Butterfield Hiking Trail

Arkansas 72714

Distance3.8mi
Elevation Gain1,571ft
Trailhead Elevation1,639ft
Top1,775ft
Elevation Min/Max954/1775ft
Elevation Start/End1639/1639ft

Butterfield Hiking Trail

Butterfield Hiking Trail is a hiking trail in Crawford County and Washington County, Arkansas. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 1,639 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,571 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Along the trail there are a forest and a cliff. Near the end of the trail are a picnic site and a camp site.

Butterfield Hiking Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Butterfield Hiking Trail Reviews

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2/27/2011
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
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9/25/2010
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.
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9/19/2009
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.
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3/20/2009
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.
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11/14/2008
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1/29/2007
Very Nice trail. Not clearly marked in few places but toher then that it is a very nice overnighter. If you camp at campsite 1, then get further into the pinetrees where the wind isnt coming off of blackburn creek. OTher then that its full of geological features and grewat views. FYI- If you go after a rain you can see some really cool waterfalls
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7/1/2006
Nice geologic structures throughout the trail to view, and even a spot off the vista bluff with a couple deep crevices to enter and explore (bring a good flashlight!). Trail is marked clearly, but some of the mile markers have been knocked down by ATV use, so it can become tricky to guage exactly how far you''ve gone. DO NOT go overnight during the peak months of summer, unless you are willing to carry an abundant supply of water with you- none wil be found in the creeks! Both camps are nice, although the larger swimming holes can be found at the Junction. We preferred doing the trail clockwise to avoid a lengthy climb at beginning of hike, and were very happy with our decision at the end! This hike would be best after spring/fall rainfall to experience the waterfalls, and flowing creeks. Also, A.R. humidity was high and temp.''s were intense, so hiking was more easily done before 8AM and after 6PM. I can''t wait to go back when the weather becomes a little friendlier! The Ozarks are beautiful, and this trail is a good moderate hike!
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4/22/2006
My son and I spent one night as we backpacked this 15 mile trail. It is in good shape amd well-marked although someone has pulled several mileage markers from the ground and left them laying across the trail. Poisen ivy is thick around the trail but bugs were minimal this early in the year. Great wildlife and great scenery. The staff was very accomadating and friendly. We had a great time and indend to hike it again.
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9/17/2005
Six of us hiked the Butterfield this weekend, the trail is well marked but poorly maintained.the scenic overlooks were not as good as we expected,this area is currently going through a dry spell and water was not readily available at nearly all of locations indicated on the map including the junction camp area which is at a major confluence of the two biggest creeks,what little water we found were pools in the creek beds so keep your eye on the weather and if need be take plenty of water. This would be a far more attractive hike is the creeks were flowing but we chose our date and took our chances
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2/17/2004
Good choice for a dayhike if you like to go fast. If you do want to take it in one day, get a ride up the hill with an employee to cut out a couple miles. Highlights of this trail are Quail Valley, the streams (especially Lee Creek just before getting back to the trailhead), and the 'waterfall' that the trail cuts through. The best campground is the one 1/4-mile off the main trail, at the confluence of the two decent-sized creeks. If you're going the recommended direction, just before reaching the final descent (a LONG steep hill), you can go straight to get an overview of the state park, and can even see the dam. This side-trail is obviously used by horses, even more so than the rest of the trail. The steep hill down can be hard on the knees; some people may want to reverse direction to avoid this stress at the end of the hike. The rolling walk back along a scenic stretch of Lee Creek is one of my favorite parts of the entire hike, second only to Quail Valley. The hike is a great one for families.
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Trail Information

Devil's Den State Park
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USGS Strickler, Rudy NE
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