Lake Atalanta from Poplar Street Trailhead

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Lake Atalanta from Poplar Street Trailhead is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Rogers, Arkansas that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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
3.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

Basically a walking path from the trailhead on Poplar Street to the picnic Area at the Lake Atalanta park. Short little downhill trail with a seriously technical rock section before the bridge. After the bridge things mellow out and then a flat path to the pavilion.

pretty place

walking
29 days ago

Nice easy walk on a paved trail. Plan for cyclists and lots of other walkers with doggies and children. Very beautiful area.

30 days ago

Hate what they’ve done to it

walking
2 months ago

Very pretty

hiking
2 months ago

Too easy for a hike. But there are hiking trails adjacent to it.

walking
2 months ago

Nicely paced trail. Wide enough to accommodate walkers/runners/cyclists. I would rate this as easy not moderate Trail. Close enough to my house where I’d do it again when wanting a quick walk.

walking
3 months ago

Great views of lake. Over-head lights all around the path. Wide enough for people walking and cycling.

5 months ago

We saw a bald eagle.

5 months ago

very good starter trail. For lower key, you can drive closer to lake for 2.6 mile walk.

5 months ago

before the spring 2017 flood this was a daily walk for me. I will be going back once the repairs are completed.

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty trail. Can't say it should be rated as moderate, more an easy walk. It is beautiful and not super crowded though.

10 months ago

I love this trail. Its nothing exotic, but great if you want to kill 15 mins or even a couple hours. Easy to access and easy to navigate with kids or your dog. Pretty little lake with lots of fish and turtles. Several good spots for casting your line if you wanted to do a little fishing. If you hike or bike up on of the well paved there is an amazing mountain bike course along with several well maintained trails.

walking
10 months ago

Very nice

hiking
10 months ago

The trail was great! The parking from Poplar stinks though. They're working on the park and once it's complete it will be awesome! I would suggest parking on the actually Atalanta Lake parking spot.

walking
10 months ago

Absolutely a gorgeous walk. Of course it was the only walk we didn't bring our phones to take pictures. The lighting tonight was just beautiful and the lake was like a Bob Ross painting.

Have read some comments that it smells...it is a lake and it is going to have a smell. It smells like any other lake I've been on.

There were signs indicating the installation of a boat ramp/. I think this would be a huge mistake as it would disrupt the serenity of the lake.

Great walk!!!

hiking
10 months ago

Starting at trailhead on Popular st, it's a dead end with no parking. We ended up parking downtown Rogers and walking to the trailhead. Nice paved trail and several dirt trails, some fairly rigorous! We ended up going on "The Dump" trail, "Frisco", and "Billygoat" trails then ended up walking the paved trail that goes around the lake. About 5 miles round trip to where we parked. Would be good with kids too. I plan to bring my 7 year old soon.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

I been doing it for years.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Its a beautiful place for sure. However the place stinks a bit. Other that thn it's great for a leisurely trail.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Great for all ages!! And sports.

walking
Friday, March 03, 2017

Easygoing. Will do it again.

walking
Monday, February 20, 2017

Such a fun walk! I took my teens and they didn't complain once!

walking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

I loved Lake Atlanta as a kid and was so excited to take my 4 children there since the recent renovation. Today we walked the sidewalk trail around the lake. Then walked the trail on the other side of the lake that goes to the Bike Park. This is an excellent trail for families. The wide sidewalks allow family members with strollers or wheel chairs safe & easy access to experiencing the beautiful scenery of NWA woods. The new park equipment is fun & unique. The only thing i would recommend are more picnic tables and swings for the little ones.

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

The Lake Atalanta trail as shown here is not something to seek out. And things get a bit confusing now that they've re-opened the lake area, but are still doing some construction. And once you get to the lake you may, as I did, despair. The city of Rogers has, indeed, paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Plenty of sod replaces all the nasty trees and native plants, and a sterile sidewalk and lots of fencing protect you from any of the icky nature you may encounter. You came to see it, but you don't want to get too close!

There is hope, however. The biking trails around the lake provide the experience I, and I imagine *you*, are looking for. Deer, squirrels, small creeks, tiny waterfalls, potential waterfalls, rocky outcroppings, gorgeous bluffs, and lovely lake views await you once you leave the the soulless sidewalk. Seriously, the minute you see a real dirt trail, get on it. The bike trails are pretty well labeled and easy to follow. You're almost always in sight of the paved path and the lake, so it's nearly impossible to get lost or even a little turned around.

The lake area is quite lovely, and the new construction will surely encourage use of the area, as it is well-designed and accessible to all. For my money, though, I say get out of there ASAP and get on the bike trails. You won't be disappointed.

fishing
Friday, January 15, 2016

Enjoyable

hiking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Easy loop around the lake. Parked by the bathrooms at the park entrance. Lots of people fishing. You can walk on the road, but there some wooded trails further up the surrounding hills which don't much distance to the overall distance. Our four kids and small dog did fine, though the 4 and 7 year old began complaining the last 1/4 mile.

hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It was a nice outing, did not take the trail off the trailhead but started at the restrooms and went around the lake. It had very well kept trails with several spurs.

mountain biking
Monday, October 20, 2014

I have hiked and biked. The land is pretty in places and lack luster in others. They are adding off-road biking trails now. On the north side driving in, the trail that goes up and comes back just next to the restroom and road has a nice rock wall. There is a neat old spring if you cross the road and follow that back up in the direction of the rogers square. The people are a bit trashy though. Found a naked picture under a rock behind this spring. Really gross, people. Find a room already.

mountain biking
Thursday, May 29, 2014

This is a lot longer than it used to be. They're adding trails out around the lake, and it is looking great

walking
Sunday, September 30, 2012

I have walked this trail more times than I can remember.Great place to walk.Easy for all ages .Trail runs close to a small man made lake .All though it is right in the downtown area it is very common to see wildlife such as Frogs ,Turtles ,Lizards,Snakes,Birds ,Deer,and Ducks.
Easier to start the trail at the park opposed to starting at Popular ST. Recomend walking around the lake as well (another mile or so).

hiking
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Very nice and well maintained trail with a wide variety of plants and animals along the way. There is an old spring on the path that has historic significance, be sure to read the sign. On your left you will pass a short waterfall if it has been raining enough to make the flow.

Once you cross the street, stay to your left and follow the path up the hill to an awesome climbing wall. The trail ends at one mile on the road that goes around the lake. It would make for a good hike but I prefer actual trail.

The only negative is lack of parking at the trail head. A good plan might be to start at Lake Atalanta Park and since it's out and back anyway you could just head out behind the pavilion (south) and go at least to the spring mentioned above. If you stopped there it would cut out the hill and make the rating easy.

Worth the time, take your fishing pole and have a picnic. The park is wonderful!

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