Bufflehead Bay Trail is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roland, AR that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Lake Maumelle is a major water source for the Little Rock area. Central Arkansas Water owns the lake. This little-known trail is a short, easy, out-and-back trail of about 1.4 miles (0.7-miles each way). The trail is asphalt for the first 0.2 miles and offers views of the Jolly Roger's Marina, wildflowers, and birding opportunities. At the end of the asphalt path, the trail continues another 0.5-miles to a peninsula offering great views across Lake Maumelle. The Audubon Society of Central Arkansas has built an observation deck at the end of the trail for bird observing.
This is a nice trail to take young kids on. We saw several types of water birds. The highlight was getting a flyover from an eagle!
Solitude is the norm on this little trail. There is a nice parking area at the trailhead just off of Hwy 10. The first 0.2-miles of trail is paved and seems a bit unkept and unused. This trail has apparently been there for quite a while. I don't know if the wildflowers were planted, or if they grew naturally, but the paved path has tons of impressive wildflowers on both sides of the wide path. At the end of the paved path, the path continues another 0.3-miles to an observation deck at a point on the lake. Signage at the deck indicates that deck was built by the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas.
I've never seen anyone else on this trail. So if you are looking for solitude, this is a nice little trail. And there is much potential for the trail to be continued along the lakeside.