Bench Trail

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Bench Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dardanelle, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

3.6 miles
367 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




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Waterfall trail ending at Gum Springs. Developed by the CCC in the 1930's using only hand labor and mules, this trail passes the seasonal waterfall en route from the Waterfall Overlook to Gum Springs.

1 month ago

Great, easy trail! Mt.Nebo is our go to place to get away. We love the campsites, sunrise and sunset points, and this trail is a nice way to spend several hours at this park.

2 months ago

This Trail was nice and easy with a wide road to walk on. in the winter time that we walked the leaves were gone and the views were still nice. if you were to walk it in the summer I don't think you would have of you of your surroundings and the valley.

4 months ago

Fairly easy trail mostly under the tree canopy. Lots of historical points including Fern Lake, CCC Campsites, and multiple springs. Follows the path of what used to be a road called Bench Boulevard. Nice way to spend an hour or two.

7 months ago

Amazing views!! Wildlife everywhere!! Take your camera and tons of water!!! One of my favorites!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

This trail was a nice walk but needs to be changed to Dardenelle not Vilonia

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

We really enjoyed it. Really pretty, we went when all the trees were bare and you could see a lot of the scenery. We even carried my 2 year old granddaughter! It got a bit tiring towards the end and a little rougher than what we usually take her on but over all a great trail. It takes you right by the gift shop/ info center, which was nice to stop in and look around.

Monday, October 05, 2015

This is our favorite campgrounds for those living in Central Arkansas. Plenty of trails with awesome scenery for all ages and hiking levels.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Our campsite was right next to the edge of the ridge, so we were treated to an amazing view. There were trees close enough together to set up our hammocks for sleeping. The site's price was very reasonable, and the visitor center takes cards. The visitor's center also has basic supplies in case you forget matches like I did. The pool even has a shower facility which was much appreciated after a day of hiking in July.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Very simple gravel road type trail that goes through the woods around the mountain about 100-200 ft below the Rim Trail. There are a few spots where you can see the view through the trees, and there are a few interesting "info" signs where you can see some of the springs the original residents on Mount Nebo used. Other than that, there is not much to see.

Since this trail is a few hundred feet below the main camping area, be prepared for a strenuous hike up towards the end of the trail or at one of the many side trails. The side trail that we went up towards the visitor center felt like the path the Gollum leads Sam and Frodo up on the way to Shelob's Lair (very steep!)

Monday, May 04, 2015

Really pretty trail with a light waterfall that you can walk behind from the cliffs above. There are also small waterfalls along the creek that runs down the mountain along the trail. A bit of a view here and there off the mountain. The hike down is great and very easy, but the hike back up (to get back to the trailhead) is very strenuous, requiring breaks. Go during spring or fall when the water is going.

Monday, May 04, 2015

We loved camping on the edge of the mountain with excellent views! Campsite #17 is our favorite, with 16 and 14 being wonderful as well. You just can't beat the view of the mountains, valleys, and Dardanelle Lake below. Make sure you reserve ahead for the weekend. However, it does get noisy at the pavilion next door on the weekends due to weddings and events.

Monday, May 04, 2015

This trail is an easy one. It did take us about two hours to complete, but the entire trail is a wide road with small up & down hills here and there. It is level for the majority of the hike though. It is a walk around the entire mountain through the woods, not much room to view anything through the trees. But it was pretty in springtime, and the cool weather was wonderful. Little squirrels and butterflies along the way. :)

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

wife and I, love it!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

This was a very peaceful hike. Some pretty views here and there but mostly you are in the woods and well shaded most of the time. There are some steep trails that shoot off from this one if you want to give them a try. My dog and I went almost all the way up one of them but it got pretty treacherous and I was worried he would fall, so we headed back. The bench trail itself was easy though. Great place to walk your dog.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This trail was easy for our group. The trail being an old road made it wide and comfortable for our children, ranging from 1 - 10. The springs made good cool off points to soak our togs. Not many views, few historical landmarks made it an interesting hike. I would recommend for families and beginners.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Not much to see other than wildlife and a couple of springs that were used by the early settlers.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A quick hike to 535ft in elevation, it's the highest point in Louisiana. Well maintained. It's worth signing in at the top, and taking the short trail that leads to a bench and a view.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The rim trail is an easy day hike with spectacular views along most of the path. If you end up directly in someone's backyard, its because the path drops down below the cliffs. Although I am partial to those cliffs as its there I got engaged

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Great views, great hiking, great sunsets. nice campground. Primitive backpack camps also available.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This trail is a simple walk around the mountain that follows an old road. CCC built the primitive campsites of which their is 10. Several spur trails take you to a number of springs. Very little views, but some on the north and northeast part of the trail.

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