Butterfield Hiking Trail is a 14.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near West Fork, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 14.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,925 feet Route Type: Loop

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The Butterfield Hiking Trail gets its name from the Butterfield Stagecoach. The Butterfield Trail is a looped backpacking trail. It starts at the Devil's Den State Park. Trail maps are available at the Park. A free permit is required. There are many scenic overlooks along the trail and nice rock formations.

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1 day ago

Be careful - saw two large timber rattlesnakes on the trail around mile 8 and mile 10.

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10 days ago

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18 days ago

Great loop that I would not define as hard. We hiked this counterclockwise with a day pack and 2 liters of water. I am not a trail blazer by any means and with a few snack/water stops we finished the trail in 6 hours even with a little exploring along the way. The trail is shaded the entire way and was cool on a 70 degree day. Great river views & rock formations as well as what looks like nice overnight spots if you chose to backpack out. Most sites had fire pits and rock chairs. Plenty of water filter locations if needed. We spotted one huge wild turkey on the backside of the trail but it took off once he heard us.

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20 days ago

We hiked clockwise from the suspension bridge to junction camp the first day. The camp sites along the hike were really pretty cool; some had pre-made rock chairs and fire pits. Most of the trail is well marked, except the very end at creek crossing and camp site E. Butterfield falls is beautiful and you go right through it. The majority of the hike is through the woods with some scenic views this time of the year, but campgrounds are worth taking your time and exploring off trail around the creek. There is a bit of difference between trail mileage and GPS tracking JFYI.

21 days ago

This trail is great for beginning backpackers. we did it in 1 night with 2 teenagers and our 6 month old. Hiked clockwise, stayed at Junction Campground around 10 miles in. Beautiful campsite! Be sure to check in first with Devils Den state park- we got a ticket for leaving our truck in the park. You could make it 2 nights to make the hike easier. There is an absolutely gorgeous campsite 5miles in! Plenty of water spots also.

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23 days ago

Great trail. However it’s not necessarily for beginners. Me and my crew consider ourselves decently in shape, and decided to tackle this for our first real backpacking trip. It was extremely challenging. By the time we got back to the car we thought we were going to die. We even had to drop one person off at the park and go back to get them. Elevation change is rough and it’s not for inexperienced hikers. Some parts of the trail include almost hand over hand climbing. The camping spots are beautiful and terrific, and only saw a few other people. The trail is great! Just do not underestimate it.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

It’s a great hike, second time on this trail, it’s muddy in some sections and rocky in others. Plenty of streams and creeks to refill water. Camping spots are decently clean, I found a little trash from previous hiker but was able to pack it out with us. Overall a good two day hike but can do in a single day if desired.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

We backpacked the loop on a Saturday-Sunday. Trail was mostly empty and had some beautiful scenery. We hiked clockwise and camped at mile marker 9 at an old homestead. The very end of the loop has been re-routed due to a landslide and the blazes lead you up to the campsite and just stop without taking you all the way back to the trailhead. You can walk straight across the campsite and come back to the suspension bridge or you can cut back across the river via the woody plant trail and get back on the original trail and finish the loop properly, which would be my recommendation.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Hiked as a day-hike after a big rain, so crossing the river was.... well, wet! Bring water shoes with you to make that easier. Great views, great workout, plenty of opportunities for water as you are trekking-I would imagine only a few if there hadn’t just been a rain. It was well-marked, only a few times did we second guess ourselves, but those blue blazes stood out well! We made it in about 8.5 hrs with a few stops for taking in views, hydrating, and enjoying each other’s company. We started at the trailhead in the park and found the first mile and last mile to be a little confusing as the trail kind of meanders through some crowded campsites. But it was our first time, so I’m not above admitting navigation error(s). Also, better to rely on this app or an online map rather the one provided at visitor center, as it was photocopied and the font was extremely small.

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rocky
2 months ago

This is an excellent trail! Challenging elevation changes and rewarding views. We backpacked in and camped along the river. Definitely will be back!

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2 months ago

Day hiked (clockwise) on 2/29, GPS came out to 15.6 miles and took right at 6 hours to complete. Whole lot of fun, whole lot of work. Views for the most part are pretty limited, some points of interest around the 4-5 mile markers and 6-8 mile markers (from the BHT trailhead, not Holt Rd trailhead) but other than that there really isn't a whole lot on the trail. Water shouldn't be too much of an issue, I seemed to notice a lot more on the front side than the back, but I don't think you will ever go more than 5 miles without a bigger source available. Some of the bigger better sources seemed around mile markers 4-5, 6-8, and 13 mainly due to proximity to the creek. The trail is marked pretty well with fresh blue blazes, probably could use some more around the midpoint. I doubt the accuracy of the mile markers on the trail, some were only minutes apart, others were like 40 min. Some mile markers were dead on with my GPS, others up to 2 miles off, so I wouldn't take them as 100% accurate. Handful of great camping spots scattered throughout and you can camp anywhere along the trail as well. Honestly with the length, elevation change, quality of trail, and proximity to NWA, this is an awesome training hike. Doing a day hike is a pretty decent undertaking, the 14-15.5 mile trek is a hell of a workout and pushes you just the right amount. It is also a great 2-day trip to get some backpacking experience, really should be utilized more. I will be doing this one more often as 1 and 2 day hikes.

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3 months ago

15.5 mi main trailhead to main trailhead. Solo Day hiked it yesterday in right at 6hrs. Rocky descents were the most challenging part due to the leaf covering. Take your time on them! An ankle injury 7 miles out would not be fun. Otherwise a great loop trail, very few at this distance in the NWA area. Nice views and landscape diversity throughout the hike. Would do again. All trails routes to the Holt Rd trailhead. Keep going a couple miles to get to the Ranger office to obtain your permit.

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3 months ago

Great trail. We found the trail to be well maintained and well marked. My gps, however, measured the trail at 18.2 miles. Lots of established camp sites along the river.

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