David's Trail: Panther Bay

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Panther Bay Park

David's Trail: Panther Bay is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Henderson, Arkansas that features a lake 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.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 288 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This woodland trail meanders through Panther Bay Park, and is the middle portion of the 17-mile David’s Trail. Nature surrounds the trail. It passes by Lake Norfork in three places and an eagles nest can be found near the trailhead. The trailhead, located on north side of the park near Highway 101 Bridge, includes restrooms, a pavilion, and a playground. The distance from trailhead to foot of Highway 62 bridge is around 1.8 miles. To return, you can take the trail back or, for slight shorter route, via the paved road across from the marina.

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6 days ago

Such a wonderful little surprise and a great reprieve from the work load I’m up here in Mountain Home to complete. Just a little jaunt a little ways down the trail and my soul felt better. Can’t wait to come back with the right gear and do the entire length.

recorded David's Trail: Panther Bay

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2 months ago

Very well maintained!

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3 months ago

First hike of the new year, trail was in great shape. Watch for the Bald Eagle nest! Awesome sight with her on nest.

recording stopped when we got to Henderson bridge which is halfway we got back at 4:15.

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10 months ago

I hated this trail. Went with my dog 5/22. FULL of growth and not maintained at all. We didn’t make it two miles and were covered with ticks - grass on the trail was up to my knees. Nothing to see either. You could just walk through any woods and get yourself covered in chiggers and ticks and see the same thing. The prettiest thing on this trail is the big stone “David’s Trail” trailhead marker. It was boring and awful. Will never go back.

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Mon Apr 22 2019

Love it!!

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Sat Dec 22 2018

Lovely trail and lakeside experience! Unfortunately, you can hear car noise because of the location. It is, however, close to town and has great lights on the water at night (from the hotel across the way). We have been blessed to see beavers, bald eagles, and turtles (everywhere!) here. Don't miss it, it truly is easy and a good spot!

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Tue Aug 07 2018

Nice, easy walk, Watch for the nesting pair of Bald Eagles.. Hiked this back in 2013..

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Sat Jun 02 2018

Beautiful trail but lots of pebbles and hills. I thoroughly enjoyed this but would not consider this an easy trail but rather moderate. Worth checking out.

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Wed Jan 10 2018

You can hike south 6 miles from Panther Bay down to Robinson Point, ample parking at trailheads either end. Or, you can also hike north across Highway 101, then north on David's Trail along the eastern shore of Lake Norfork. I believe David's Trail is approx 17 miles long (linear) if the Robinson Point loop is included.

Sun Oct 01 2017

nice trail, has a few hills that could be challenging for some but is excellent workout and hiking trail.

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Sat Aug 12 2017

It is well groomed ... pebbles blanket most of the trail. Slight undulations. You never really get into the wild and maintain some degree of contact to a road albeit separated by trees. Best for trail running, particularly for a person who doesn't want to get "too remote" in case something goes wrong. There is a 5k turn around marker for anyone wanting to do cross country running. Going back tomorrow to trail run it. Note: I am from NH. This is not a moderate trail by my standards and I am 6'3" 254lbs. I would grade this as easy unless you run it.

Sun Sep 11 2016

Had sum good views and great if you like ta picnic with picnic tables as Robinson trail which connects on the south end enjoyed it from Robinson Point to Beacon point bridge is bout 7 miles from parking at campground

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Mon Feb 08 2016

Really fun trail with lots of sights to see. Trail was a lot harder than I expected. Lots of hills and switchbacks. Started at Panther Bay and ended at Rocking Chair Resort. Would recommend to anyone but be prepared for a hilly hike.

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