At 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest mountain, rising dramatically above the broad valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Graced with timeless natural beauty, this plateaua remnant of an ancient sea floorruns east to west stretching six miles long and up to a mile across. Rugged, isolated, and rich in natural resources including rare and endangered species, Mount Magazine has long lured explorers, adventurers, scientists, naturalists, and vacationers.
My girlfriend and I hiked this trail a few weeks back. Was quite surprised of how badly the trail was grown up, I would have figured it being such a popular destination that it would have been better taken care of. Otherwise for the larger part it was a great hike with some really nice views. Would definitely hike it again.
The trail starts at the visitor's center, and looks a bit like an overgrown arboretum, but in a good way. the trail path is pretty clear and isn't marked until you cross another trail. Loved the views, moderate hike as some of it is uphill, lots of bees around the flowers.
A nice hike in the early morning fog. With the recent control burn it was still beautiful, even if it did look like the headless horseman might ride thru anytime. Fog stayed till noon which made it a different trail just by you not getting to see down below
This trail was a little too easy and monotonous for us. It was certainly less-traveled, you could tell, because there was long grass growing on the trail the whole way through. There is green ground cover in all directions, and the trees don't seem to have a lot of diversity. Also, we took this trail after having taken the North Rim Trail, hoping it would afford us views off the southern side of the mountain, as the North Rim Trail had. Nope. Just dark, monotonous forest. It'd be a cool place to take a lot of pictures, though... and we did walk through an area that seemed to have a high butterfly concentration. I'm not a trail runner, but I'm a hiker and a runner, and I'd bet this would be a great one to get started with trail running on, because I didn't notice a lot of opportunities for twisted ankles, and the trail was easy to see ahead on.
My husband and I came to Mount Magazine from Houston in search of a high-peaked mountain. The Signal Hill Trail gets you to the highest point, but because it's still fairly low in elevation at the top (2,753ft.), there's no timberline and therefore no grand view from the top. The North Rim Trail provides this in spades; there are two or three great spots to look out over the edge and see all of the northern valley.
There were a couple mild creek crossings, clearly kept up by the state park staff. There are also a couple mild ups-and-downs, but nothing that would keep beginner/intermediate hikers from enjoying themselves. I think the wildest of the terrain was the occasional rocky bit, which could be rough for those with ankle issues and no proper ankle-supporting hiking boots. We also saw trail runners.
We had a great time up there. We got rained on twice, though that wasn't unpleasant. We started by the Visitor Center, moved down the trail, and then took the jaunt over to the Mossback Ridge Trail; though, when we got to the road crossing, we just walked up the road to the Signal Hill Trail (maybe 0.25 miles up the road). After hiking up Signal Hill, we also enjoyed a beer at the Lodge and then took the Mossback Ridge trail back to the Visitor Center. The whole thing (including the lodge) took about five hours.
Good trail. The views from the Rim Trail blow away the view from the pinnacle. Very well marked, easily traversable. It's a great starter for the rest of the trail system. This was the second time I made this trip, and I plan on heading back in the near future.
Beautiful trail, not only because of the views from the rim, but also the wildflowers that were blooming all along the trail. Creeks were full and flowing nicely, even spotted the tiniest fawn I have ever seen in the wild that was hiding under some underbrush about 8 feet from me. I ended up walking through the campground (to see check it out), and connecting up with the Signal Hill trail, and then connecting to the Mossback and Greenfield to get back to the Visitor's Center, which added up to around 6.2 miles, according to their map. It was a really beautiful loop around the mountain, and ended up at the lodge on the patio for a quick snack before heading home. They allowed my dog to come through the lobby and rest on the patio with me, which is really nice! I highly recommend this hike! Oh, and the best part - it was 72 degrees at the bottom of the mountain, but hovered around 58-60 at the top - very nice temp for hiking!