Best Hiking in Arkansas

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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. 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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#4. 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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#5. 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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#6. 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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#7. 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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#8. 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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#9. 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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#10. 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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#11. 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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#12. Athens - Big Fork Trail


This former mail route features spectacular panoramic views of the Ouachita Mountains. A mystical cave, located 35 feet below the trail on the south side of Brushy Mountain, adds to the hiker’s experi…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Glenwood, AR - Hiking - 10.1 miles
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#13. Magazine Mountain - Arkansas Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 34th. The high point of Magazine Mountain is called Signal Hill, so watch for signs for either name. The summit is a lovely spot in the cool of the woods.…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Paris, AR - Hiking - 0.5 mile
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#14. Ouachita Trail


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 challe…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Mena, AR - Hiking - 224 miles
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#15. Rim Trail


This trail encircles the top of Mt. Nebo and offers some splendid views of the surrounding countryside. Marked with yellow paint splashes on the trees, this trail goes completely around the top of Mt.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Dardanelle, AR - Hiking - 3.3 miles
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#16. The Grand Promenade and Side Trails


The Grand Promenade is a brick walkway that runs parallel to Central Avenue’s historic Bathhouse Row and connects to other trails traversing Hot Springs Mountain. A sign at the trailhead provides back…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Hot Springs, AR - Hiking - 1.2 miles
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#17. Seven Hollows Trail


This rugged trail winds through four hollows and affords a close look at interesting geological formations, such as sandstone bluffs, dramatic overhangs, and rock glades. Seven Hollows is a misnomer,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Oppelo, AR - Hiking - 4.5 miles
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#18. Hunt's Loop Trail


This trail loops up along the ridge of Short Mountain and shares part of its path with the Ouachita Trail. The Jessieville Ranger District, together with its sister office, the Winona Ranger District,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Jessieville, AR - Hiking - 4.8 miles
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#19. Winding Stairs Trail


This trail follows the Little Missouri River, where swift water collides with sheer bluffs and huge rock formations to produce some of the most spectacular scenery in Arkansas. The Albert Pike Recreat…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Glenwood, AR - Hiking - 3.5 miles
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#20. War Eagle Trail


The trail follows War Eagle Creek through a lush forest, past a small cave, and to the top of a bluff. The trail runs along a forested bluffline and follows a canebrake that grows beside War Eagle Cre…
From the guidebook "Hiking Arkansas"
Huntsville, AR - Hiking - 2 miles
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