Explore the most popular trails in Mount Nebo 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.

Rising 1,350 feet, Mount Nebo offers sweeping views of the Arkansas River Valley. In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and pavilions. The park offers 34 campsites (24 Class B; 10 Hike-in Tent sites) [no dump station] and 14 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens. Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the 4 1/2-mile Bench Trail is a fairly level route encircling the side of 1,850-foot Mount Nebo. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you'll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family's first mountain biking adventure. You can choose from primitive campsites located at intervals along the Bench Trail, or stay in the park campground.

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rocky
1 month ago

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1 month ago

Incredible views for the duration of the trail. Fairly moderate, only a couple areas where I was a bit nervous due to fear of heights.

I hiked the rim trail and enjoyed it, I didn't find it too strenuous. And how the deer are so used to humans. I bet I came within 25 feet of a big herd of about 12. My only dissapointment was you see a lot of commercialism houses, power lines, etc. on about half the trip. Too the falling rock area is a sight to behold.

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1 month ago

Long but easy trail. Nice views all throughout the trail.

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rocky
1 month ago

My daughter, her boyfriend, and I hiked the rim trail on 3/8/19. Very interesting drive up the Nebo mountain, with an 18%grade and 11 switchbacks! We started at the Visitor Center and went clockwise on the trail. It’s somewhat rocky at the start, but easy steps (put in place by the CCCs in the FDR era) mostly. The views were outstanding at MANY points. If you want to avoid civilization, this is not your trail, as the trail runs below a number of homes, park cabins, and park features (like the pool). But if you want huge vistas, a waterfall, and 3+ mile trail, without a lot of vertical climbing, then don’t miss this trail!

hiking
3 months ago

I hiked this trail on Xmas Eve. Always a good walk. I retired an old hiking stick on the trail. I left it at the intersection of the bench trail and the waterfall trail. Maybe it will help someone get to the top of the falls.

5 months ago

Lovely November hike with my two Greyhounds!

hiking
5 months ago

This is a really beautiful trail. There are some climbing parts. We started near the waterfall instead of at the visitor center, so then the visitor center was mid-way if we needed bathrooms or to pick up anything. We logged it a little longer than the 3.2.

5 months ago

This is an easy and peaceful trail. It is nice to see old springs that our ancestors used as a source for water.

Leaves were beautiful today. The hickories were a gorgeous yellow and the gums (I think) were bright red. A lot of trees are still green, but I thought it made the colors pop and stand out. Good week to get up there!

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5 months ago

Definitely more challenging than the bench trail down below. Some great views all over the mountain.

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6 months ago

It was great ! We met several other hikers along the way . There were areas where the trail wasn’t that wide close to cliffs . I am 56 and new to hiking . My wife and daughter joined me in the hike . To be quite honest it was a little bit more than I expected . However we pushed through and found ourselves tired and sore , but it was worth it ! Spectacular views

hiking
7 months ago

moderate.

This is a great Trail if you want to do some incline and some decline. A walking stick might be really helpful. I noticed that there are a lot of boulder fields around this trail.

mountain biking
7 months ago

My husband and I jumped in this trail right before Sunset point. To the right, there is an entrance. The initial downhill on bike was intimidating for me, but my husband loved it. He is an experienced biker. The trail is mostly dirt with some areas that are rocky. You can walk those with your bike, if intimidating. Whole trail is covered with trees.
The trail as a whole was excellent for mountain biking. The rating of easy to moderate is accurate. Enjoyed the history along the trail. Finished the loop on bike in approximately 45 min, in the rain.
Would definitely do again. Bringing our teenagers next time!

hiking
7 months ago

We hiked the Rim Trail with a detour along the Summit Trail. There was no interpretive guide at the ranger station, in fact the ranger knew nothing about one. The trail can be confusing as there are spurs to springs and to other trails, but all are marked with the same red blazes. Definitely has some challenging parts, but nothing dangerous.

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8 months ago

I probably wouldn’t do the summit trail again, there is one section that has three different trails you can take, all marked red, but only one follows the map. Also, the bottom had a very snaky looking area with an algae pond and lots of vegetation on the trail. It was a good workout climbing back up...although I wish it was more maintained.

If not long, it is a challenge. Map can be confusing. Use care in deciphering the route. Toward the end, trail requires some challenging, hands-on climbing. Some trail markers not clear. But lots of variety. Glad we did it.

on Bench Trail

8 months ago

Easy hike under the tree canopy. Saw a deer on the trail as well as squirrels, plenty of birds, lizards, and only one snake (which was fine with me)

8 months ago

Have to say this trail was a bit of a disappointment after the amazing trip on the rim trail. To me it was too much like walking up my dirt road. Saying that it was wide and relatively easy and I wasn’t as worried about seeing a snake. There aren’t a lot of views on the trail but there is lots of history. Would love for the park to someday bring some of that history to life. I did find that part interesting. Was surprised to see Fern lake on the path but really wish they would consider cleaning it up a bit. All in all it is a good workout just not as exciting since their weren’t as many views. I did love getting a view of the rim trail to see how high I was the day before.

We hiked this trail last weekend. It is by far one of my favorites. So many beautiful views even in the middle of summer. There was just enough challenge without being too hard. I don’t recommend bringing pets or young children to this one but is absolutely AMAZING!

great for novice hikers. Great views along the entire rim of beautiful Mt Nebo.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is well maintained and marked. Connects to multiple overlooks and bluffs with rest areas and trash disposal. Views are gorgeous. Well worth the hike.

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10 months ago

Beautiful rocky trail with a few climbs and ledges. Passed some of the park cabins and residences. Mix of bluffs, forest and rocky areas. A little ledgy in spots but not bad. Definitely worth the hike at this beautiful state park.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I removed 1 star because of all the broken glass on trail. The park needs to prohibit glass containers - this is the worst litter that I’ve experienced and such a busy trail! Beautiful views!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Nice trail. Very well maintained. Some very good views of surrounding area.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It is a very strenuous trail but there are amazing views! I think it is easier to go right in the beginning than to go left.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Great views!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Great views on all of the trail. Nice waterfall when flowing. Deer and other wildlife. Stop on sunset point to watch the sun drop behind the adjacent mountains. May even see a hang glider launch on a couple of places.

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Nice, easy trail that’s good for the whole family.

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