Leatherwood Loop Trail

MODERATE 186 reviews

Leatherwood Loop Trail is a 3.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Beautiful walk around lake leatherwood lake. The wildlife is abundant here and the views are amazing. The hand hewn, and hand set bridge across the lake is worth the walk. There are now several geocaches in the loop so make sure and look for those as well.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
9 days ago

Nice trail. Trees and lake view. The damn is neat. Got lost past the damn. Very pretty.

15 days ago

Nice trail. Took us about an hour and a half to do the loop. End of September and all the Creeks were dried up. East end of the lake and dam area were the nicest stretch.

19 days ago

Nice hike, little challenging in spots with tree roots, hills and crossing some small steams. Lost the trail for a little bit in the river bed past the damn. Very awesome view from old damn. Saw a snake near the water that spooked some of my fellow hikers, many spider webs across the trail as I was the 1st hiker of the day. Got one of my feet soaked crossing a stream. Overall enjoyed the hike.

22 days ago

Ended up finding a nice trail at leatherwood lake that went all the way around the lake and across the dam. The only problem is it isn't called leatherwood trail, it is called Beachum trail. Never saw a sign for leatherwood trail until we were done and it went away from the lake. it rained alot the night before so the trail was like a creek much of the time. Also had to cross a couple creeks on the trail. There was a waterfall off the dam that was very pretty. I would rate the tail a 5 but it wasnt the trail listed and described.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is so beautiful! On the west side of the lake anyways. In hindsight and if I ever go again, I will hike up the west side of the trail to the bridge then turn around and come back. The west side has all the beautiful views of the lake, and the bridge is worth walking across for great panorama pictures. The east side however, was a much more difficult hike (which doesn’t deter me but it may for some) without much to look at. You can’t see the lake most of the time on the east side. I went in early September in the afternoon, and for whatever reason the bugs were heavier on this side of the lake. It felt like I spent the whole back half of the hike trying to fight the horse flies. West side of lake: 5 stars. Easy side: 1.5 stars

Great views at the dam, good trail

1 month ago

Peaceful trail. Wear appropriate shoes as the trail is mainly loose rocks with intersecting root systems.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this trail in July of 2017. Loved it!!! Bring snacks, extra water and watch for rattlesnakes in the rocky area.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail and our dogs were worn out afterwards.

hiking
3 months ago

Time just flew by hiking this trail. Love seeing the water nearly every step of the way. The damn is great and this is a must see trail in ES.

hiking
4 months ago

My family enjoyed this hike. Water views throughout. Well maintained trails have enough traffic to make you feel like a part of a community but not so busy they feel congested.

4 months ago

I really enjoy going there. I can hike,mountain Bike, kayak and paddle board. It has it all. They have rv spots and cabins for rent plus new biking cabins.

5 months ago

Great hike, bird blinds quarry, creeks and hills...love this hike

5 months ago

nice easy trail. it crosses a WPA era dam. some of the rail is missing on the dam. Don't let kids cross it alone.

hiking
6 months ago

me and my little family loves this place ♡♡

hiking
6 months ago

Came to Eureka Springs to explore the city, but I wanted to check this place out first. its a beautiful lake with pretty clear water. I didn’t get to make it to the dam, but i will definitely come back.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. More easy than moderate. Lake views are nice

hiking
6 months ago

Great afternoon hike. Not too busy, and it is dog friendly!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. The view from the dam was amazing. Took my dog with me and had no troubles.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail, prob closer to easy vs moderate but enjoyable terrain

7 months ago

It’s an alright trail. Probably better when the trees aren’t all dead in the winter. It turns into a long stretch of the same thing towards the end, good views though.

7 months ago

Made the Beachum loop today. 4 miles. Saw probably close to 10 deer. Lovely day in the woods with the sun shining. It has rained heavily over the past few days, so essentially the whole trail was damp, but it’s mostly a rocky path so not too much in the way of mud. Of note, there are several creeks/stream crossing, all but the last it was easy enough to hop across rocks without getting feet wet. The last crossing however there was no avoiding going through knee high water., despite my spending quite a bit of time searching for a better crossing. Looks like there used to be a wooden bridge but it is now washed out. All in all a great hike save for the wet feet for the last half mile.

8 months ago

Great trail ❤️

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. Hiked Fuller and Beachum (sp?) trails. They loop around the lake in different ways. The dam is gorgeous stacked stone. It was mid 60s when we went but lots of residual ice from previous cold weeks, so lots of iced over stone. The stone bed creeks feeding the lake are gorgeous sights along the trail.

Planning to come back to hike, camp, and kayak another time.

hiking
8 months ago

Very fun hike! Neat trails for sure

hiking
9 months ago

so false advertising maybe... the gps got us lost but we found what said was leatherwood trail it looked nothing like the pictures... we still had fun though

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail. Just watch ur step.

hiking
10 months ago

It was a good hike, though not super challenging. The east end of the lake was probably the most fun. Got a bit confusing on the Overlook Trail. Overall good experience. Make sure you wear good shoes as the rocks tend to be pretty sharp.

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