Summit Park Trail is a 1.6 mile loop trail located near Dardanelle, AR that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.
This trail was a bit confusing in places, but the serenity and scenery were amazing. There were places in the trail that were quite grown over with ivy, but it made it a little more adventurous. Some parts of the trail required climbing up with hands, or scrambling up, rather. The views in multiple places were gorgeous.
This trail is definitely moderate-strenuous. It has a self-guided brochure to take along with stations along the way. I was expecting more historical stations, but they are more general nature facts than historical. Make sure that you go to the right on the first fork (toward the bridge below)...the signage was not clear on that part! That will take you across a small bridge and to a spring at the bottom which is pretty. The last part ascending is the most difficult of the trail, big steps. Woodsy hike, with a few views toward the end...when you come out, stop off at Lover's Leap for a beautiful panorama.
My favorite trail system, by far, in the state of Arkansas. The system gives you a little bit of everything, but stay to the North Trail. It takes you around each side of the mountain, gives you a good view of the entire small range, and the topography is just breathtaking. A great physical challenge for even the most adept hikers, the up and down will really get your heart going! The views of Lake Dardanelle on the Northwest side are just gorgeous. So underrated. 4 trips there and counting.
Great little trail! Go just after a rain and enjoy the falls.
Challenging hike! Impressive boulder fields and awesome views. Be sure to pick up the brochure for this trail at the visitor center. Mount Nebo is one of our most favorite places!