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Bufflehead Bay Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Roland, Arkansas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 16 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Walking Bird watching Beach Lake Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Lake Maumelle is a major water source for the Little Rock area. Central Arkansas Water owns the lake. This little-known trail is a short, easy, out-and-back trail of about 1.4 miles (0.7-miles each way). The trail is asphalt for the first 0.2 miles and offers views of the Jolly Roger's Marina, wildflowers, and birding opportunities. At the end of the asphalt path, the trail continues another 0.5-miles to a peninsula offering great views across Lake Maumelle. The Audubon Society of Central Arkansas has built an observation deck at the end of the trail for bird observing. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt and then turns to natural surface. The paved section is typically at least four feet wide. The width for the natural surface section is unknown. The estimated grade for the entire trail is flat (all 1% or less). There are benches by the water for resting.

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Arkansas Game & Fish Commission - www.agfc.com Central Arkansas Water - www.carkw.com

From Little Rock, go west on Hwy. 10. Go 0.3 mile past the entrance to Jolly Roger’s Marina and take the drive to the right to a parking area. Walk along the paved path going toward the lake (north) to an information sign and the start of Bufflehead Bay Trail.

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Jesse N
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Hiking

cool smooth trail goes along a river bank with a lot of seating and great lake views.

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Jamikhan Wilson
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This is a beautiful trail and I absolutely fell in love with it especially the bird watching view!

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Kyle Wagner
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Nice little walk if you are looking for something quick. The only thing I would say bad is watch out for ticks. You will need to check yourself throughly.

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Linda Green
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Hiking

Easy mostly paved walk around lake shore. Marina folks can be heard the entire trail so wasn't quiet on our visit. Pup loved it.

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Sarah Alt
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Nice little hike for kids. Took my kids and my niece for a little mid-day stroll. It was a great little trail for a short notice hike.

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Joe Byers
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This is a nice trail to take young kids on. We saw several types of water birds. The highlight was getting a flyover from an eagle!

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Brian Eddins
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Solitude is the norm on this little trail. There is a nice parking area at the trailhead just off of Hwy 10. The first 0.2-miles of trail is paved and seems a bit unkept and unused. This trail has apparently been there for quite a while. I don't know if the wildflowers were planted, or if they grew naturally, but the paved path has tons of impressive wildflowers on both sides of the wide path. At the end of the paved path, the path continues another 0.3-miles to an observation deck at a point on the lake. Signage at the deck indicates that deck was built by the Audubon Society of Central Arkansas. I've never seen anyone else on this trail. So if you are looking for solitude, this is a nice little trail. And there is much potential for the trail to be continued along the lakeside.

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Roger Stipe
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Bob Henry
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Tånya Reddin
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Carrie Gage
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Forrest Whichard
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Jenna Gaskin
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Natalie Snow
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Brian Eddins
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