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Devil's Den State Park is nestled deep in Lee Creek Valley, a picturesque setting in northwest Arkansas's Ozarks Mountains, ancient sedimentary mountains renowned for their natural beauty and lush oak-hickory forest. This Ozark valley was selected as a park site in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC used native materials to craft the parks rustic-style wood and stone structures. This work includes an impressive native stone dam that spans Lee Creek in the heart of the park forming peaceful eight-acre Lake Devil. Rental canoes, tandem kayaks, pedal boats, and water bikes are available at the park.

Fabulous views for a relatively short hike

Be mindful of the landslide that occurred in the counter-clockwise direction (mile 15 and 14) as of January 7th, 2019. But other than that, the trail was clearly marked and offered beautiful scenery. I like to recommend this trail to people that are just getting into backpacking, but even if you aren’t a beginner, you will love this small section of the Ozarks that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.

hiking
8 days ago

Great little hike with great views. Lots of recent rain so be prepared for some mud and water but still very doable. Only four stars because of all the people.

backpacking
11 days ago

The trail was difficult at times (maybe my own fault, because I overestimated my beginner abilities ;-) ). Besides that, amazing views. Our dog enjoyed himself too. We will definitely return.

Great view from overlook. We've had some good rain and there were several nice and unexpected streams.

backpacking
13 days ago

The beginning and the end of the hike will test you, but the landscape is worth it. Highly recommend.

loved this place

walked the whole loop with my 9yr old in a few hours, the outer portion has small footpaths mainly for bike use and is prone to ticks when thier out. No big overlooks, but there are some neat historical sites and it didn't seem to have alot of traffic, if you do the full loop, in the outer areas. Great for stretching it out for an hightempo hike.

Well maintained, easy to walk, some steep short climbs, nice walk but the overlook is the main attraction, the lower portion near the bottom of the hill does have nice views and some rock formations.

Good for all ages and has plenty to see, caves, waterfall, creeks, hills and large timber. Can have heavy traffic at times.

hiking
23 days ago

Scenic short trail popular with just about anyone who hikes and lives in the area. Lots of rock features, a creek, a waterfall, an icy trail if winter and around the waterfall. It can be crowded in afternoons if it's reasonably warm, like other Devil's Den trails.

hiking
23 days ago

A mainstay for my hiking routine. I periodically come to this trail for a semi-light hike--long and rocky enough to feel like I'm hiking but without the full day obligation. Good views. Limited parking on top, but I suppose it's still better than parking in the campgrounds at the bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

Short nice hike. Lots to see and look at so take your time. I really enjoyed it would love to see it in the springtime.

hiking
1 month ago

Little late on getting this review up, old age. This hike can be heavily trafficked at times due partially to its relative proximity to the Fayetteville/Bentonville area and because it offers some great hiking. It offers a great view from the overlook. It was very busy the day we hiked but there was plenty of room to sit and have lunch at the overlook.

hiking
1 month ago

So sad the caves are closed. They are a treasured childhood memory. It was still super fun to take my 8 year old and let him stand at cave mouth and feel the cool air. Lots of scrambling for the littles, and the trail is up and down throughout. A nice trek through the woods. Little legs will need frequent breaks. Bring your binoculars tons of wildlife :)

Another one of my favorite trails in Arkansas. The initial incline is tough for little legs and those out of shape ( I definitely felt it whew) but it’s over quick and the rest of the trek is easy peasy. The big pay off is the lookout. Be sure to go a little farther past the lookout to get yet another near view. My 8 year old handled it like a pro. Side note. I had cell signal the entire top of the trail which is nice for emergencies. Only realized it bc a coworker called me while we were out . Look out for snakes in the ravine and switchbacks during warm weather. We saw a copperhead.

A well maintained trail suitable for all ages! Incredible weather for November made for a wonderful hike today.

backpacking
1 month ago

The trail is nice and well marked. It's easy to access from northwest arkansas. We hiked it clockwise and camped at the primitive camping sites arpund 9.5 miles. i think there were 6 primitive campsites and everyone of them was occupied. It was not awful but i think its worth knowing you wont be the only one on the trail.

A friend and I backpacked this 11/9-10, starting at the Holt Rd trailhead and going clockwise. This is a nice hike with great camping spots along the way.
This direction was hard on my knees, especially the final downhill into Lee Creek.
I hiked this again 11/17 starting from the main trailhead and going counterclockwise. I did the whole trail in just under 7 hours and going cc was much better on my knees as I am stronger uphill hiking. The trail is well blazed and has many interesting sights along the way.

