Blowing Springs Trails is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bella Vista, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This is the North Upper Trail and the North Lower Trail loop from the Kingsland Spur.
Pretty trail but you can hear traffic and see a bunch of houses.
Nice short hike
This is a nice trail near a Bella Vista residential area. I have hiked it twice. It is very quiet and has very little traffic. I like this trail as an alternative to Hobbs, when I don't have time for a longer drive. The trail is marked every quarter mile. If you keep walking straight and follow the path, you won't go off the trail.
Overall a good trail. Lots of nice canopy. Nearly half the time, you're too close to roads, a home, and an RV park. Other half is beautiful.
I never did locate the actual trailhead for Blowing Springs. Instead, I came across an access point for the Back 40 trail, which, lucky for me, eventually joined up with the Blowing Springs trail. These trails are haphazardly marked and, as is typical with heavily-mountain-biked areas, have lots of little, un-official spurs and branches. It's a bit frustrating, but a pleasant walk nonetheless, provided you don't mind wandering a bit. We ended up a bit off on the way back, and ended up using the "where's my car?" feature of my driving app! Came out a few blocks from where we'd started on a residential side street, no big deal.
The trail map, available from a city-sponsored trails site, is almost laughably useless.
The lower trail, which runs along the bottom of the bluff line, and along the spring for a while, is really lovely. If you can manage to very carefully plan this out, and then also stay on your desired trail, this would an excellent hike.
Only 3 stars due to poor trail markings. Many times there are two different directions a person could go. I would suggest color coding them but who am I. Haha.
Very pretty trail. We crossed paths with four deer halfway through. Lovely time.
Even though it's predominantly a bike trail, it's definitely an enjoyable hike. The trails are completely shaded, so it's a good choice on a hot day. Lots of interesting rock formations, several small caves and decent elevation changes keep it interesting. Only saw three other people. The trail is well maintained. Hiked 5 mi and didn't see one piece of trash.
Covered South Lower Trail and Cooper Spur... okay okay trails... Cooper Spur has stone stair case and rock formations. I would love to go back for the North Upper trail though.