Arkansas State Parks Trails

To find trails in Arkansas state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Lee Creek: Devil's Den State Park to AR 59 :: Van Buren, AR

Lee Creek begins just south of West Fork, Arkansas, and flows southwest to the Arkansas River near Van Buren, Arkansas. Along the way, the tributaries of Blackburn Creek, Fall Creek, Cove Creek, and Mountain Fork Creek add to the flow of Lee Creek. L

Roaring River State Park: Fire Tower, Deer Leap, Devil’s Kitchen, and River Trails :: Russellville, AR

This hike combines parts of the Fire Tower, Deer Leap, Devil’s Kitchen, and River Trails. These are great stand-alone trails, but they combine to give us a nice length and a chance to see a variety of features. You’ll see Roaring Spring, the state’

Mount Magazine State Park: Ridge and High Point Loops :: Russellville, AR

Mount Magazine boasts the highest elevation in Arkansas with temperatures as much as 10–15ºF cooler than surrounding areas. Mount Magazine State Park is home to Arkansas’s Butter?y Festival each June, and the mountain is known for the variety of butt

Petit Jean State Park: Cedar Falls Trail :: Russellville, AR

See Cedar Falls, one of Arkansas’s best-known waterfalls, estimated to be 95 feet tall. Hike along beautiful Cedar Creek en route to the falls on this nationally recognized trail located in Arkansas’s first state park, established in 1923.

Petit Jean State Park: Seven Hollows Trail :: Russellville, AR

Hike through a diversity of environments and geological features on this hike. You’ll visit lush and thick forest floors within four of the area’s seven hollows. You’ll cross ridges between the hollows that feature turtle rocks and nearly deser

Hobbs State Park: Pigeon Roost Loop :: Rogers, AR

Pigeon Roost Trail is a delight to walk. Your feet, and lungs, will thank you. The tread and drainage throughout this trail are excellent. The hills are few and gradual. Tim Ernst, an Arkansas trail advocate, writer, and professional photographer, bu

Devil’s Den State Park: Yellow Rock Trail :: Fort Smith, AR

This popular trail takes you to a beautiful bluff (Yellow Rock) overlooking the Lee Creek drainage. The trail will also take you to an overlook built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The views and the stone structures are high

Lake Fort Smith State Park: Shepherd Springs Loop :: Fort Smith, AR

Here’s a new loop trail the whole family will enjoy. This trail was completed in the spring of 2013 and follows a portion of the Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT), 200-plus miles long and growing. Don’t worry though. You’ll only be doing 5.3 miles on this

Petit Jean State Park: Seven Hollows Trail :: Morrilton, AR

The Seven Hollows Trail is one of many hiking gems in Petit Jean State Park. The loop trail travels in and out of a series of hollows and offers several highlights along the way. A natural bridge, a grotto, and large boulders that resemble turtle she

Petit Jean State Park: Cedar Falls Trail :: Morrilton, AR

The Cedar Falls Trail is the most popular trail in the park. The trail travels 200 vertical feet down into Cedar Creek Canyon and then follows Cedar Creek north to Cedar Falls. The falls cascade more than 90 feet to the canyon floor and are a perfe

Mount Nebo State Park: Bench Road Trail :: Dardanelle, AR

Located near Dardanelle, this interesting and easy day hike circles Mount Nebo State Park on a forested path that was once an old wagon road. A perfect choice for a lunch-break day hike, a short weekend stroll, or a quick escape from the city, this

Mount Magazine State Park: Highpoint Loop Trails :: Paris, AR

By connecting these four trails in Mount Magazine State Park, hikers have the opportunity to explore a large portion of Mount Magazine while knocking off a state highpoint at the same time. Signal Hill is Arkansas’s highest point at 2,753 feet above

Mount Magazine State Park: Bear Hollow Trail :: Paris, AR

The Bear Hollow Trail is a 5.6-mile out-and-back hike that travels along the upper rim of Bear Hollow. Considered some of the best scenery in the park, the Bear Hollow Trail offers access to Sunrise Rock and Inspiration Point. Both are popular places

Hobbs State Park: Bashore Ridge Loop Trail :: Rogers, AR

This 4.3-mile lollipop hike is an easy stroll along Hobbs State Park’s multiuse trail. The hike along Bashore Ridge will take hikers to a scenic overlook of Blackburn Creek, a large inlet that connects to the much larger Beaver Lake. Watch for othe

