Kingfisher Trail

MODERATE 59 reviews
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Kingfisher Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fayetteville, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

2.9 miles
246 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


Primarily a hiking trail but Horses are allowed as well. The Scouts did a great job when they made this trail.

1 month ago

needs a little TLC. fun to do but nothing spectacular.

2 months ago

It's a nice enough trail, with plenty of great views of the lake, but it also basically runs through several backyards (or at least close enough to the houses that you feel like you're in their backyard) and a few of them make it apparent that your presence isn't necessarily appreciated. Though, that was just my takeaway, so your mileage may vary on how worthwhile the trail is.

2 months ago

Good trail along the lake. I agree with others that it was kind of hard to follow at times, could have been because it was mostly covered with leaves. There were a few houses at different points and a nice little picnic area with a table. The first little bit of the trail is alongside the highway but in the woods. Others that we passed on the trail said they had seen eagles! As an avid hiker I would rate this as easy and not real strenuous. Nice walk through the woods though!

trail running
2 months ago

beautiful trail. good incline. a little hard to follow at times, especially with all the leaves and the turn around point was confusing but overall it was a good run for 3 mile trail.

6 months ago

Good incline and a good way to get your heart rate up while hiking. The overall trail was a bit overgrown and someone built a house at the end. I was hoping there was an overlook but the trees were to thick. Probably hiking in winter/late fall would be the prettiest. Pretty trail, though.

10 months ago

pretty chill, not much elevation gain/loss. second quarter is kinda unkempt, the rest is great. ok views of the lake. the ticks are in full swing

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Nice and rainy hike.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Could use some clean up but overall a great hike.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Not maintained at all!! I didn't feel comfortable doing it with two kids. We did 5 minutes and then turned around.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Not sure I would call this a trail. Once I finally found the trailhead, we gave it about a 1/4 of a mile in and it was so overgrown that we turned around and went to the other trail...see that review on that trail!

Friday, March 03, 2017

This is a really nice little trail. It's short, but could be combined with the others near the lake for a good session of hiking.

It starts out next to the road and runs right next to it for longer than I'd have liked, but then it goes a bit deeper into the trees and is really pleasant. The little loop at the end is basically in back yards. A gorgeous (and friendly) Great Pyrenees came out to say "hello" - my dog loves everyone, but do be aware of the proximity to houses and resident pets if your furry buddy is picky about meeting new friends.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Nice trail for my morning hike. The first half to the end was near the road and I was a little disappointed, but the second half (after the clearing with the picnic table) I really liked! There was a more remote feel to it and even a little bridge to cross.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wonderful trail in any season.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

a little over grown, but nice and feels remote. on 9/12/16 I was out and smelled a bear and there was an enormous bear poop in the middle of trail. just a heads up!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Sunday, February 21, 2016

We hiked this trail last week. It was a bit slow going in that it was just a path along the road but once we got into it it was a nice hike. When we got to the end it wasn't marked well as to where to go but we found our way back. lol Nice hike though.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Great hike for fall/winter. I would be a little concerned about snakes in the summer. Trail seems like it could potentially be overgrown and is somewhat close to the water. Otherwise, great hike, easy to find, there was even a place to stop for a picnic.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Easy little hike. Well maintained.

cross country skiing
Monday, November 23, 2015

Went at sunset. Some really pretty fields and some nice views of the lake in the first 5 or 10 minutes of the hike

Monday, August 31, 2015

Trail started out pretty wide but was filled with lots of spider webs. I don't think many people have been on this recently. It then narrowed significantly to the point where there was a bend and the trail could not be seen! We just guessed and headed left,up a hill and then found a blue blaze. Once up in elevation the trail was clean. Came across a box turtle in the middle of the trail and also near the end, saw a doe and her fawn side by side. The rail goes close by the backyard of a blue house, then stops abruptly just past in a densely wooded area. No further blazes to be found and the blazes are not on the trees in the opposite direction. So just forged our own trail down the slope back to the ridge where we figured we would connect back to the trail and we did.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

