Lost Bridge Trail is a 4.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Garfield, AR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Rogers, AR, take 62 E to Garfield. Turn left at 127 E, stay to the left about 7 miles. Follow the signs to Lost Bridge Park North. Trailhead parking is on the right after the entrance.
Pleasant trail, well-traveled and not at all arduous. There are lovely views of the lake, a spring, caves and bluffs, and the much-photographed homestead. Rather than hike the entire loop, we took a shortcut back described in Tim Ernst's book, making the trip closer to 4 miles. Sometimes the shortcut includes a waterfall, but not at this time of year.
Note that it's $5 to enter the park area, honor system on Sundays.
Awesome trail with some prehistoric Indian bluf shelters and some other historic sites. Not sure when this trail was last updated but I clocked it with my Under Armor MapMyRun app at 6.18 from trailhead back to trailhead.
Lots of trees down over the trail. Some areas were eroded as well by the lake. Overall was a great hike and challenging to this new hiker.
Was a beast....lost of downed timber over trail, washed away in some areas.
Great little lakeside trail. Well marked with some primitive campsites, and cool features like a homestead farm and cave dwellings. Perfect for a trail run.
Such an awesome trail!! Some really great minimalist camping sites!
Same trail as the "Lost Bridge Loop". Great trail for a short afternoon hike with some things to see along the way like an old home place and a small cave.
Only complaint is there are several large trees across the trail and the area by the marina is pretty trashy with styrofoam that has washed up from old boat docks.
It was a moderate hike. A lot of cool rock formations and a pretty lake. It is a good afternoon hike.
It is a very easy trail and would be a good starter trail for beginner hikers. It has a couple of nice overlooks and has some cool history on the trail for you to see. The trail is very easy to follow and is a lot of fun.
Good even well marked trail. It was scenic and fairly level. Did have one large incline with switchbacks.
A good and scenic trail. Pretty easy walking for most of trail but does have one large incline with switchbacks. It was very well marked and easy to follow. It was a bit muddy in some areas
I rode this trail mid March 2014. For biking, this is a technical a difficult terrain for riding. I was relieved when the ride was over. No bugs of any kind as some of the other reviewers bring up, and the trail was pretty easy to maintain. But too many crevices and turns that required me to walk the bike and then re clip back on. And that first mile!! I crashed several times in the begining but then it levels out and then the mid point has you climbing the hill with your bike. Great for training with a tri bike, but not a fast ride by any means. The water is beautiful as ever and the pond and historical house remains are cool breaks.
In December, there are no gnats on this trail, but it's covered in leaves and can be hard to decipher if you're going the right way or not. My husband and I ran the trail, I think hiking would allow more time to make sure you're going the right way. The leaves hide the late rocks you're going over, so be aware of your ankles. Also, when driving to the location, make sure and head left towards NORTH lost bridge. Beautiful views and a very interesting chimney from an old cabin.
This trail was really pretty with a lot of neat features, especially the amazing views of Beaver Lake, but was almost too buggy to really enjoy. A swarm of gnats followed us the whole way and we literally could not stop swatting our faces for even 20 seconds. After over 2 hours we decided to take a shortcut when the trail crossed over the road and walked back to the parking lot which was still a pretty good walk (almost a mile maybe?) but at least it was a gnat free walk! We definitely should have saved this trail for early spring or later in the Fall. I blogged about our hike here: http://www.adventuresintheozarks.com/2013/09/lost-bridge-trail-at-beaver-lake-in.html
The directions will take you as far as the Garfield General Store. At that point, turn on to AR 127 and follow it for 6 miles. The park will be on your left. There's a $4 fee to hike and camping is $18.
Very buggy indeed! Nice trail and a pretty hike, but a cloud of nats followed me every step of the way. Worse yet, the morning after my ankles are all bitten up and itchy. Save this hike for early spring after the first freeze!
I'm a local so I hike this trail for exercise all the time. You do have to be careful to follow trail markers because lots of people miss and make side trails to nowhere. The hike is 7 miles if you make the whole loop (crosses the street twice). Great trail run with lots of shade, but very buggy in the summer! Dog friendly and kid friendly!
We hiked the trail in an hour and a half. Saw a massive king snake. Heavily wooded in areas. Stunningly gorgeous in parts. If you are a afraid of insects do not hike this trail in the summer. I will hike this again in the fall. Well marked and fun to run.