Dogwood Trail is a 2.3 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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: 2.3 km Elevation Gain: 121 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

The trail begins at the dam site overlook area. As the name suggests, flowering dogwood trees abound throughout the area. Spectacular overlooks, beautiful geographic features, and one of the largest bluff shelters found on Beaver Lake can be seen on this trail. The trail crosses the highway and reaches a rest point with a bench, then winds under bluffs before leading back to a trailhead. The trail is rated as moderate in difficulty.

hiking
over grown
scramble
1 day ago

Great couple views of the lake (especially after crossing the road the first time), and really nice forest environment on the first half of it or so with nice lake breezes. Trail is nearly impossible to find on the last half of the loop (soon after crossing the road again) but it’s not too hard to get back to trailhead with GPS. Lots of ticks when you inevitably go off-trail on the second half. Consider doubling back half-way instead of completing the loop.

hiking
over grown
scramble
3 days ago

A nice trail, but unkept right now. It is very steep in spots and will not be passable for casual walkers and smaller children. Quite a few spots where we had to stop and visually search for markers while referring to GPS and map. Both crossings of AR187 have road signs, but the trail is hard to see on both sides of the road. We went counter-clockwise (starting up the stairs from the overlook) and the first half was pretty easy to follow, but after crossing back to the NE side of AR187 it was apparent there had been very little traffic. We almost stepped on a very sizable rattlesnake as we were climbing the service road back to the parking area that was overgrown with grass (chest high). Has great potential, but needs some attention.

hiking
1 month ago

There is no parking during this time. The lots are all blocked off and we couldn’t find anywhere along the road either.

hiking
over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail. Really steep & rocky, but worth it for the views. The second part of the trail, across hwy 187 goes along some beautiful bluff over looks.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Fun hike! Steep rocky trail, hard to see the trail under the leaves but well marked. Takes you to a nice overlook and skirting the bottom of beautiful rock wall.

hiking
7 months ago

There wasn’t any feature or spectacular view to make this trail pay off for me. The quarry was kind of cool, but not my jam.

hiking
7 months ago

A little more difficult than expected. Beautiful trail. Not well marked the last half mile but doable. Excellent

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

The first part of the trail had great views and was easy to follow. Once you cross the highway, the trail disappears and you need to use your phone or a GPS to find your way.

hiking
8 months ago

Overgrown. Hard to find trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Husband and I did this trail. Once you cross the highway for the second part of the trail, it becomes so overgrown that the trail disappears. We were only able to get back because of gps on our phone. We each got about 200 seed ticks on us (not an exaggeration). We are both still recovering from all the bites making the trail not worth it at all. If you're in this area I highly suggest finding a better trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail marker says 2 miles. Really enjoyed the first half of the loop. Beautiful views & scenery. Well worth the hike. Once you crossed the road the second time the trail is not maintained. Hard to find the crossing & stay on the trail because of over growth, if we didn’t have gps we would’ve had trouble. Personally would recommend just turning around once you go to cross the road for the second time, not worth all the seed ticks.

hiking
over grown
8 months ago

Did this trail with 4 kids ages 6-10. Had some steep climbs but beautiful scenery. At the second road crossing it is difficult to find the trail due to overgrowth. The last quarter to half mile is extremely overgrown. We didn't see anyone the whole 2hrs we were on it. Trailhead says 2 miles.

hiking
8 months ago

Parts of trail are very overgrown and hard to follow. Thank god for the gps map on All Trails app.

hiking
over grown
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
Thu May 09 2019

Beautiful hike, some benches along the way to sit and enjoy the view.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Scenic. Wear good shoes. Keep an eye out for trail markers, we missed a couple and had to backtrack. Definitely do it again.

hiking
Sat May 04 2019

Gorgeous scenery. We took our time to take in all the views and get some pictures. We did lose the trail a couple of times, but it was clearly marked in most places. I would definitely go again!

Sun Aug 19 2018

I was disappointed with this trail. It started nice and pretty. then end up having to cross the highway twice. We were unable to locate trail upon second crossing and had to walk highway back. when returning couldn't locate other trail head. the trail had plenty of sharp rocks and some glass so be careful for any 4 legged friends paws.

Thu Jun 07 2018

This is a nice trail to hike. Once you cross the road you walk straight across. We ended up walking the trail across the road backwards. Once you cross the road the trail gets a little more difficult. A walking stick might help on the ip and down parts.

hiking
Sat May 26 2018

Dogwood was a nice trek, took us about an hour to complete. Parking by the dam. We stopped quite a few times for photography. Started off w a few flights of stairs to get into the wooded area. Like other reviews it was a bit confusing once crossing the highway. You would want to walk straight across the Road BUT The entrance is a little bit to the right and the sign was hidden. There were a few times when the trail disappeared but for the most part there were enough trail markers to not get lost. It’s a short loop, but a few tricky parts where I was thankful for my hiking boots. There was a nice part that went behind rocks with water falling off of it, and a few benches for scenic lookouts. We were sad that it was over so quick.

hiking
Sat Apr 21 2018

Beautiful hike while the dogwoods were in bloom. Great overlook of the Lake. Mildly strenuous at first but gets easier once you reach the overlook. Nicely marked!

Sun Mar 18 2018

The trail was great. However, I recommend AllTrails removes fishing from the things to do. There is no place on the hike where you can get close enough to water to fish. Well, unless you scale down an incredibly steep, cliff like overhang.

hiking
Tue Nov 21 2017

Great views and a quick but difficult hike in some places.

hiking
Fri Aug 11 2017

Not well marked when crossing the highway. Not well maintained, a lot of brush on the trail and we all got a lot of chigger bites

Sat Aug 05 2017

If you do the loop, I don't recommend following the trail once you cut back up to the highway. It was very overgrown on that end, and we lost the trail at least twice. Nothing interesting to see on that stretch, either. Awesome overlook and long, beautiful bluff line on the segment that goes across the highway. Worth seeing!

hiking
Sun Jun 19 2016

a gorgeous day for a walk. quiet and secluded tail. very well maintained.

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