Here you can enjoy the unique geology of Crowley's Ridge, a landform of rolling hills in eastern Arkansas's Mississippi Alluvial Plain. A geologic anomaly, the ridge is covered with a lush hardwood forest featuring oak, sugar maple, beech, butternut, and tulip poplar. Park interpretive programs and exhibits share the story of the natural and cultural heritage of Crowley's Ridge. Five park trails totaling seven miles allow hikers the opportunity to explore this forest on their own, or on a guided trail walk with a park interpreter. Anglers can fish for bass, bream, catfish, and crappie at the park's two lakes, Lake Austell and Lake Dunn. Launch ramps, boat docks, bait, fishing boats, electric motors, and pedal boats are available late-spring through Labor Day. The park campground includes 96 campsites [24 Class AAA, five Class A, and 67 Class B sites (for RVs, tents, and horse campers)] around Lake Dunn. Nestled on a nearby ridge are the park's 10 fully-equipped cabins that feature kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces. At Lake Austell, picnic sites are situated near a sandy beach and sun deck. The park also includes four standard pavilions (one is enclosed), playgrounds, baseball and multi-use fields, and a driving range. Horseback riding is a popular activity at this park, the second largest in land area in Arkansas's state park system. Twenty-five miles of multi-use trails wind through the rolling hills and unique hardwood forest of Crowley's Ridge. The horse trails are open throughout the year. Call the park for current trail conditions. The horse camp features 30 campsites with water and electric hookups, an asphalt parking pad, picnic table and grill; a modern bathhouse; horse wash bays and 66 stalls inside the camping area. The horse stable's 10' x 10' stalls with water, electric, and ceiling fans. The park visitor center includes an A/V theater, store, gift shop, and bicycle rentals. The interpretive center offers a large meeting facility and The Discovery Room that features exhibits of prehistoric artifacts and information about the wildlife of Crowley's Ridge. Interpreters offer programs, concerts, and special events throughout the year.

16 days ago

This park has a lot of trails (some shared with horses and bikes). I started on Dunn's lake trail and follow south to 13, 11 and then came back by H and 12 marks, it gave me at least 5miles (not bad at all).

3 months ago

This trail had some gorgeous scenery! Everywhere you looked there was creeks running through and rolling hills. Walking on parts of the actual Trail of Tears was pretty moving. We picked a great day and the weather was perfect. Most of the trail is covered in the shade. Also, beware of spiders!! We ran into several webs while hiking the trails. Also a pretty place to kayak and boat. We tried to paddle boat but they were all closed :( over all a great easy trail that I would recommend

6 months ago

This is a nice hike on the easier side of moderate, but it is actually a compilation of several trails. From the Visitor Center, start on the Austell Trail. The Austell Trail connects the Visitor Center with the Lake Austell area, and it features some nice loess topography with only a couple of steep areas. Upon reaching Lake Austell, pick up the Military Road Trail, which partially follows the Memphis-Little Rock Road built in the 1820's. Some of the Cherokee were forcibly marched down this road during the Trail of Tears. After crossing the swinging bridge, you enter the newest part of the trail system, which is shared with mountain bikers. This segment brings you back to the Visitor Center.

6 months ago

9 months ago

Nice hilly hike with no rocks. Also nice education on the Trail of Tears.

trail running
Sunday, November 13, 2016

This park is truly a hidden gem in NE Arkansas. Muckas Running Club hosts the Village Creek 10k/25k Trail Run(Facebook) annually in January. There are roughly 26 miles of marked trail, and right at 12 miles of pavement. The trail system will take you along, upon, and over Crowleys Ridge. No rocks, a few roots, leaves, and the chance to experience ridgelines, creek bottom hardwoods, and about 2300ft in elevation gain. The race course markings are Single track course, the 25K is an out and back route starting at the bicycle entrance to the following markers 13,14,11,10,16,17,18, north past 19 towards 20 where you will reach the turnaround. The 10k will follow markers 13,14,11,10,9,7,6,12,13, and back to the bicycle entrance. - Read about the race route here.

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sunday, June 05, 2016

This trail is mostly covered, making it great for hot days. The trail meets a creek on several occasions. The swinging bridge is a little out of the way, but totally worth the detour. It's a perfect place for a lunch. I did see a lot of human litter, which is depressing.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

I like this trail. It's fairly easy, but long enough to get a work out. We take our dogs & they love it too!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hubby and i took the kids (8 &2) and hiked a total of about 10 miles the first day and another 3 or 4 the next. Village creek has a bunch of trails. All moderate or easy. We had a great time! Lots of stairs on the hills though, so if you're one with knee or foot issues .. Fair warning. Not difficult or anything but just a heads up.

Friday, January 01, 2016

The second largest state park in Arkansas, Village Creek, is home to several awesome trails that wind through the unique geology of Crowley's Ridge. The Arboretum and Big Ben Nature trails are two easy hikes which begin on opposite sides of the main parking lot at the visitor's center.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Nice trail.

Friday, August 21, 2015

The scenery was beautiful. I hiked the Old Military Road Trail which includes a preserved portion of the Trail of Tears. There are a lot of historical markers with good information that I enjoyed reading. It was more a moderate trail not easy. The swinging bridge is about a quarter mile past where the loop turns back toward the lake, just before junction 14 - defiantly worth a few extra steps.