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Best trails in Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Arkansas

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Explore the most popular trails in Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

Located on the Cossatot River, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is known for its water sports due to world-class rapids and paddle sport popularity. ____________ *Interpretive programs available year-round. Visitor Center: Jan - Dec Sun. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Primitive/Campsites/Picnic Area: Open all year Restrooms: Open all year (No water or heat) Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & noon Christmas Eve through Christmas Day

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Map of trails in Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, Arkansas
Park information
Acreage:
5,487 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
870-385-2201
Helpful links
Top trails (2)
#1 - River Corridor Trail
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
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Length: 12.1 mi • Est. 5 h 53 m
The River Corridor Trail is a linear trail that winds its way through some of the roughest, yet most scenic, terrain found in the Ouachita Mountains. The north trailhead is at Brushy Creek Access Area on Highway 246. Along the trail you will observe many breath-taking views of the Cossatot River corridor, its geological features, and the surrounding riparian forest. This trail is excellent for backpacking. Hikers must limit their camping to the established State Park campsites at Ed Banks, Sandbar, and Cossatot Falls access areas. The south trailhead is at the Highway 278 Access Area below the Visitor Center. For your safety, a hiking plan must be completed at the Visitor Center for the River Corridor Trail if you plan to camp overnight. The trail is broken up into sections according to the river access areas at Ed Banks, Sandbar, and Cossatot Falls. Parking is available at each of the river access areas if you do not wish to hike the entire trail. Plan for approximately six to eight hours per leg (or nearly 1.5 hours per mile). Brushy Creek to Ed Banks is approximately 5-miles and is considered the most strenuous and difficult portion of this trail. Ed Banks to the Cossatot Falls is approximately 2-miles and is a relatively easy to moderate hike. The final portion, from the Cossatot Falls to the Highway 278 Access Area is approximately 5.5-miles and is rated moderate to strenuous. A prohibited private drive is located between miles 9 and 10. The trail is blazed by blue medallions and paint. Blue square shaped blazes can be seen while hiking southbound and blue circular blazes can be seen when while hiking northbound. For more information about the River Corridor Trail, please call the Visitor Center at 870-385-2201.Show more
#2 - Harris Creek Trail
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Hiking along Harris Creek in the Cadron River area with wonderful vistas. The trailhead starts about a mile before the Ouachita National Forest Visitor Center.Show more