Bench Road Trail

Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834

Bench Road Trail

Bench Road Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trail around the lofty heights of Mt. Nebo features huge sandstone boulders. Bench Road Trail follows an old roadbed that circles around the mountain just below Rim Trail.

The trees of the forest are mostly hardwood; in spring and summer they shade the trail with a full, green canopy. Initially the trail is fairly level, but it soon begins to seesaw up and down. It features gray sandstone boulders that in some instances are 15 to 20 feet thick."

Bench Road Trail Trip Reports

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My second trip to Mt. Nebo State Park. The trail was wide, obviously made for mountain bikes. Not alot of elevation changes one way or another. The width makes good for group hiking though, not forcing everyone to walk single file. My trail partner and I did the entire encirclement. Not a great challenge other than getting up and down the mountain, but if your not up for the climb, don't start at the visitor's center.
The wildlife didn't overwhelm, but did catch a glimpse of a deer. All and all, just an enjoyable hike through the wods with an abundant canopy.
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This trail is very runnable! It is only 4 miles if you do the complete exterior of the trail including a little loop off to the left down in the camping area. We race this in mid December and times are fast. Men are doing it in the 20s and ladies in the low 30s. I ran it in 32 minutes year before last. The last mile is downhill and rolling. The third mile is so slow you just wanna be finished. Beautiful water falls rolls when it rains otherwise she stays dry. Also avoid the sweet gum balls less you want to twist an ankle. Here is a link to trail results race happens here that encompasses the road on top and the bench as well for about 14 miles of running. It's in August. Here's some old results from that

Bench Road Trail Photos

Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Mount Nebo State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Chickalah Mountain East
Local Maps

Trail Log