Wild 40 Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Little Rock, 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 trail is the product of a collaborative effort between the Central Arkansas Master Naturalists (CAMN), Central Arkansas Trail Alliance (CATA), and AmeriCorps NCCC team Earth 7. The 1.9-mile trail spans areas south and east of the Park’s Swan Lake. The hiking trail connects to Wildwood’s existing trail system, with its primary entrances marked with free-standing kiosks containing maps and ecological information. The interconnected trail system at Wildwood allows visitors to hop on or off trails at numerous points in order to get the length, scenery, and experience that they want.
The Wild 40 Trail is a very peaceful trail in West Little Rock. This winding trail takes you through a nice forest inside Wildwood Park. I like to combine this trail with the shorter "Nature Trail" so that I can get in a 2.5-mile hike while minimizing any hiking on the access road around the lake. And the Nature Trail has some wonderful views of the lake - be sure not to miss it!
You will not find a lot of hikers here normally. In May 2016, I hiked this trail and lost count of all the deer I saw, along with lots of turtles, lizards, and butterflies. In October 2016, I did not run across a lot of wildlife, probably because of nearby noisy construction to the southeast of the park. Other than the nearby construction noise along the southeast border of the park, my hike was very peaceful.