Butterfield Trail

Winslow, Arkansas

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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 Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas. Workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps built the major facilities there in the 1930s. Today the park can hold on to its bragging rights as one of Arkansas’s most beautiful areas, with its clear mountain streams, lush vegetation, and dramatic geological formations. A number of sight-seeing venues present themselves. Hop into the saddle and explore the countryside along 20 miles of horse trails. Don wading boots and hike Lee Creek Trail, Arkansas’s only designated creek trail. Take flashlight in hand and check out the caves on Devil’s Den Trail. At least six shorter trails attract day hikers, but we are going to describe Butterfield Trail, which is designed to be an overnight hike, although some people in good shape might do it in one day. It takes about eight to ten hours if you know what you’re doing.
Hiking Arkansas

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Hiking Arkansas

by Janie & Wyatt Jones (Falcon Guides)

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 Boston Mountains of northwest Arkansas. Workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps built the major facilities there in the 1930s. Today the park can hold on to its bragging rights as one of Arkansas’s most beautiful areas, with its clear mountain streams, lush vegetation, and dramatic geological formations.

A number of sight-seeing venues present themselves. Hop into the saddle and explore the countryside along 20 miles of horse trails. Don wading boots and hike Lee Creek Trail, Arkansas’s only designated creek trail. Take flashlight in hand and check out the caves on Devil’s Den Trail. At least six shorter trails attract day hikers, but we are going to describe Butterfield Trail, which is designed to be an overnight hike, although some people in good shape might do it in one day. It takes about eight to ten hours if you know what you’re doing.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Winslow
Distance: 14.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Devil's Den State Park
Local Maps: USGS Strickler, Rudy NE
Driving Directions: Directions to Butterfield Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/27/2011
0

A great loop trail. BUT there doesn't appear to have been any trail maintanence in the past three years. There are a number of fallen large trees and limb that you have to detour around


9/25/2010
1

We recently hit the Butterfield and had a great time. This is a trail best done in the early thru late fall season. The bugs were minimal, water was plentiful, and the trail was in great shape. Mile 5 (on top of and below the ridge) and mile 7 thru 8 are great places to camp. Traveling clockwise is definitly the easier way to do this trail, but be prepared for some steep declines between 13 and 14, followed by quite a bit of up and down between 14 and 15. You will not be disappointed by the views, especially the closer you get to leaf-off season.


9/19/2009
0

Very nice park with great facilities. Hiked Butterfield trail in 2 days. Well maintained for the most part. One section hasd quite a bit of dead fall trees frm ice storm last year. lots of hills and a little climbing required. Several sections were very rocky. Water was not a problem due to rescent rains, but could be pretty dry in the summer months. Total trip was close to 18 miles with side trips to over looks.


3/20/2009
3

Great trail! Plenty of terrain variations to keep it interesting and had good campsites. We hiked it clockwise, starting at Campsite A in Devil's Den and stayed the night at Junction Camp before hiking the rest of the loop on next day. According to my GPS the total hike was 16.9 mi. I did it with three kids ages 12, 12, 10. We averaged almost 2 mph on both days, with day 2 definitely being easier trailwise. Moderate difficulty with plenty of easier stretches of trail.


11/14/2008
0


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