Hobbs State Park: Pigeon Roost Trail :: Rogers, AR

This day hike or beginner-level overnight backpacking trail offers some great views of the northern Arkansas Ozarks. Hobbs State Park, like other Arkansas state parks, does an amazing job maintaining their trails and backcountry campsites. Hikers a

Ozark Highlands Trail: Lake Fort Smith State Park to Frog Bayou :: Mountainburg, AR

Discover the Ozarks on the still-developing Ozark Highlands Trail. This hike begins at the western terminus of the trail at Lake Fort Smith State Park. The trail follows along a beautiful section of Lake Fort Smith and offers hikers several opportuni

Devil’s Den State Park: Devil’s Den Trail :: West Fork, AR

Highlights of this hike include several natural geological features that were left behind in an area once believed to have been a shallow ocean. Devil’s Den Cave, the Devil’s Icebox, a cold spring, and a beautiful set of waterfalls all highlight this

Devil’s Den State Park: Yellow Rock Trail :: West Fork, AR

Hike the Yellow Rock Trail in the fall for the best views that it can offer during prime fall foliage season. Don’t be fooled though: This 2.7-mile lollipop hike offers some great views year-round. Hikers who make their way to the Yellow Rock Overl

Ouchita Trail :: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, AR

Ouchita Trail is a hiking trail in Garland County, Pulaski County, Perry County, and Saline County, Arkansas. It is within Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Ouachita National Forest. It is 82.0 miles long and begins at 642 feet altitude. Traveling the

West Summit Trail :: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, AR

West Summit Trail is a hiking trail in Pulaski County, Arkansas. It is within Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 285 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 757 feet. Along t

Base Trail :: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, AR

Base Trail is a hiking trail in Pulaski County, Arkansas. It is within Pinnacle Mountain State Park. It is 407 feet long and begins at 280 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 9 feet.

Ouchita Trail :: Queen Wilhelmina State Park, AR

Ouchita Trail is a hiking trail in Arkansas and Oklahoma. It is within Ouachita National Forest and Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It is 61.1 miles long and begins at 791 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 122.8 miles with a total elevation g

Village Creek State Park Trail System :: Forrest City, AR

This is a series of individually named trails that are combined for a hike across forested ridges and ravines. Our description starts at the Austell trailhead near the visitor center, swings past Lake Austell, follows a portion of the historic Old Mi

Ouachita Trail :: Mena, AR

This long, tough trail offers the scenic grandeur of voluminous mountains, broad valleys, and clear-running streams. Elevations range from 600 to more than 2,600 feet. The trail is an excellent challenge for backpackers, but some sections are ideal f

Cedar Trail :: Powhatan, AR

This paved out-and-back trail runs along the Lake Charles shoreline. Lake Charles State Park is located in the northeastern Ozark foothills where, millions of years ago, the land was covered by a huge ocean. Limestone, formed from seashells and coral

Black River and Trappers Lake Trails :: Hoxie, AR

These trails make a consecutive loop through the park. Where one ends, the other begins. The route goes through woodlands and a historic town site, beside a river, and around a lake. Old Davidsonville State Park is centered around the site of what wa

Butterfield Trail :: Winslow, AR

This backpacking trail, which loops through Devil’s Den State Park and part of the Ozark National Forest, features scenic views, historic sites, waterfalls, and geologic benches. Devil’s Den State Park lies at the bottom of Lee Creek Valley in the

Cedar Falls Trail :: Oppelo, AR

This trail winds down into Cedar Creek Canyon and ends at one of Arkansas’s tallest and most beautiful waterfalls. Petit Jean State Park is located atop Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton. Spectacular panoramas of the Arkansas River and surrounding f

Eastern Ouachitas: Little Rock to Holla Bend, AR :: Perryville, AR

A 75-mile drive from Little Rock along the eastern edge of the Ouachita Mountains to the Arkansas River valley and Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge. The drive, which begins just west of Little Rock, is on the extreme eastern edge of the Ouachita M

Cossatot River: FR 31 to AR 278 :: Vandervoort, AR

The Cossatot River rises southeast of Mena, Arkansas, and is one of the most difficult whitewater streams in the state. The river originally flowed uninterrupted for 87 miles to its confluence with the Little River, but with the completion of Gillam

