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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