Fossil Flats Trail

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Fossil Flats Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Fork, 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
744 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Devil's Den State Park is a 3 to 5 mile loop trail located near Winslow, Arkansas. The trail is primarily used for mountain biking. The flat exposed rock in the creek bed lends this trail its name. Many fossils are visible in the exposed creek bed. The flat exposed rock in the creek bed gives this trail its name. Fossils are found in the creek bed. The trail offers views of the creek and typical Ozark rock formations. You have a choice of a 3, 4, or 5 mile route. The route requires more skill level the longer it gets. There are a total of 11 more trails at the park for horseback riding and hiking.

hiking
1 day ago

We had a great time at Fossil Flats today. It was filled with nature sightings! We saw a black snake (species unknown), a lizard, several butterflies, and two caterpillars. During a brief detour down one of the creek beds, we observed some small fishes and a Whitetail doe. Overall, it was a great hike and a fun time to explore one of our nearby parks!

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2 months ago

Fossil Flats is honestly a great trail. The river, that a good amount of the trail runs along, is absolutely gorgeous and the forest surrounding it, while not offering as much eye candy, offers a very peaceful atmosphere. The hike itself isn't difficult, though there are a few steep areas, but be mindful when preparing to hike this trail (if you're doing the full 6 mile loop that is) that you will have to cross Lee Creek twice, which means getting in the water. During my trip the water was up to about calf high.

All in all, it's a very nice hike and well worth your time it if you plan on visiting Devil's Den.

4 months ago

Easy trail some nice creek and rock formations.

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, the parking lot was very full but we did not encounter very much traffic on the trails. Took the Sawmill Loop and followed the river which is beautiful. I will post a few pictures.
The trail is very rocky in some areas. I suggest bringing a lunch and enjoying near the river.

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5 months ago

I liked this trail a lot. For much of the first half, it follows the creek, with lots of access to it so you can check out all the "flats" and different rock formations. It's an easy hike, and the trail is well-marked. The dog and I hiked the longest option, and I'd recommend the 4-mile Sawmill Loop (the medium-length option). The extra mile added by the Racer's Hill portion isn't anything special (Doc found an armadillo skeleton, so he'd disagree).

Directions get a little murky where the trail joins/intersects the BHT, but it's not too bad. The All Trails app is helpful here, as you can check your location relative to the trail.

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7 months ago

Very unwell marked for runners- bring a map! It's pleasant along the river though.