Alum Cove Trail

MODERATE 90 reviews

Alum Cove Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Deer, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
272 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


This trail leads down to one of the largest natural bridges in this part of the country. It is in a beautiful little valley enclosed by a rugged bluff line. The natural bridge is carved from solid rock by a small creek and spans over 130 feet. The trail goes across the natural bridge and then loops

6 days ago

Make sure to do the entire loop! There are some cool caves along the trail. The natural bridge was very cool to see. Was not crowded at all on a Sat or Sun. we went back after we discovered we didn't finish the loop. Took me and husband 40 mins to do entire loop.

14 days ago

This little trail has a lot to offer, especially for novice hikers or families. It's relatively short and easy with some really cool features. There's the amazing natural bridge that you can walk across and then take a trail spur to go underneath it. I imagine many people just go to the bridge and head back up to the parking lot without taking the rest of the trail. But the rest of the trail takes you down to a nice little stream and then some really cool bluffs with overhangs and caves. For a beginning hiker, be aware there is some elevation change (climbing back up), but it is not super steep and there are some nice benches along the way if you want to stop and catch your breath or just enjoy the outdoors for a while. I did notice poison ivy along the edge of the trail on the loop part taking you down to the bluffs, so watch out. But if you stay on the path you should be fine.

We've been on this trail twice and it is never very busy. I think it is relatively unknown to most people. It should get a little more attention. There's a really nice picnic area in a pretty shaded spot, large parking lot and restroom.

2 months ago

Great trail but a little overgrown.

2 months ago

My 11yr old son and I did this hike on a Monday evening. There were only a couple of other people on the trail so not bad. We did not have cell service in this area. The natural bridges were really cool. The big one (the one you walk over at the beginning) is pretty amazing underneath. I rated this trail 3 stars because it did seem to be more overgrown on parts of the trail and I did feel like there could be better trail markings. We actually missed the trail just beyond one of the smaller natural bridges and took off on what looked like a trail (and obviously other people had thought the same) before it came to a pretty overgrown dead end. We retraced our steps and realized we had completely missed the actual trail which seemed pretty obvious when we got there because it had steps. The couple behind us had missed it too. Besides that little misstep, it was a nice short hike and took maybe 35-45 minutes total.

2 months ago

This was a neat, easy trail with cool features to explore. Will come back in the fall or spring when the creek is flowing, but it was fun even in the dry summer.

3 months ago

One of my new favorites...great formations...hardwood forest...well maintained trail

3 months ago

I took my three nephews and niece on this hike (ages 3-11). They ranked it the best hike ever! They loved getting to climb on the rocks and explore the little caves. I was thinking about all the poison ivy, ticks, and snakes ;) The trail was narrow and there was several trails with no signs which way was the loop so I’m not sure we saw the whole thing. Overall enjoyed it but next time will come back after a freeze in the winter.

5 months ago

This was a nice, short hike with several interesting features: a natural bridge, a pretty creek, interesting bluffs, a cave, and frequent benches providing great places to sit, have a snack, and enjoy God's creation. We were early in the season and during the week, so had the place to ourselves. Definitely worth your time.

7 months ago

Cool caves and water features if it has rained in the past week or so.

7 months ago

Very beautiful under the bridge! We were able to get a few photos for our brand and we hid some packages out there. Let us know if you find them

7 months ago

Great little loop trail with a lot to see.

8 months ago

Nice hike. It was worth hiking the loop. Several frozen waterfalls.

10 months ago

Lovely. The bridge and caves are surely interesting. Great for kids or those looking for not too much of a challenge.

10 months ago

Nice little hike

11 months ago

Short hike but worth the trip.

Monday, September 25, 2017


Monday, September 04, 2017

Nice little trail, the Rock formations and small caves were really neat to explore.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Neat little trail. Great views...

Saturday, August 05, 2017

We came to this trail in August 2017. Weather was actually very nice. 76*. Trail needed a good grooming and as we came up to the top of the bridge we were a bit underwhelmed; however underneath the bridge was quite neat! We did not go down to the cave this trip but are planning to come back in the spring! Would love to see this with water. Grounds were clean great place to picnic.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Natural Bridge was really amazing! It rained quite a lot so the waterfall was also great! It's an easy hike! Definitely happy we went!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

My favorite trail so far! Lots to see. Natural Bridge and caves are awesome!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

This is a great little 1.5 hr hike. (It will take that long with all the cool stuff to look at)! Take the whole loop...the "natural bridge area" is not even the best parts!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dog Friendly. Great Trail. Nice Views.

Monday, March 20, 2017

We really enjoyed this trail. The natural bridge is pretty amazing and there is a lovely stream and cool overhang caves to wander through on the bluff when you take the full loop. The trailhead has a really nice picnic area, ample parking and toilets available. Be aware -- we almost missed this trail because the directions online said to go 1 mile on 327. Wrong. It's 3 miles after you turn off of Hwy 16.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A great hike for this with kiddos.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Having just spent a few hours hiking another trail, we chose to just loop around and under the bridge and head back out. Amazing! We'll have to come back some time and check out the rest of the trail.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

We LOVED this trail. It's probably one of my new favorites because it had it all: several (one giant) natural bridges that you can access from above and below, a beautiful waterfall, amazing rock formations/bluffs, caves, and beautiful greenery and river/creek areas that you cross. Beautiful, and fun- the right length for kids or pets too! We'll be back for sure.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

trail in March. Well was hoping for warmer weather but it was amazing with little snow on the ground. had a great hike.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Nice geological land features, natural bridge

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Found this trail while passing through AR. Nice hike with great scenery.

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