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
577 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.

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2 months ago

This trail truly combines with several others hence the fact that it can be 3, 4 or 5 plus in total length. I agree with another review that it is confusing as it is not really marked by the name of the trail. If you start on the East side of the camping area rather than on the north where the trailhead seems to begin and continue to stay to the right at every fork, you will hike the longest distance of 5.6 miles. You will hike the Outlaw Loop, Racers Hill and Sawmill Loop which I think make up Fossil Flats?? There are orange bike blazes throughout since it is primarily a bike trail.

2 months ago

It was a decent trail, but it was difficult to follow. We weren't always sure we were on the right path.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months 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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7 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.

8 months ago

Easy trail some nice creek and rock formations.

8 months ago

hiking
9 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.

9 months ago

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