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Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSPCA) covers 12,055 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver Lake. Twenty-two of the parks 60 miles of border stretch along the shores of Beaver Lake. The park lies between Beaver Lake to the north and War Eagle Creek to the south. It stretches across a part of Benton County southeast of Beaver Lake and extends into Madison and Carroll counties. This large tract of Ozark landscape consists of plateaus, ridges, valleys, and streams featuring an upland forest of pine, oak and hickory. Many water features including disappearing streams, springs and seeps have carved the many hollows in this fragile limestone landscape, as well as created cave-related features including numerous sinkholes. HSPCA is managed jointly by Arkansas State Parks, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. The park is 10 miles east of Rogers on Ark. 12, which bisects the park property. The park's 17,531-square-foot visitor center opened on May 27, 2009. This $4.5 million, state-of-the-art facility features Ozark focused exhibits including interactive kiosks, classroom space, a retail sales area, and the park's administrative offices. Wi-Fi wireless Internet access is provided in the visitor center. The center is on Ark. Hwy. 12 near the junction with War Eagle Road. To read more about this facility, visit our news release. The park includes a wide variety of trails. The Historic Van Winkle Trail is a one-and-one half-mile trail that leads hikers through a tunnel under Ark. 12 to the site of the historic Van Winkle lumber mill and home in Van Winkle Hollow on the West Fork of Little Clifty Creek. Here hikers can see the remnants of a sawmill and an antebellum garden owned by Peter Van Winkle during the 19th century. Beginning in the 1840s and continuing throughout his life, Van Winkle acquired approximately 17,000 acres of land throughout Washington, Benton, Madison, and Carroll counties by filing for land patents and purchasing foreclosed land. The tunnel and associated walkways were designed to provide barrier-free access to the historic site. Wayside interpretive panels along the trail provide hikers with information about this historic area. The trailhead features a parking lot large enough to accommodate two school buses or recreational vehicles and 18 automobiles. Water fountains and a composting toilet are located adjacent to the parking area. The Pigeon Roost Trail is a double-stacked loop trail, in a figure eight formation, featuring a short loop of approximately four miles for day hiking and a longer loop of eight and one half miles for overnight use. This moderately difficult trail is excellent for beginners, scouts and families looking for adventure and scenery without having to travel a great distance. Campsites are marked with signs and each has a tent pad and fire ring. The trailhead and its associated parking area are located on Hwy. 12. The trail passes several sinkholes and some portions follow ridges overlooking Beaver Lake. Some of the primitive campsites on the trail offer views of the lake, especially in winter when leaves are off the trees in the surrounding Ozark oak/hickory/pine forest. Wild turkey, whitetail deer and other wildlife are commonly seen along the trail. The 21-mile Multi-use Hidden Diversity Trail is designed for equestrians, mountain bikers and hikers. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Users have the option of four trail sections or loops. The trail follows ridge tops and rims with lots of curves and a few hills that drop 200 to 300 feet in elevation. The entire trail is surrounded by woods that are mainly comprised of oak and hickory. When weather conditions warrant, the trail is subject to closure to mountain bike and equestrian use. In addition, all or a portion of the parks trail system may be closed occasionally for permitted hunting seasons or maintenance repair. Contact the park to check on the current trail status before traveling to Hobbs to participate in these activities. The one-and-one-half-mile Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail can be accessed from its trailhead parking lot located on Ark. 303, approximately one mile from the intersection on the north side of Ark. 12. The first one-half mile of this loop trail follows a ridgeline, providing an easy hike. The trail then descends into Shaddox Hollow. The descent is rather steep in places. This trail winds along the creek through stands of hardwoods and other native Ozark vegetation. Interesting limestone bluffs are found along this section. After progressing up the creek, the trail begins the ascent back to the trailhead. This climb can be strenuous in places. The park includes the only public, outdoor shooting range in Arkansas with a bullet trap (open Tuesday through Sunday). NOTE: The shooting range is closed every Monday throughout the year for maintenance and repair. In addition, the park offers regulated seasonal hunting; undeveloped access to 28,370-acre Beaver Lake; and interpretive programs. HSPCA is Arkansas's only state park where hunting is allowed. Future development and expanded visitor programs at the HSPCA will include cabins, pavilions, picnic areas, additional hiking trails, and archery and orienteering courses.

One of my favorites in the area. Been here two times already, it never disappoints.

