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 is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.3 kmElevation gain122 mRoute typeLoop
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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.

Restrooms available at the trailhead at the dam site overlook.

Chief Ranger, 2260 North 2nd, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 636-1210

From Eureka Springs, Arkansas, take Highway 62 West and travel just over 4 miles. Turn left on Highway 187 and continue for about 6 miles. Take the first right after crossing the dam and follow signs to the campground.

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Missy Bogard
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Dog wood trail to/from the pines campground

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Trent Thompson
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Great! Beautiful ridge with springs running over that you could walk under

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Olivia Nadine
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Gorgeous views, loved the inclines. 9 year old made it with minimal complaints and no help.

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Lenora LaVictoire
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Closed until April 1

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Nicole Chervenyak
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Mostly marked, along bluff line trail markers are marginal but recorded on here so easy to know when off trail. Cool bluffs, some lake views wouldn’t do in the late spring or summer or fall for that matter as there is lots of high grass in parts. High grass = bugs and chiggers oh my lol

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Amanda F.
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Gate closed. The trail closed November to March FYI. Wasted drive.

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David Doyle
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Gate at bottom of hill leading to the trail was closed. WFT? Wasted drive.

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Lisa Chachula
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Hiking

Beautiful and interesting fall walk

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Katie Jacks
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Some parts of the trail were a bit overgrown. There were a few spots that were pretty rocky, but not terribly difficult to maneuver. There were lots of spider webs we had to get through. Overall it was a great hike with beautiful scenery and a great workout too!

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Ryan Sullivan
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The place where you park is very pretty. has a beautiful overlook of the dam. The trail itself is overgrown and poorly marked. at one point you cross a highway and then have to cross back and that specific point could be marked better.

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Tana Moss
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More difficult than expected. No views of the lake. Foliage blocking all the views. Very steep, rock climbing type incline right in the middle and the last part of trail is just a power line that’s over grown and full of chiggers and ticks! Liked the challenge but not what I was looking for.

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Jenny Stanford
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Definitely not kid-friendly and very over grown in places. Was a lovely hike though with some nice up and down climbs.

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Danna Garland
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Some very steep ascents & descents; shelter bluff was impressive. Some places very challenging but worth it. Would not recommend young children. Some parts very overgrown with tall grass-don’t forget insect repellent!

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Craig Smith
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went to counterclockwise, which I think is the best way to go. and a couple of steep climbs I would not have want to descend if we were going the other direction. Hiked after a night of rain and during some late rain. Glad we had our trekking poles.

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Hillary Townsley
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Overgrown. Very poorly marked. We would’ve been in big trouble if it weren’t for the app. App says 1.4 miles. The sign says 2 miles. It was hard. Don’t take little kids. Pretty shelter caves.

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Jana McKowen DeShay
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Scenery was pretty for most part but trail was very hard to follow. Poorly marked. Lots of ticks!

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Charmion Harris
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HikingBugsOver grown

Very nice trail, lots of shade and beautiful scenery. Those with ankle knee or hip issues, will find difficulty in the step up hills and down hills. Trail is overgrown in some places, look for flags and use your GPS to follow along with all trails to get you back on track when needed. We went right on the loop and it was easier to find.

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Jenny Copening
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Over grown

Trail is very overgrown in places making it difficult to know which way to go. Also, we were COVERED in ticks by the time we did the whole loop. I would not recommend this trail.

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Darin Many
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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.

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

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Chesney Ward
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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.

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