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

Surrounded by the natural beauty for which the Arkansas River Valley is known, Lake Dardanelle is a sprawling 34,300-acre reservoir on the Arkansas River. These two water resources combined here have put this area into the national spotlight as a major bass fishing tournament site. Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake: one park site is at Russellville, and the other is located at nearby Dardanelle. Both the Russellville (main park) and Dardanelle locations offer camping (74 sites: Russellville--16 Class AAA, 14 Class AA, and 26 Class B; Dardanelle Area--18 Class B), launch ramps, standard pavilions, picnic sites, restrooms, and bathhouses with hot showers. The Russellville site also features a striking 10,527-square-foot visitor center on the lakeshore overlooking Lake Dardanelle. Engaging interpretive exhibits and state-of-the-art touch screen kiosks share information on the park, the areas water resources and its history. A fascinating aquatic exhibit in the center features four aquariums that hold fish found in the lake, the Arkansas River, and its tributaries; Piney Creek and the Illinois Bayou. Another unique facility in the (Russellville) main area is the park's 1,861-square-foot, fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion, a world class facility and the first of its kind in the nation that serves as a staging area for tournaments. Near the weigh-in pavilion is a covered, barrier-free fishing pier, a popular facility for bank fishing enthusiasts, sightseers and photographers with its sweeping view of lake and Mount Nebo to the south. The main park also includes a trail. Rental kayaks and bicycles are available here. And, it's here that park visitors can enjoy nature programs on a wide variety of topics by park interpreters. Note: You do not have to be an overnight camping guest to enjoy our programs. Local residents, day visitors, and nearby Mount Nebo State Park visitors are all welcome! Privately-owned marinas and boat docks are located in both the Russellville and Dardanelle areas.

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16 days ago

Good easy trail, but if it’s rained recently it will be muddy.

A good trail for exercising your dogs, but not really worth going out of your way to do.

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4 months ago

We could not walk very far because it had rained for two days prior. Part of the trail is through a swamp. So after the rain it was very muddy. Would probably be a good trail after it dries up.

Trail is a brief walk through lakeside timber. It is in a flat low lying area and is soggy in many areas even days after a rain. Would be good with kids if not to wet at the time.

The trail was a easy walk. I like that the park added some educational signs in front of some trees and plants identifying what they are.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Simple trail through the woods and close to the campgrounds. We went during the middle of the day, but you should see more wildlife if you go around dawn or dusk. Easy hike.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

I really wouldn't call it a hiking trail it was more like someone just mowed the grass off in the woods and called it a trail.

nice trail to start kids on. my boy loved it

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

I was here two years back on mothers day. hiked the trail to find the geocaches in the area. it was a great day a simple trail. not a whole lot to see but views of the lake.

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