Gorley King Trail

HARD 2 reviews
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Gorley King Trail is a 6.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Banyard, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

This trail is a bit rough (lots of rocks and fallen trees, hard to find/follow at times), and I wouldn't recommend it if you're just looking for a pleasant stroll in the woods. If you're feeling intrepid, however, you will be rewarded!

The trail starts from the Horse Camp in Devil's Den, and is, in fact, a horse trail. It joins with the Vista Point trail and/or the BHT at times. The trail is well-marked and easy to follow.. except when it isn't. If I hadn't had the dog with me, I would definitely wandered a bit more. He knows exactly where he's going, though, and I had only a handful of frustrating/worrisome moments. The lack of leaves helped a lot, and you may want to consider this horses-only in the summer!

There's a map and description of the trail on the Devil's Den website. We ended up following the trail counter-clockwise (opposite the description), and I would recommend going this way. There are three natural bridges in the area, and Lees Creek is stunning, as are the views from the Holt Ridge Overlook. There are a few small caves to explore as well, and probably some more neat spots on the creek that we didn't get to.

NOTE: you will cross the creek 4 times. I would not try this in high water. Regardless, you're going to get your feet wet on at least two of the crossings.