Beaver Lake-Van Winkle Hollow :: Rogers, AR

On a 31,000-acre reservoir with lake-front homes, speedboats, and water skiers, where might a paddler catch some peace? Try here, in Van Winkle Hollow, part of Hobbs State Park Conservation Area. No docks, no houses. Just low bluffs, flood-soaked tre

Mount Magazine - Cove Lake Trail System :: Paris, AR

This trail system starts near the tallest peak in Arkansas and winds down the mountain past old homestead sites, through virgin forests, along imposing blufflines, by mossy glades, and around the pristine waters of Cove Lake. The Mount Magazine–Cove

Beech Ridge Trail :: Bluff City, AR

This trail typifies the terrain of the Gulf Coastal Plain region, with bottomland, sandhills, and forest. White Oak Lake State Park, located in the Gulf Coastal Plain region of south Arkansas, presents a diversity of wild flora and fauna for visitor

Spring Branch Trail :: Bluff City, AR

This interpretative trail loops through a mixed pine and hardwood forest. White Oak Lake State Park, located in the Gulf Coastal Plain region of south Arkansas, presents a diversity of wild flora and fauna for visitors to study and enjoy. The Arkan

Spring Trail :: Mena, AR

This forest trail features silhouettes of animals, representing local wildlife. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is, perhaps, the most romantic hiking area in Arkansas—and not just because one of the trails is named Lover’s Leap. The park’s lofty, winds

Lover's Leap Trail :: Mena, AR

This is a ruggedly beautiful trail atop Rich Mountain, with superlative views of the Ouachita Mountains. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is, perhaps, the most romantic hiking area in Arkansas—and not just because one of the trails is named Lover’s Leap.

Magnesia Springs Trail :: McNeil, AR

This trail, which connects with the park’s other two trails, passes by historic Magnesia Springs, once well known for its therapeutic mineral waters. Around the turn of the twentieth century, refrains of old-timey gospel hymns rang out through the wo

Brushy Creek: CR 30 - to AR 246 :: Vandervoort, AR

Brushy Creek’s headwaters are near Smoke Rock Mountain south of AR 375 and just east of the Cossatot River watershed. Brushy Creek is a major tributary of the Cossatot and flows into that river just above the Brushy Creek Access in the Cossatot River

Talimena Scenic Drive: Mena to U.S. Highway 271, AR/OK :: Mena, AR

A 54-mile drive beginning at Mena, Arkansas, and winding along mountain ridges with spectacular views. Talimena Scenic Drive is perhaps the most impressively scenic of all the drives in both the Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains. This highway was int

Mount Magazine: Paris to Havana, AR :: Paris, AR

A 28-mile drive from Paris, to the top of Mount Magazine, and down to Havana. Mount Magazine, at 2,753 feet above sea level, is the highest point in the Midwest. Only the Appalachians to the east, the Rockies to the west, and mountains in western Tex

Two Mountains: Mountain Home to Mountain View, AR :: Calico Rock, AR

A 59-mile drive starting at Mountain Home, traveling south to the scenic river hills of the White River, and ending at Mountain View. This area of the eastern Arkansas Ozarks has a lower elevation than its western counterpart. The White River and its

Pinnacle Mountain Loop :: Roland, AR

This is a challenging hike up to the rocky apex of Pinnacle Mountain, which sits high above the Arkansas River. The loop consists of the East and West Summit Trails and Base Trail. Pinnacle Mountain, rising 1,011 feet above sea level, is a well-kno

Knapp Trail :: Little Rock, AR

This trail provides a short, brisk hike if you have only a half hour or so and still want to see the highlights of Toltec Mounds Archaeological State Park, namely Mounds A, B, and C. Amid the soybean fields of the Mississippi Delta lie the remnants o

Spring Branch Trail :: McNeil, AR

This is a self-guided trail along Spring Branch Creek and over low rolling hills of the Gulf Coastal Plain. Around the turn of the twentieth century, refrains of old-timey gospel hymns rang out through the woods of what is now Logoly State Park. Evan

Coastal Plain Trail :: Bluff City, AR

This trail meanders through a pine and hardwood forest and along the bank of White Oak Lake. The trail, blazed in blue, starts off on level ground that is thickly covered with pine cones. The most common southern pine is the loblolly, which can rea