Explore the most popular trails in Village Creek 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.

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.

Awesome trail! Definitely coming back to this one

Great hike with easy and moderate portions. The swinging bridge is out. You may have to cross some water. Most of the trails are wide and easily defined. At the end of the Military Road, you will take the bike path back toward the open field and baseball field, which is near the visitor center.

Nice short easy hike. It’s great for children too.

This is a nice easy hike. The Trail of Tears occupies 1.5 miles of this trail. Relatively smooth which makes it easy for jogging. Trail path is wide and relatively clear.

Nice park with friendly staff. the trails are decent. I found the trail markings to be lacking, honestly. it was kind of a guessing game on the trail head and what route was what along the trail. if they fixed that I would give a higher review.

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over grown
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2 months ago

Nice, short trail.

Nice easy trail. Very wide mostly shaded

3 months ago

Did the trail with friends today. Great day and trails very well maintained. Highly recommend

3 months ago

Easy trail. Very shaded. Great hike

3 months ago

This was a great trail. Well marked. Mostly open trail. Shady.

5 months ago

Short hike, but fun, also has a portion of the trail of tears along it.

5 months ago

Excellent trail with nice features especially the worn military road/trail of tears. Wanted to do the longer trail but was flooded out. I think best hiked counter clockwise.

7 months ago

This was an awesome little trail, took my nearly 4yo grandson and we had a blast, some good climbs but very fun, also did the arboretum trail which was interesting with the trees and there names, and the Austell trail which was definitely the most challenging of the three trails that we hiked today, the views were great during leaf off

Great hike. We started on the lower loop end and rounded back up to the upper loop. Well worth the time. Great scenery.

on Village Creek Trail

11 months ago

Hiked around 8 miles here last month. Trails were well maintained and fun to hike. Prepare for insects, pulled several ticks off my dog and had some chigger bites myself, seems I should have prepared a little better. Will definitely be returning, great little park.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

I love running these trails. The review shows 4.0 Miles, but there’s actually 15+ Miles. There are well-placed signs that guide you through the trails.

horseback riding
Sunday, June 03, 2018

Did 5 of the available miles. It was nice and well maintained.

Monday, January 01, 2018

LOTS of great hiking trails in this beautiful park! Lake Austell Trail from visitor center to dam is delightful, and don't overlook the spur to the picnic area that features numerous bridges -- including a pair of arched bridges -- as the trail rises & falls and weaves in & out following the terrain. The Upper Loop of the Military Road Trail follows a well-preserved portion of the Trail of Tears, while the Lower Loop is probably our most favorite trail segment in the park. And be sure to check out the awesome Swinging Bridge not far down the trail from the Upper/Lower Loop junction. (Segment from Swinging Bridge back to visitor center is also a bike trail, so not nearly as enjoyable for hiking.)

Friday, November 24, 2017

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).

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

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.

Monday, March 06, 2017

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. http://www.arkansasoutside.com/my-ultimate-journeys-first-race-and-first-1st-place-finish-village-creek-25k-race-report/

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!

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