Best Trails of Arkansas

This list represents the most popular trails in Arkansas. Use this list to plan your next Arkansas outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Eagle Rock Loop


This is the longest loop trail in the state of Arkansas. The Eagle Rock Loop Trail is very popular with out-of-state hikers as well as native Arkansans. The loop is a combination of parts of the Littl…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Glenwood, AR - Hiking - 26.8 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in ar - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Buffalo River Trail (Western Section)


The trail runs roughly parallel to the Buffalo River through wilderness areas and along multicolored palisades. The trail leaves the parking area, crosses AR 21 and Smith Creek, and starts meandering…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Clarksville, AR - Hiking - 36.5 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Devil's Den State Park


Devil's Den State Park is mountain bike heaven. The park management enthusiastically supports the sport of mountain biking, and most trails in the park are open to cycling. The two loops most used by…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
West Fork, AR - Mountain Biking - 3 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view allBestMountain Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Butterfield Trail


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 Par…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Winslow, AR - Hiking - 14.5 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Ozark Highlands Trail


This scenic wilderness trail traverses the Ozark National Forest and ends at the Buffalo National River. Established by a presidential proclamation in 1908, the Ozark National Forest covers 1,055,000…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Alma, AR - Hiking - 152 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#6. Tyler Bend


This picturesque campground is nestled in Tyler Bend of the Buffalo National River. If the Army Corps of Engineers had had its way, Tyler Bend would be under water. Just downstream is the site of a pr…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks"
Harrison, AR - Campgrounds Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#7. Mill Creek ATV Trails


The Mill Creek ATV Trails meander up, over, and through some of the most remote and scenic areas of the Ozark National Forest. This 42-mile trail system consists of a main loop of 27 miles interlaced…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
Cass, AR - Mountain Biking - 42 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Lost Valley Trail


This scenic trail along Clark Creek features caves and waterfalls. Flashlights are necessary for exploring Eden Falls Cave. The trail crosses a wooden bridge over Clark Creek, passing an amphitheater…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Osage, AR - Hiking - 2.1 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#9. North Sylamore Trail


This trail follows the pristine waters of North Sylamore Creek and passes through a wide variety of scenery, from creek bottoms to mighty bluffs. Follow the fence until it ends and then turn left an…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Mountain View, AR - Hiking - 15 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#10. Wolf Pen Gap Trail


The Wolf Pen Gap Trail is a 41-mile network of trails developed and maintained for mountain bikes and off-road vehicles. It is a mix of short sections of gravel road, abandoned double-tracks, and newl…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
Mena, AR - Mountain Biking - 41 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#11. Camp Robinson Trails


This is great place to ride for cyclists of all skill levels. Climbs are short, and most grades are easy. Just lots of hard-packed single-track, twisting and turning through the lush woods that carpet…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
Little Rock, AR - Mountain Biking - 35 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Caddo Bend Trail


This trail parallels the shoreline of a peninsula extending into beautiful Lake Ouachita. This is one of the most pleasant hikes you are likely to experience. Views of the lake are consistently beauti…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Hot Springs, AR - Hiking - 4.5 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#13. Little Blakely Trail


This 18-mile trail network consists of five loops of varying difficulties. It uses a combination of old forest roads and newly constructed single-track to explore a wooded peninsula extending into Lak…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
Hot Springs, AR - Mountain Biking - 18 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#14. Little Missouri River: Albert Pike Campground to US 70 Bridge


The Little Missouri River begins in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area and flows southeast to Greeson Lake. The river cuts through the Ouachita Mountains, creating the spectacular Little Missour…
From the guidebook "A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks"
Langley, AR - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - 20 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view allBestWhitewater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#15. Womble Trail


The Womble Trail, a 37-mile point-to-point with an 8 mile loop at its northeastern terminus, is one of the best single-track trails. The designers did a superb job here. Switchbacks are used to keep g…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Ozarks"
Story, AR - Mountain Biking - 37 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#16. Little Missouri Trail


This trail winds along a portion of the Little Missouri River, with outstanding views of waterfalls, wildlife, and hardwood and old-growth pine trees. The Albert Pike Recreation Area, located about 45…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Salem, AR - Hiking - 11.9 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#17. Ozark


Ozark doesn’t have the grand bluffs found at Steel Creek, but this peaceful riverside hideaway is a comfortable place to relax. Its campsites form a ring around a grassy meadow next to the Buffalo Riv…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: Missouri and the Ozarks"
Harrison, AR - Campgrounds Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#18. Mount Magazine - Cove Lake Trail System


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 pris…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Paris, AR - Hiking - 17.7 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#19. Cedar Falls Trail


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Oppelo, AR - Hiking - 2.75 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#20. Lake Sylvia Trail Complex


This series of trails includes a section of the Ouachita Trail, a spur to a spectacular overlook, an interpretive loop, and an easy lakeshore path. Located in the northeast corner of the Ouachita Nati…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Perryville, AR - Hiking - 9.7 miles Best Trail in ar - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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