Williams Hollow Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews

Williams Hollow Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Garfield, AR that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

2.2 miles 362 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

2 months ago

Enjoyable trail through the beautiful Pea Ridge park landscape of fields and forest. We often see butterflies on the park trails. It would be a nice winter hike too as the trails do have tall grass growing.

hiking
9 months ago

There is very little buzz on the net about this trail. I am amazed that it is not on everyone's regional "must-do " list.

This is a wonderful, approx. 2 mile loop trail, located in the Pea Ridge National Military Park. This park is lightly visited, but was the site of a pivotal battle of the Civil War in the West. It is supposedly the most intact Civil War battlefield remaining. In addition, this area was witness to other important historical events that shaped our nation.

Many of the trails in this park are shown on maps provided by the Park Service, but are not named. I call this trail the Williams Hollow Trail.

The trailhead is at the Elkhorn Tavern, which was the site of a major skirmish in the battle. This is on the loop drive in the Park, and there is a good parking area. The Tavern itself is very charming, and is surrounded by zigzag split-rail fences and guarded by a battery of cannon. Unfortunately, the tavern has been closed for business for decades.

Heading north, the trail is a road through the forest that has seen a lot of history. Initially it was a military road that connected St. Louis to this region shortly after the Louisiana Purchase, although I suspect it was a trade route even before then. It was then used as part of the Trail of Tears, with thousands of people forced from their homes in the Southeast passing through here on the way to Oklahoma. Later, the Butterfield Overland Stage rattled up this same road, and later still it served as a route of retreat for the defeated Confederate forces.
The trail drops down gradual slope to a creek , where the foundations of a tannery are visible. The water and the oak trees found here provided the tannic acid needed for this labor. At the most northerly extent of this trail, a sign marks the site of a temporary field hospital for the fleeing Confederate army.

The trail turns southeast and ascends a short but moderately steep slope to the top of a plateau. The remainder of the trail is relatively flat. After walking about 3/4 mile through the forest, the trail turns west onto an old road and opens onto a large field on the south. This field and the Clemens house, with the foundation recently excavated, are surrounded by zigzag split rail fences. After another 1/4 mile, the road ends at the Elkhorn Tavern.

I highly recommend this trail. Without the whispers of past events, this would only be a pleasant walk through the woods. But in light of the events that shaped the lives of the soldiers, the Native Americans, and the settlers that passed through here, in my opinion this is an important, 5-star trail