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.
This trail was paved, wide, and fairly well-maintained (some rotting timber on small bridges). The majority of the trails were shady, and it wasn't crowded at all. Par stations were in good condition, also. Maps are faded and (mildly) vandalized, those could use replacing.
Bona Dea is a great system of Trails. There are several different trails to walk, jog or bike. Lots of trees provide shade. The trails are paved and fairly even. There are a few areas where tree roots are causing the trail to rise and crack but over all it is a good place to walk. Birds and squirrels are seen regularly. Snakes have been seen but the trail is wide enough to get away from them. Alligators are in the area occasionally. All in all a very good place to walk or bike or jog.