This trail started out okay but was extremely overgrown after the first half mile or so (as of May 2015).
I took my dog and 9 year old with me. I picked literally dozens of ticks off the three of us before we got back in the car. I wish we had just turned around right away when the grass and weeds started to overtake the trail but I was hoping it would clear up again... it didn't.

horseback riding
Monday, May 04, 2015

Went horse riding out here with mom & sister and really enjoyed it!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A great trail to take the family out on for a couple hours. Had no problem finding the trailhead. First portion of trail runs along the elevation of the lake so its very green and brush vegetation. About a 1/3rd of the way you'll climb to a higher elevation that pretty much runs the middle of the hill the rest of the hike, and here the scenery transitions to more hardwoods. From here the trail is typical of other Ozark trails, meandering along the top of a line of limestone bluffs. About 1/2 way or is a picnic table, and further on you'll come upon a smashed picnic table. At this point it looks like the trail peters out, but it runs to left, crossing a large open area of exposed black slate. From here the trail heads right in the woods and shortly to the terminus. Having a dog with me, I elected not to go the last 1/10th from the mentions of the 'friendly' lab.

Being native here, I didn't know the lake had the bluffs, so that made it all the more interesting for me. The trail overall is surprising well maintained. Its not long, and its not hard, but was great on a nice breezy spring day.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pretty easy hike! Climb the twisted tree! The end was kind of confusing.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Yes, the trail seems to peter out after a while, but keep on looking for the blazes on the trees. At the north end of the trail, which parallels the east side of the lake, you can if you're willing, and the weather cooperative, climb down the embankment (about 12-15 feet: a rope, I'm thinking, might come in handy) and then walk over to the dam. You can walk atop the berm and then onto the concrete structure and get a good look at the operation.

Monday, October 20, 2014

This trail is mediocre. It abruptly ends as well and causes confusion. We ended up in someone's back yard and the nice children didn't know anything about the trial and their dog hated my partner and I. You will know it's done when you see a large opening in the trees to the left where old trees and such have been dumped in a large pile. The best part was OFF the trail. On the way back, we shimmied down a clearer spot to see the dam. Couldn't get out to it, but we found and followed some little bluffs not visible from up on the trail. Found a bat even! My tip is to drive to the other side and walk across the concrete dam when it's not overflowing. It's not deep. It looked very beautiful and haunting to look into this way. And the big dam is at the end of it! Best part of lake Sequoyah!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The trail head is very hard to find, it is hidden by trees. We had to circle back a couple of times to find it.
This trail starts off really well. Nice and shaded, wide trail with plenty of room to walk next to someone if you want. It looked like it had recently been cleared. Then we got about a quarter of a mile in and the trail became impassable. Weeds had overtaken everything and the trail was hard to find. We had our dog with us and since we did not want to be pulling ticks off of her all night long, we turned around and headed back out. As we came back out a car stopped me and asked where the trail head for this trail was and I advised him to try Rookery Trail (which we were going to try instead) as this one was so overgrown you couldn't get down it.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Very nice hike. Don't let the overgrown weeds near the start run you off. They clear up pretty quick.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April wildflowers galore! The incomplete list of what we saw today: trout lily, bloodroot, may apples, dogwood, redbud, spring beauties, violets... Even a tiny cactus.
The hike quickly follows and crosses a rich ravine full of beauty. The rest of the trail is pretty standard oak/shale but with great peeks at the lake and several creek bed crossings. We've had a pretty wet spring but all were crossable without getting our shoes wet. Right after a rain would be a different story. Blazes well marked the trail except the very end of the loop. After passing the large blues house (and "friendly" Labrador) the trail heads back toward the lake to reconnect with the rest of the trail. I could not find the blazes at all for this little bit. No worries. Head down the hill toward the lake and go left to follow the trail back to the trail head.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Not too difficult. Not too easy. Just right. Me and my dog really enjoyed the rocky obstacles along the way. Great view of the lake. The end of the trail is a bit confusing though....find out what I mean by checking out Kingfisher for yourself!

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