Found myself lost and confused a lot on this trail. I had no idea where I was! I enjoyed it but I don’t really know how to read the map I think

I got on this trail and took a wrong turn and ended up burning most of the day on it. Once I began to lose daylight I had to get off the trail and take the rest of the way on the adjacent highway so to be sure not to miss the 5:00 deadline so I could get my car out of the visitor center. It was a beautiful hike and and a wonderful day, however I wasn’t sure where I was at for a lot of it and I found the trails mostly unmarked and the map confusing.

Great trail for the whole family.

Pretty little hike with small bluffs and lake shore.

Really enjoyed this short loop through the woods. Fairly easy trail, all wooded and shady.

Easy trail (paved/white rock) with some interesting historical landmarks.

Good variety of scenery, autumn leaves are turning gold and a few red. Hiked on a Monday morning, saw 2 mountain bikers and 4 other hikers during my walk. Fairly easy hike, view of the water was very pretty.

backpacking
1 month ago

This was a great first overnight backpacking experience for my girlfriend and me. It was long and strenuous enough to test us without being enough to break us.
It was a beautiful walk in the woods. We arrived much later than we intended. Being our first trip, we didn't realize how much preparation time we needed.
The sun had dipped below the horizon by the time we made it to the campsite. Immediately upon arrival, we were invited to the community fire by the NWA Hiking Club. Stories and drinks were shared, and good times were had by all.
The next morning began with breakfast and a light rain. I felt incredible (a symptom of sleeping outdoors), and just wanted to walk. Not finish, but walk. I had to let my legs go. The light rain had awakened and beautified the forest, and my girlfriend and I decided to "hike our own hike". I walked ahead, enjoying walking my own pace and being alone in the woods. The lack of vistas, and the anticlimactic overlook take nothing away from this trail. Walk this trail to be in the forest. To smell the earth and feel its life.

Beautiful walk in the woods.

hiking
1 month ago

Peaceful hike, well worn path and clear. I did the short course. Not much as far as views on the short path. Worth a short trip.

Easy trail for all ages.

great trails. Better make sure your horse is in good condition. lots of ups and downs.

This is a nice, well maintained trail that is easy to follow. It is a relatively easy trail if you are in modest shape but did see one lady struggling a little coming up out of the valley as there is some elevation gain. You start at the top so what goes down must come up. Some interesting rock formations and the cave was nice. The cave is a short distance off the standard trail but if you pay attention you will see a path leading up to a rock formation and it is there so do t miss it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy short trail. The trail is easy to follow. Nothing really exciting to see on this one. There are 3 bridges that cross the creek but no water today unfortunately. This trail at least felt more like s bike compared to the Van Winkle trail next to it. You can at least combine the two trails for a about a 1.4 mile walk/hike. Good paced parking lot and bathrooms so that’s always a plus.

Short, easy trail. This is less of s home and more just a casual walk at s historic site. You are walking on basically a gravel road. It has a number of spots with signs giving you the history of that spot which was interesting but I love history. The trail head is right next to Sinking Stream so you can do both at the same time and get about 1.4 miles in total. Note that the trail is just off the highway so if you are looking to get away from the sounds of civilization this isn’t the place for you.

Benches along the way. Well maintained trail.

I saw three Ozark Chinquapin trees on this trail! It was amazing to see this rare tree.

you can find peace on this trail if you're looking for it. the trail is adventurous and pretty. My dog and I loved it.

Nice hike .. well marked trails !

A great trail for a short little hike. We did this one in the morning before we left town and loved the scenery. Offers some neat side paths that lead up to some small caves or down to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail. Beautiful hike. Definitely grab a stick to clear spiderwebs as you you travel.

hiking
2 months ago

We love this trail! We take our kids out here all the time & they do great. They especially love going in the little cave, hanging out by the lake. Definitely recommend!

Great trail! Very shady and beautiful. Walking sticks would be helpful for spider webs.

under the canopy trail, stay out of Sun

under the canopy trail, stay out of Sun

Definitely almost 10 miles. I enjoyed the trail. However the rocks were very hard on the feet after a while and I have good hiking shoes Saw a nice view of the lake as well as many other interesting beauties of nature. Was definitely peaceful.

Going in as one of my favorites! The cliff rocks. The foliage. The lizards. The cave! The lake! It is definitely a moderate hike. Steep in places. Close to the edge in others. Loose rock, so good shoes needed. It is very worth the time tho.

I loved this trail! The trees, the hike, the lake. Very peaceful. My dog loved it as well.

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