Village Creek Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wynne, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This park is truly a hidden gem in NE Arkansas. Muckas Running Club hosts the Village Creek 10k/25k Trail Run(Facebook) annually in January. There are roughly 26 miles of marked trail, and right at 12 miles of pavement. The trail system will take you along, upon, and over Crowleys Ridge. No rocks, a few roots, leaves, and the chance to experience ridgelines, creek bottom hardwoods, and about 2300ft in elevation gain. The race course markings are Single track course, the 25K is an out and back route starting at the bicycle entrance to the following markers 13,14,11,10,16,17,18, north past 19 towards 20 where you will reach the turnaround. The 10k will follow markers 13,14,11,10,9,7,6,12,13, and back to the bicycle entrance. - Read about the race route here. http://www.arkansasoutside.com/my-ultimate-journeys-first-race-and-first-1st-place-finish-village-creek-25k-race-report/
This trail is mostly covered, making it great for hot days. The trail meets a creek on several occasions. The swinging bridge is a little out of the way, but totally worth the detour. It's a perfect place for a lunch. I did see a lot of human litter, which is depressing.
I like this trail. It's fairly easy, but long enough to get a work out. We take our dogs & they love it too!
Hubby and i took the kids (8 &2) and hiked a total of about 10 miles the first day and another 3 or 4 the next. Village creek has a bunch of trails. All moderate or easy. We had a great time! Lots of stairs on the hills though, so if you're one with knee or foot issues .. Fair warning. Not difficult or anything but just a heads up.
The second largest state park in Arkansas, Village Creek, is home to several awesome trails that wind through the unique geology of Crowley's Ridge. The Arboretum and Big Ben Nature trails are two easy hikes which begin on opposite sides of the main parking lot at the visitor's center.
The scenery was beautiful. I hiked the Old Military Road Trail which includes a preserved portion of the Trail of Tears. There are a lot of historical markers with good information that I enjoyed reading. It was more a moderate trail not easy. The swinging bridge is about a quarter mile past where the loop turns back toward the lake, just before junction 14 - defiantly worth a few extra steps.
We have hiked and mountain bikes this trail a bunch. It is well maintained. Most of the trail that we have done is fairly level on top the ridge, but getting there is a short climb. This is a great trail in the North East Area of Arkansas.
Really cool to hike a section of the trail of tears. The trails and park are very nice.
There are actually quite a few trails in this system. We hiked the Arboretum, Lake Austell, and Big Ben (listed separately). The Arboretum is very short and has signage about the different types of trees. You go out and back on the same trail (close to the visitor center). Lake Austell starts next to the Arboretum. It's a beautiful hike in the spring (and gorgeous in the fall!). It goes through the woods and over several small bridges and up curving stairs. Fairly easy hike though longer.
The trails here are in good shape. The park is clean overall other then near the lakes where fisherman have left behind lots of trash.
I agree with Aaron--what a fun place to hike and camp! This state park is very well maintained and the walk-in sites that back up to the creek are secluded and pretty. The only advice I'd offer is to wear long pants and sleeves when hiking; the chiggers are nasty!
Village Creek State Park is one of the nicest state parks I have ever visited anywhere. Besides the new visitor center with small museum, there are pavillions for picnicking, newly updated cabins for overnight stays, numerous campsites, two large lakes with paddle boats and kayak rentals, stables and trailer parking, and so much more.
I have never done anything other than hike, but that alone is enough in this wonderful park. The 6.7-mile trail system is one of the best flat-land systems I have ever traversed. Traversing up and down Crowley's Ridge, it is a moderate hike that is somewhat challenging during stretches but helps the new hiker by flattening out in others and presenting modern conveniences such as bridges and wooden stairs near the visitor center and pavillions. However, the most alluring aspect of the system is the Trail of Tears section of the system.
Beginning at Lake Austell, four signs display the history of the Trail of Tears, particularly as it relates to this area of Arkansas. Four of the five major tribes traversed the region on their forced migration to present-day Oklahoma. Many smaller tribes joined in their sad exodus. These signs are the perfect foreground information to prepare you emotionally for the sight you are about to witness along the trail. After a short climb up wooden steps and a significantly upsloping dirt path, one exits at a forested trail. Another sign informs you that you have arrived at the original Trail of Tears, with this section perfectly preserved. Indeed, it is a sight to behold. Massive amounts of earth were removed by hand circa 1830 to carve a path through then swampland so that the "red devils" could migrate west. Being unfarmable land along the ridge, this section had remained largely unchanged until Arkansas purchased the land and made it safe for future citizens to enjoy this walk through history. As one walks along, massive trees sit aside the trail with exposed roots. The forest floor in places is several feet above one's head. One can imagine those poor souls walking this same trail almost 200 years prior, and the emotion is nearly overwhelming.
After the one-mile or so section abades, the trail returns to a gentle hike through forested land with diverging paths beyond. Though the trail system is only approximately 7 miles, the park boasts some 20 miles or so of multi-purpose trails. Hikers are allowed to hike/walk all of them, though only about 5 are designated for equestrians and 12 or so for cyclists.
So, whether you are a fan of exercise in the great outdoors or wishing to have a relaxing retreat, Village Creek State Park is the perfect place for you.