12 days ago

An OK walk through the woods. A 2 star trail that I give 3 stars b/c one can post-hike swim in Beaver Lake. There are many other trails in NWA that are better, but I have not found one on Beaver Lake that loops to an ending point right on the lake (as opposed to having to drive to the lake, like I had to do after hiking the Pigeon Roost or War Eagle/Little Clifty Creek trails.

14 days ago

On the plus side, we saw whitetail deer, a box turtle and countless grey squirrels; plenty of wildlife. And who doesn’t love a field of ripe wild raspberries?! We even took time to swim in the clear waters of Beaver Lake at a cove beside the trail. It’s a lovely hike, no doubt. That said, the trail is not always marked clearly, the raspberries have nearly taken over at one point and the ticks—both deer and seed—have got a firm claim to the area. All in all, however, it was well worth the effort.

There is a back country camping area on the map, but we were led to believe it is not open for use.

Also, not sure how it comes over at 4.7 miles. We recorded it at 5.1 and the ranger we spoke to said it’s closer to 6. For Boy Scouts there is a trail patch available through the West Arkansas Council. See their website for details.

trail running
1 month ago

Good challenging trail run in June. Started up by ranger pay station to make sure I could find the trail. A little overgrown at that point but cleared up quickly. Most of the path as very easy to follow. Section goes through campground driveway and picks back up just uphill from the marina (asked someone to be sure but was easy to spot once I knew where it was). Good lake views. Lots of spiderwebs and ticks so be prepared. Parts would be very hard to bike unless skilled.

2 months ago

This trail was absolutely beautiful. It took us about 3-4 hours for the whole thing. I do want to let everyone know that the trail doesn’t actually loop, it end at a campsite and then you have to walk about 2 miles back if you start at the hatchery. The hill is very steep up through the hatchery so it’s for sure pretty hard at the beginning but it was so worth it. All it was about 6 miles. It stormed just yesterday so the waterfalls and creeks were full. Just beautiful.

❤️❤️❤️ new favorite

As other reviewers mentioned, it's a lovely off-the-beaten-path hike, but extremely hard to follow with the leaves down. I wound up having to take the road down bc I couldn't find the east portion of the trail.

Next time I'd start by taking the trail up (across the street from the parking lot) rather than down.

Really beautiful trail. Tough to follow at times with so many leaves on the ground. Great views of the lake.

7 months ago

Overall a nice trail. Probably would be better when everything is green and easier to follow but still enjoyed this hike. I always enjoy seeing things like homesteads so this was a plus. Not an overly difficult hike but not a simple flat trail either. There was ample parking the day we went, note that there is a park fee.

7 months ago

Five stars for the hike, one star for the trail, at least in November when all the leaves are down and the trail is nearly impossible to follow for significant stretches at a time. Blazes are in impossibly short supply and, even with absolute focus and concentration, I frequently found myself off trail. Mostly these were only by a few yards, but once significantly so requiring me to rely on my GPS to get back on track.

Nice view of the lake, an old homestead, and a noisy frog pond.

8 months ago

Direction incorrect: From Rogers take 62 East; Turn RIGHT onto 127. Turn left on Marina Rd. Very nice moderate hike.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Nicely marked

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Indian cliffs, old homestead remains, and it follows the lake all make it a good hike

Monday, March 13, 2017

Loved this hike during my trip through Arkansas. Not too easy not too hard, I usually prefer more mountainous hikes but this was perfect. Some parts are closed until April 23rd by the way.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

excellent hike. not too strenuous but a good workout. and lots of sights and pic opps. highly recommend.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Pleasant trail, well-traveled and not at all arduous. There are lovely views of the lake, a spring, caves and bluffs, and the much-photographed homestead. Rather than hike the entire loop, we took a shortcut back described in Tim Ernst's book, making the trip closer to 4 miles. Sometimes the shortcut includes a waterfall, but not at this time of year.

Note that it's $5 to enter the park area, honor system on Sundays.

trail running
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Awesome trail with some prehistoric Indian bluf shelters and some other historic sites. Not sure when this trail was last updated but I clocked it with my Under Armor MapMyRun app at 6.18 from trailhead back to trailhead.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Lots of trees down over the trail. Some areas were eroded as well by the lake. Overall was a great hike and challenging to this new hiker.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Was a beast....lost of downed timber over trail, washed away in some areas.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Great little lakeside trail. Well marked with some primitive campsites, and cool features like a homestead farm and cave dwellings. Perfect for a trail run.

trail running
Monday, May 02, 2016

Such an awesome trail!! Some really great minimalist camping sites!

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Same trail as the "Lost Bridge Loop". Great trail for a short afternoon hike with some things to see along the way like an old home place and a small cave.

Only complaint is there are several large trees across the trail and the area by the marina is pretty trashy with styrofoam that has washed up from old boat docks.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

It was a moderate hike. A lot of cool rock formations and a pretty lake. It is a good afternoon hike.

Monday, February 22, 2016

It is a very easy trail and would be a good starter trail for beginner hikers. It has a couple of nice overlooks and has some cool history on the trail for you to see. The trail is very easy to follow and is a lot of fun.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

I have camped here a number of times with the boy scouts. Great marina where we rented boats. Nice trails. canoed the White River from here. Great location to stage from.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Good even well marked trail. It was scenic and fairly level. Did have one large incline with switchbacks.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A good and scenic trail. Pretty easy walking for most of trail but does have one large incline with switchbacks. It was very well marked and easy to follow. It was a bit muddy in some areas

mountain biking
Saturday, March 15, 2014

I rode this trail mid March 2014. For biking, this is a technical a difficult terrain for riding. I was relieved when the ride was over. No bugs of any kind as some of the other reviewers bring up, and the trail was pretty easy to maintain. But too many crevices and turns that required me to walk the bike and then re clip back on. And that first mile!! I crashed several times in the begining but then it levels out and then the mid point has you climbing the hill with your bike. Great for training with a tri bike, but not a fast ride by any means. The water is beautiful as ever and the pond and historical house remains are cool breaks.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

In December, there are no gnats on this trail, but it's covered in leaves and can be hard to decipher if you're going the right way or not. My husband and I ran the trail, I think hiking would allow more time to make sure you're going the right way. The leaves hide the late rocks you're going over, so be aware of your ankles. Also, when driving to the location, make sure and head left towards NORTH lost bridge. Beautiful views and a very interesting chimney from an old cabin.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

This trail was really pretty with a lot of neat features, especially the amazing views of Beaver Lake, but was almost too buggy to really enjoy. A swarm of gnats followed us the whole way and we literally could not stop swatting our faces for even 20 seconds. After over 2 hours we decided to take a shortcut when the trail crossed over the road and walked back to the parking lot which was still a pretty good walk (almost a mile maybe?) but at least it was a gnat free walk! We definitely should have saved this trail for early spring or later in the Fall. I blogged about our hike here: http://www.adventuresintheozarks.com/2013/09/lost-bridge-trail-at-beaver-lake-in.html

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