Eureka Springs is located in northwest Arkansas. The wooded area is rich with rivers, lakes, hiking trails, biking trails and camping areas. The Ozark mountains provide gentle and rugged hiking terrain and the trails are often shared by hikers, bikers and horses. Many of the trails in the area lead to scenic lookout points while others never leave the canopy of the forest.
The Beachem Trail is a four-mile hike that circumnavigates Leatherwood lake. The majority of the hike is on flat ground and the trail is easy navigate. The trail provides access for fisherman and is also used for geocaching according to Local Hikes. Along the hike there is a waterfall and it is common to see wildlife. Several other trails also branch off the main trail making it possible to explore other routes. The trail is located in a park where the hours are limited from sunrise to sunset. The park also provides trail maps for hikers and bikers.
The Beaver Trail is located seven miles north of Eureka Springs. The trail is less than half a mile and easy to navigate. It is a one way trail and the round trip hike increases the distance to just under one mile. The hike has views of Beaver Lake and the White River and it can be used as a fishing access for both. The trail follows an abandoned rail road bed and is not suited for biking. It is not heavily regulated and many hikers are accompanied by dogs.
Roaring Springs State Park is 20 miles north of Eureka Springs in Missouri. The park has multiple hiking trails of varying degrees of difficult. The trails are well marked and many have self-guided brochures and placards with historic information. The Devil's Kitchen trail is one and a half miles long and was used as a hiding spot for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War according to Mostateparks.com. The Fire Tower Trail is the longest in the park at three and a half miles. It is also the most rugged and requires navigation through mountain terrain. There are several other trails in the park that are either dedicated nature trails or historic trails. All of the hikes in the park can be found through the maps found at the ranger station.
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