David's Trail: Red Bank to Bidwell Point

HARD 4 reviews

David's Trail: Red Bank to Bidwell Point is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gamaliel, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,122 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly


nature trips

bird watching





wild flowers



historic site

Excellent, all-purpose trail ideal for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and walking. Rolling elevations, parallels winding lake shore, woods and lake views. Wide, 4-foot width reduces ticks & chiggers risk in summer. The northern half of this section is challenging, with steep terrain and rough tread, and two short steep ravine crossings have ropes tied to boulders to assist hikers. Middle stretch follows old roads through the Seward Point Wildlife Management Area. The southern half of this 9.4 mile stretch is easier and tread quality is better. There are some historic foundations of old homesteads, including an old fashioned stone well. Five trailheads on this 9-mile stretch: Red Bank, Driftwood Lane, County Road 817, County Road 812, and Bidwell Point Park. The CR812 trailhead is a rough road, limited parking.

private property
4 months ago

Nice wide trail with mixed terrain. Disappointed to see the trail blocked with the construction of a trolley to a boat dock near the rocks with ropes. Moving cables and electrical stuff makes it dangerous. Other than that, I would rate it moderate outside of distance.

9 months ago

Started at Bidwell Park as I wanted to do an out and back, glad I did. The first 4 miles was easy but at times difficult to find the trail due to the leaves being so thick. At about the 4 mile mark there is a ravine with an elevated track system that you must climb over, and then not too much further another ravine with ropes attached for climbing. Not difficult to handle but I welcomed the assistance. Army Corp has no markings to show the start of the trail, so trust the map and recordings of others. It is on the opposite side of the highway. All in all I think the hike was easy except for the little bit of climbing that some might find intimidating. This short section at the 4 mile mark would be difficult for people on bikes as they would have to be carried.

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