Pigeon Roost Trail is a 8.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rogers, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, 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
The trail is a double stacked-loop trail; there is a short loop of approximately 4 miles for day hiking and a longer loop of 8.5 miles for overnight use. Primitive camping is allowed on the longer loop at five designated campsites only. Pigeon Roost Trail is in a figure eight shape that is made up by two loops, Dry Creek Loop 4.1 miles and Huckleberry Loop 4.3 miles. Please contact the Ranger at the phone number listed below to determine if there will be a campsite available. The trail is fairly short for an overnight trail, but there are several hills to climb which give the trail its difficulty rating.
Trail is well marked and easy to follow. You are rewarded with beautiful views of the lake.
My wife, her two siblings, and I just completed the trail this morning. We stayed 1 night at campsite 5. Just a heads up, make sure you start early if you're camping. Campsites are first come first serve and this weekend all the sites were taken. All sites have tent pads and fire rings so that's a plus! The white trail maps at the sign in/bulletin board have a description of each site so you can pick based on that. Also don't be a dingus and decide to blaze your own path to the lake for water from camps 3-5. Following the main trail going clockwise will take you right down to a spot where it is pretty easy to get water. I, on the other hand, got to climb back up a nice steep 60 degree incline with my 5 gallon collapsible jug. Anyway onto the trail itself. It's of course 8.4 miles around the longer Huckleberry Loop and 4.2 around the Dry Creek Loop. Heading clockwise around you meet just one relatively steep incline before camp close after the first fork. Other inclines are either very gradual or short in length. Once past camp, there will be a series of 3 inclines going up the side of a hill then down on its opposite side for 3 hills. None of the inclines are really too harsh throughout. Some beginners may feel a good burn the last 0.7 miles back to the trailhead. Also, if you do decide to go counter-clockwise, you can expect to feel the burn at the first long incline you meet. So I would suggest going clockwise to avoid that major uphill. For the most part though, the trail is pretty flat. This was the second backpacking trip for my wife and I, and the first for my in-laws. I believe it to be a great hike for beginners. As far as the views go, the north side of the trail goes through forest along the side of multiple hills and sometimes coming to the top of them. Once you get to camp and onward you will see many more views of the lake, including a really beautiful view with benches about 1.2 miles from the trailhead. Also some pretty cool sinkholes are just under a mile past campsite 5. It was a great hike and I plan on doing it again!
Great views on lake side. Took us three hours to do the 8 mile loop- pretty easy terrain and relatively flat...
We did the full trail this time (the Huckleberry Loop), and enjoyed it much more than the shorter Dry Creek Loop: there are some nice lake views, another area where you can access the lake, and some really big sink holes that are kind of neat. It's pretty dull and brown this time of year, but the views are a bit better than in the summer, and it's nice and cool. Wear a little bit of orange if you think of it - just because the trail isn't closed for hunting the day you're there doesn't mean you don't want to be visible.
There is, indeed, a large tree on part of the trail, but it's not like you have to turn around and go back. You can go around/over it. Given the condition of the trail (very well-maintained), I expect it will be cleared within a year.
The trail is great, but it's currently obliterated near the #4-5 campsites by an enormous fallen tree.
Great hike. Well marked. There is a very large tree that fell over the trail
Great hike, well marked trail. Rolling hills but not too difficult. Several Amazing views of the lake. We did 8.8 miles and took a half way break. Fall colors starting to show and will be beautiful in a few weeks.
Doc and I hiked just the Dry Creek Loop portion of the PR Trail. It ends up being a very manageable 4.4 miles. There are no "wow" features on this trail other than the incredible views of the lake. These alone are worth the trip. I'd recommend stopping here and just hiking out to the overlook if you're in the area and want a nice spot for a little break.
The trail is well-traveled and marked with white blazes. Signage is great. This trail stays relatively level, with a little steep-ish up/down here and there, but nothing major. The Hobbs Conservation Area as a whole gets a big "thumbs up" in my book.