Alum Cove Trail

MODERATE 85 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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

river

wild flowers

rocky

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

13 days ago

Great trail but a little overgrown.

hiking
21 days 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.

hiking
22 days 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.

1 month ago

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

2 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.

hiking
4 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.

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 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

5 months ago

Great little loop trail with a lot to see.

6 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

Nice little hike

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike but worth the trip.

10 months ago

Cool

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

hiking
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!

hiking
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!

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Dog Friendly. Great Trail. Nice Views.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hiked this short trail with my family on a beautiful late fall day. This is a great little gem that is a fairly easy walk and makes a great afternoon outing. Beautiful and unique area hidden away in a picturesque valley.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

great hike

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