Great trail. Panoramic views from lookout points. Remote location was good for getting away from the city.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail in mid November when it was about 40 degrees out. Definitely had trouble finding the entrance to the trail, and there appears to be a smaller trail that has been created right at the parking area that leads off in the complete wrong direction. The actual trail is just a jeep trail that is not marked. Definitely recommend downloading a track ahead of time. Luckily we had LTE on the wrong trail and I was able to download a recording and find the correct trail. Someone had marked the trail down to the cave with an orange tag on a tree so we were able to find our way down. The cave/structure itself is pretty neat and the hike back up was pretty grueling, especially after doing two other trails earlier in the day. Overall a great short hike, just be prepared for going back up.

backpacking
2 months ago

Butterfield Hiking Trail 10-11 Nov 2018

Hiked the BHT clockwise doing an overnight. Weather was great with lows in the high 20s and highs in the mid 40s. No bugs, snakes or ticks. Foliage was about a week or two past peak.
Prep: No specific prep for this hike.
Hike: This hike is could be moderate or could be strenuous depending on how you hike and your experience level. The trail is generally easy to follow with sufficient blazes. Follow the natural line of drift and you shouldn't go too far off the trail. The only potential issue is where you may end up on another trail that crosses the BHT. If that's the case and you stop seeing the blazes retrace your steps and you'll be fine. There are mile markers, but while useful for landmarks, I would not take the actual distance as gospel. You will go 35 minutes to cover a mile while and with similar terrain and pace the next mile will be 15 minutes. There are some places where the trail is rocky, not as in you climb up rocks but a bunch of brick sized rocks littering the ground. Throw in the leaves covering the trail and this could be tough if you have knees or ankles that susceptible to being tweaked. I didn't use poles but some in my party really needed them to avoid bodily damage.

You need to stop by the visitor center and they will log you in and give you a parking pass for your car if you are overnighting. They will give you a copy of a sketch map and talk through any nonintuitive areas of the trail (get to the start, and the finish). With the map and a simple compass you are set as the trail is fundamentally a box bounded by two creeks. Once you start there is a some incline as you head up the ridgeline until about mile 2.5. You run the highground for a while and then by about mile 5 you are back by the creek. Once you pass mile 7 the trail becomes covered with the brick sized rocks. I edged up to the west (up the slope a bit) to see if conditions improved but they didn't. Around mile 9.5 the trail goes up and there is one chute of about 20m where you need to use your hands (about mile 10) but I wouldn't really call it a scramble. Then the trail rides the ridgeline. A little past mile 13 you have a downslope that gets you down the ridge and then you are at the creek. There is caution tape where the trail is closed by slide. Go about 50m left (as you face the creek) and there are some rocks where you can cross. If the water level is higher I could see getting your feet wet. After that another .5 mile and you are back at the parking lot.

Camping Sites: The great thing about this park is that there are primitive camp sites sprinkled throughout. Some are set along the creeks and some are in the higher ground. There are good concentrations about mile 5 and mile 9.5 (Junction Creek). We stayed at Junction Creek. It sits about 400m off of the main trail and the intersection to the trail that leads to it is marked. Previous campers have made 7-8 fire circles, stone furniture etc and there was plenty of deadfall to make a nice fire. About 5 groups ended up camping in the area. If you are looking for complete privacy JC isn't the place for you (at least on a weekend).

Gear: Standard overnight gear. Some reviews reported water resupply was an issue but you are near creeks for a lot of the route and the water levels looked good at this time of year. I used about 3l including camp stuff and rehydrating meals.

Additional notes: Check and see when hunting season is. We found out it was going on when we checked in. The visitor center will give you a flourescent vest to throw on your pack but the savvy folks brought a blaze hat or something similar. A lot of the trail in in the Forest where hunting is permitted and not the park . While we did not see any hunters you can hear them shooting fairly often so you know they are there.

There are some caves in the park but currently they are closed due to some disease that the bats are getting. If caving is your thing call the park for updates.

Overall a good hike with great camping opportunities.

hiking
2 months ago

very enjoyable and great overnight trail.

great views of the trees at the vistas. the kids loved it. highly recommended.

we did it in the rain. it was a great trail. loved the stacked rocks area by the river. there is no other trail like it in the state. will definately do it again.

Beautiful trail and views. Devils den has an amazing camping area as well. They have multiple trails in the area that will easily keep you busy all weekend.

Beautiful trail and many views. I saw in a previous comment that the trail was not well marked and I have to disagree, it was marked very well with colored diamonds on trees every so often and the path is well worn. Devils den has an amazing camping area as well. They have multiple trails in the area that will easily keep you busy all weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail and views. Devils den has an amazing camping area as well. They have multiple trails in the area that will easily keep you busy all weekend.

Very nice hike. Heavily trafficked.

Amazing

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