to check out when hiking. The Lost Valley Trail is a 2.3-mile trail that features a 53-foot tall waterfall a natural bridge and a cave with a 35-foot waterfall inside. The Lost Valley Trail is beautiful to see in the spring season because of the blooming wildflowers.
Another trail to check out when in the Buffalo National River area is the Hemmed-in Hollow Trail. You can’t miss the Hemmed-in Hollow falls which cascade 210-feet. The terrain along the trail is rough so allow 4 to 5 hours to complete. After a good spring shower, the trail is a sight to see with the water flowing strongly.
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, a definite must-see 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 Signal Hill Trail. This trail takes you to Signal Hill which is the highest point in Arkansas. Once you’ve reached the top, check out the 400 square foot stone map of Arkansas. The hike is only 1.5 miles long but allow yourself 2 hours on the trail as it is rated moderate in difficulty.
At Pinnacle Mountain State Park, there are many trails to choose. The Kingfisher Trail is an easy half-mile hike with plenty of wildlife and plants along the trail. This is also a great trail for a morning hike as there are many birds to be seen at this time.
Also, at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the West Summit Trail. Hikers will be able to hike to the top of Pinnacle Mountain on this 1.5-mile roundtrip trail. The terrain on this trail is rocky making it a strenuous hike not for beginners but the views at the top of Lake Maumelle and the Arkansas River Valley make it all worth it.
At Devil’s Den State Park, make time for an overnight hike exploring the Butterfield Hiking Trail. On this 15 mile trail, you’ll come across stunning rock formations and scenic views of Blackburn Creek and Vista Point. A free permit is required for backpacking this trail.
After hiking the best trails in Arkansas, be sure to return to our beautiful B&B for a night’s stay. Here at Arsenic and Old Lace, we have 5 cozy and comfortable guest rooms for you to kick up your feet and relax. For reservation information, please call 479-253-5454.