Looking for a great trail in Mount Magazine State Park, Arkansas? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 7 moderate trails in Mount Magazine State Park ranging from 1.8 to 20.1 miles and from 459 to 2,749 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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At 2,753-feet, Mount Magazine is Arkansas's highest mountain, rising dramatically above the broad valleys of the Petit Jean River to the south and the Arkansas River to its north. Graced with timeless natural beauty, this plateaua remnant of an ancient sea floorruns east to west stretching six miles long and up to a mile across. Rugged, isolated, and rich in natural resources including rare and endangered species, Mount Magazine has long lured explorers, adventurers, scientists, naturalists, and vacationers.

hiking
11 days ago

It's a decent trail to hit the high point. Unfortunately for me I ran into Jimmy Henry preaching his version of the bible and when you try to move away from him he gets all offended that you don't want to listen to him. I just wanted a peaceful hike... be careful if you run into him, I don't believe he's stable. With that said, the trail was kept up with and easy to follow. Benches at the top to relax or catch your breath if needed. The park in all was rather nice and great views. Highpoint # 5 complete!

beautiful scenery

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Nice trails but muddy in spots. Add the Signal Hill Trail to reach the highest point in Arkansas.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Nice trail with some good overlooks.

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

Simple loop trail with great viewpoints during first 1.5 miles. Rather bland looping back around on mossback. Probably would have done out and back had I known.

on Signal Hill Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Started on the northern trailhead and hiked up the .4 miles to the top and then back. It was very easy and only took 30 minutes when counting the 10 minutes of observation at the top. There's no view due to the trees, but the silence and sightings of deer, chipmunks, and birds made it relaxing. The trail itself was well-maintained and a pleasure to experience.

mountain biking
rocky
1 month ago

As an avid mountain/road biker, this trail was easy. However, my girlfriend is a novice and she had a bit of trouble with the very rocky portions of the trail. Particularly, the western trailhead near the Visitor's Center. If you're biking with a beginner that is not very capable, it may be best to drive to the eastern trailhead and bike uphill on Mount Magazine Scenic Byway. Then, take the trail downhill and return to your vehicle. We biked the trail on 15 May so it was not very scenic as the trees and underbrush obstructed the view. The trail itself is mostly grass and soil, but gets rocky sporadically. There were only two tree branches that intruded into the path that caused us to slow down and navigate around them. All-in-all, a great trail that we would do again.

backpacking
bridge out
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Just backpacked this yesterday. Great trail for beginner backpackers. If your really out of shape it’s pretty difficult getting back up the mountain. Totally doable if you can get a ride back to your car at the bottom of the trail. There is a creek crossing that’s more like a river right now that is supposed to have a bridge but it must have flash flooded and washed away the bridge because we had to wade across the water. There is an awesome camp site right at about mile 5 by the creek, once you cross it and go up the trail and up the hill a little it’s a very nice spot with pine trees and it’s open and has a good sound of the river while sleeping! We did have some ticks so be aware of that and don’t set up right next to the creek if it’s going to rain.

Great for trail running!

hiking
2 months ago

My daughter 45 years old and myself 65 years old hiked this as a overnight backpack trip. We left a car at each end of the trail. We started at the Cameron Bluff Campground as suggested to keep from hiking up a long hill on our final day when we would be tired. Maybe 3 miles in, we had to cross a creek and went upstream to rock hop across. I managed with hiking poles but my daughter had to use water shoes and walk across. At mile marker 5 (yes there is a actual marker) we were at a nice creek that was flowing loudly and decided to make camp. There was one fire ring almost in the creek with a lot of weeds around it and looked like it had not been used in a while. We did not make a fire. We pitched a one man tent and a hammock tent a little further from the creek. The ground was soft, not rocky. It was easy to move a few pine cones and brush for a tent spot. We heard a few mice during the night but had no damage. Listened to lots of birds in the morning. We were glad we camped there because as we continued our journey the next day towards Cove lake, we never saw another place to camp that was as nice. We saw a couple of fire rings but not near any water. We had 3 more very small creek crossings that were easy to hop across. As we got closer to Cove lake there was also a lot of burned areas and not as pretty as the previous landscape. The trail was muddy in quite a few places. Overall, it was a very easy hike except for the weight of our packs. We could have completed this in a day with lighter packs. We saw lots of Dogwood trees blooming as well as Redbuds. We got a few ticks and a few chiggers but did not have to fight mosquitoes. We had no trouble staying on trail. Nicely marked. I did use my AllTrails Pro as a back up plan. Very nice.

hiking
2 months ago

decent little short cut. only a little Creek to see

north rim is good, rest is like any other trail

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty cool easy trail. Hiked this with small kids. Only downside is trail is not marked that great an we didn’t realize that for this to be a loop you would be required to hike along the road for most of hike back to vehicle. Not much for views but the woods are peaceful, beautiful trees.

it was peaceful and the spur trail was a treat

hiking
2 months ago

Boring

hiking
2 months ago

Boring ... relatively flat with no views or interesting things.

hiking
2 months ago

Boring ...

The day started out with fog on the mountain. As discussed by others, this trail is actually 3 trails. I thought the North Rim Trail was fun, with lots of cool bluffs. The trail is pretty flat, and not challenging at all. The Greenfield Trail and Mossback Ridge Trails were frankly boring, with no views, or very little terrain changes. I also added the Signal Hill Trail, only the be disappointed again. Other than punching your ticket to say you’ve been to the highest point in Arkansas, I’d skip it. The lodge and cabins look to be outstanding, with killer views and very nice accommodations. The Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive is worth the time, as there are some short walks to outstanding bluffs and views. Happy trails!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail. Love Magazine.

Pretty nice trail. Not difficult. Will go back to magazine.

Just finished the trail today to hit highpoint #14 for me. Took about 3 hours for whole trip including also adding signal hill trail at the halfway point. Views from the North Rim were spectacular. Trail is very straight forward and easy enough for all experience levels. Overall an amazing trail to use if looking for a great way to spend the day at Mount Magazine State Park.

The loop consists of three trails, the North Rim Trail, Mossback Ridge Trail and Greenfield Trail. We hiked it in reverse to traverse the biggest elevation changes at the beginning. We enjoyed it and met a couple of other groups of hikers who seemed more interested in our Great Pyrenees than the views on the North Rim. Beautiful views and lovely weather.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

The trail is an easy walk with a slight elevation. There is a geocache near the highest point in Arkansas. Other trails crossed the path in confusing ways so a map was very useful. It rained earlier in the day so many areas were muddy. There are no grand views from this trail but the Lodge nearby has an amazing restaurant with breathtaking views. We saw squirrels and chipmunks and almost caught sight of something bigger along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

So when i walked this trail today, I renamed this trail "Mudback Ridge Trail" in my mind. The moss is dried up, so when trodded on it turned the ground easily into muddy and not mossy. If you like feeling like you are in the middle of the woods this is a good trail for that. Since you are in the middle of the woods there was no scenic views.

The North Rim trail was a good hike. The trail had a lot of big rocks in it. I'm glad that i was wearing my hiking boots because I could have had a few possible ankle rolls. From the cliff side I could see the forrest floor really well because it is winter time and there is no tree foliage. Unfortunatley, there was no critters for me to spy on from above.

Nice easy trail. No views from the top- it is a clearing in the forest. The stone patio in the shape of Arkansas with the river and different geographic areas represented by different stones was neat to see but you may not appreciate it unless you look to see it. My kids got excited about the geography representation in the patio there.

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