Eagle Rock Loop

Glenwood, Arkansas 71943

Eagle Rock Loop

Eagle Rock Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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 Little Missouri, Viles Branch Equestrian, and Athens–Big Fork Trails. The southern section of the Little Missouri Trail is known as Winding Stairs. Because Winding Stairs is so distinctive, we describe it as a trail unto itself.

The Eagle Rock Loop includes all but 0.7 mile of the south end of Winding Stairs and also encompasses 3.5 miles of the Viles Branch Equestrian Trail and most of the Athens–Big Fork Trail except the northern mile and the southern mile. The Eagle Rock Loop Trail, which crosses the Little Missouri River nine times and goes over nine mountains, allows you to go out and have a backpacking experience and never have to go over the same ground twice. You can leave a vehicle at one access point and hike back to it."

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7/11/2018
This trail has it all: leafy green forests, waterfalls, creeks, rivers, and scenic, rocky bluffs. If you do the whole trail prepare to get wet as there's a crossing over the Little Missouri River. This is not an easy trail so best for more experienced hikers who can handle the steep areas and water crossings.
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6/9/2018
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5/29/2018
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3/23/2017
This is a truly excellent trail, made better and less crowded since the closing of the Albert Pike campground. I try to do this hike every year, so I have gone in both directions several times. You have to enjoy fording the Little Missouri River four times, and sometimes the smaller creeks are wet crossings also. The six ridges on the Athens-Big Fork part of the loop afford nice views and short, steep ups and downs. A typical hiking schedule is to start in the afternoon of the day one, so you will camp twice and be back where you started by noon on day three.
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6/21/2016
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5/13/2010
This trail was close to the college my daughter is attending so we decided to backpack prior to heading home. Very enjoyable hike. 3 days and two nights to complete going clockwise starting at the Albert Pike rec area. Second day was the hardest through the mountains. The 3rd day was pretty much all down hill. Water accessable throughout the whole trip. All the creeks were flowing pretty good, especially after intense storms we encountered on the second night. Be sure to take a cheap pair of water shoes, you will need these for for the numerous water crossings. Mosquitos were not a problem. However, plenty of ticks. Scenery was great, plenty of places to swim and enjoy the water. Only passed 9 hikers in 3 days, and not one single person was at the little Missouri river falls area! Might make this a yearly event until she finishes college.
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11/20/2009
Great hike, perfect weather 40 deg, water shoes and pole a must have. 3 nights 3 1/2 days. A must hike for the South.
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10/10/2009
Overall this is a very good trail. The climbs are pretty steep but very short in duration. There had been a lot of rain in the area the previous couple of weeks, so the Little Missouri as well as the creeks were running very high. It got old taking off the boots for just about every water crossing, but very few creeks were crossable with your boots on if you wanted to keep them dry. We did not see very many other hikers and never had trouble finding a good camping location. Also as a plus, we did not encounter any ticks or mosquitoes. Overall it was a fun trip and we did it in 3 days which gave us plenty of time to enjoy the trail and each campsite.
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10/1/2009
A great hike, but probably not for real beginners or those with arachnophobia. We did it in 2.5 days, going at a pretty quick pace. But to really enjoy it, go ahead and plan an extra day and take the time to take a dip, enjoy the scenery, and hang out at the falls for a while. A couple of the climbs can really wear you out if you're not used to it. There are plenty of camp sites along the way, and the locals we came across were super friendly. The only disappointment was that we didn't see many critters, outside of millions of spiders and one very scared squirrel.
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5/19/2008
Started about 5:30pm in mid-May. Forest was very lush and everything was very green and wet. Wear DEET!! There are lots of mosquitoes and tics everywhere and you will get eaten up if you don't protect with bug repellent. The weather was perfect, around 75 deg F with night temperatures around 55. There are a lot of raccoons that are pretty aggressive at most of the campsites, so be sure to bag your smellables and rope them up in a tree off the ground. Be sure to take a swim in some of the many pools along the trail. The water is very clean and refreshing after a long couple of miles. There are many river crossings that you will probably have to take your boots off for. We hiked at a pretty fast pace and it took us two full days. I would recommend three.
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Trail Information

Glenwood
Nearby City
26.8
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Albert Pike Recreation Area
Local Contacts
USGS Athens, Big Fork
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018