Rim Trail

Dardanelle, Arkansas 72834

Rim Trail

Rim Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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. Nebo and touches every other trail on the mountain. It starts down the steps behind the visitor center and turns right.

Rim Trail follows a bluffline, sometimes on top of it. At other times the bluff runs beside the trail like a wall. The first stretch of uphill hiking offers some nice views of Lake Dardanelle, especially in fall. At 0.75 mile the trail crosses AR 155, curves left, then right, and passes the turnoff to Varnall Springs Trail at 1.0 mile. A spur at 1.5 miles leads to a magnificent viewing spot at Sunrise Point."

Rim Trail Trip Reports

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Started at the visitor's center and headed right. I'd recommend this for most trail goers, as this is the more strenuous stretch, but it's more downhill this way, easier on the legs. There were fantastic overlooks every few hundred feet, starting with Lake Dardenelle, then the surrounding countryside, and finally, the adjacent mountains. The trail was difficult at times due to the rock formations being somewhat narrow, so watch your footing. Once you get to the area were the waterfall is, be wary of ticks. Not an abundance, but you will attract a couple.
The west side of the mountain is incredible, and I managed to snap two pictures of deer that managed to travel about 10 feet from me into a clearing. Toward the end of the hike, there are some amazing photo oppurtunities for any bird watchers or butterfly lovers, so have your camera ready.
It is strenuous to start, but levels off toward the west side of the mountain, so be sure to pack plenty of water. I haven't done a trail twice yet, but this one I would gladly do again in the very near future. It's everything you expect from Mt Magazine without the colassal let down.
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I just started hiking last Spring and have mainly stuck to trails 5 miles or less.The Rim Trail on Mt. Nebo was one that I'll do again, only this time from the other direction. I started behind the Visitor Center and headed left (West). The views of the valley and Lake Dardanelle were beautiful, even at this time of year.There were plenty of rocks to negotiate on the trail but I had my walking stick which helped me out tremendously.Would'nt walk any trail without it now.You have to be careful on the South and the East side of the mountain because of narrow trail and steep drop-offs, but if you pay attention to what you are doing, there shouldn't be a problem.I highly recommend this trail if you are in the area.

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Trail Information

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Mount Nebo State Park
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USGS Chickalah Mountain East
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