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Devil's Den State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Devil's Den State Park is mountain bike heaven. The park management enthusiastically supports the sport of mountain biking, and most trails in the park are open to cycling. The two loops most used by mountain bikers are the Fossil Flats Trail, an easy three-mile loop that is excellent for beginners, and the Holt Road Loop, a ten-mile double-track over rocky terrain. Trails in the park meander along the rock-lined creek, follow the ridges above the stream, and climb or descend the steep hills between the creek's tributaries and the ridges that rise above them. These trails are located 26 miles south of Fayetteville."
--Steve Henry, Mountain Bike! Ozarks (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is a great trail. There is a section on fossil flats that isn't shown on the website called Racer's Hill. I highly recommend that you take this. It has a bit of a climb at the beginning but the rest of it is amazing.
The trails at Devil's Den are an easy hike, but leave the trails a bit and there are plenty of steep hillsides and rocky ledges to explore. The caves and crevasses were fun and not very difficult. Yellow Rock Trail had a beautiful view over the canyon.
I'm not exactly sure what trails the previous reviewers are talking about, but to me, Devil's Den has a tremendous variety for hikers of all experience levels. I've done the Butterfield Hiking Loop twice - a 15-mile loop that takes you around some of the more scenic aspects of the park and the nearby national forest. It's a great little hike, especially for newcomers to backcountry camping. Several nice vistas, a few limited water crossings, a neat little climb through a dry waterfall, some established campsites near two creeks, and some really great outcroppings of rock are the highlights, and it can be done with relative ease on an overnight. I would assume that the trail would get busy in the spring and summer; but in the fall and winter, the two times I hiked, we didn't run into too many other hikers or horsemen.
The Butterfield isn't the only trail, either. The area is full of little side trails and 4-wheel drive roads, enough to provide a certain level of privacy/isolation that you're looking for.
All told, a great little state park.
Devil's Den is more like an amusement park than an outdoor recreation area. The primitive camping area A is pitiful with camp sites stacked one upon another and pepsi machines lighting the night sky. The remote area is better but you have to cross the creek and hike about 1/4 mile to gain access. With regard to Mt. Biking, the area is also subpar. We were told by the rangers at the main visitor's faciity that all trails were unequivacly bad with the exception of Fossil Ridge. We road this trail and it was porr at best - very little elevation chane and tons od loose large rocks. We stayed one night and left the next day.
Great trail in northern arkansas. Scenery is amazing. After big rains the trail can get pretty washed up with some big rocks and make it a little uncomfortable. If you gonna ride this trail, make sure you ride it all (to Racer's Hill) You wont regret it! One of my favorite trails in this area.....
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