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Lake Leatherwood is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Eureka Springs, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 3.6 miles Elevation Gain: 278 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This loop uses both the Beacham Trail and the Fuller Trail. There are many more trails in the Lake Leatherwood City Park if you'd like to extend your hike. 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
2 days ago

A nice hike with a couple of good views. The western portion of the hike was more scenic than the eastern portion.

hiking
7 days ago

First impression of the trail was a little iffy. There was a lot of trash leftover from the weekend at the trailhead, but as we continued the less and less trash we saw. There are some “hairy” areas on the trail. I hike with my one year old on my back so there were some challenging points. Very picturesque below and above the dam and plenty of cool views along the way. Definitely a must if you are in to hiking and in the eureka springs area.

hiking
16 days ago

Trail is dry. Go early to beat the heat. Very scenic!

hiking
bugs
22 days ago

We took the Beacham trail all the way around the lake. The first half was covered in loose rock and gravel. There was a short path to the left of the dam bridge that led to the bottom of the cascading water from the lake. The second half of the loop was narrow with a lot of variation in incline and decline and was much more buggy. Overall the rating of moderate was appropriate and it was an enjoyable hike with some very pretty views from the dam.

hiking
bridge out
29 days ago

Enjoyable hike through Ozark woods. Bridges washed out but no problem crossing low water stream.

hiking
29 days ago

Nice trail, some low water crossings.

hiking
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

This is a fun trail to hike on. That being said, if you’ve never done it before, make sure to use a map or AllTrails. There’s a bunch of random trails branching off of it and it’s very poorly marked. We had to backtrack several times because we missed the trail we were supposed to be on. Do it as early in the day as you can, as it’s a hot hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful trail lots of great views. A few wet spots to watch footing. Falls behind the dam worth seeing. Still some water to cross on the south end but nothing over ankle deep. Well worth the time.

running
bridge out
1 month ago

Really loved running this trail! Seems like the park hasn’t been taken care of lately. Maybe due to Covid-19 since no camping is allowed right now? Beachum Trail is beautiful and the view from the dam is worth the run/hike. Bridges near the end of the trail are washed out. We took our shoes off to wade through about calf deep water (June 2). Overall would recommend this hike for individuals, families, and dogs!

bridge out
1 month ago

hiked it for the second time. just to get ready for some hard trail the next day great weather, few bridges washed out so take water shoes and it will be fine. never forget to go down below the dam 10 to 20 degrees cooler good rest stop if you want.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

We hiked this Thursday the 28th of May. The trail is a bit soppy in places, not that bad though. The wooden bridges have been washed downstream. We took our shoes and socks off and crossed. It is 4-5’ deep in spots so check your crossing path before starting. We crossed where it got just below our knees. Worth crossing, Excellent trail!

hiking
bridge out
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
bridge out
washed out
1 month ago

We made it, but the bridges are gone and after heavy rains yesterday/overnight the water was at least knee deep in places. Overall very wet trails - we hiked in waterproof shoes and wouldn’t suggest otherwise. As always in the area watch for snakes. Great area and nice trails overall!

bridge out
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Attention! The bridge is completely washed out your last half mile of the trail. You will get wet, water is about calf-high. make sure you wear boots because of mud and rock. Lots of butterflies, great fun terrain. If we lived in the area I would do this trail over and over once the bridge is fixed.

hiking
bridge out
flooded
muddy
1 month ago

1 month ago

the trails are great! well marked and beautiful views

hiking
1 month ago

I butchered my recording, but this hike was FANTASTIC! That said, keep the app open because trails are marked differently by the city. Technically, there is no “Leatherwood Lake Loop Trail.” Also, the Creek has shifted channels and the bridge is out, so expect to get wet feet. We enjoyed the adventure of figuring how to cross (and *almost* made dry), but others may not share that adventurous spirit.

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

very beautiful scenery including the coolest dam waterfalls I have come across. like all the othe reviews, the bridge is out at the very end of the loop but the water is only calf deep and kinda refreshing anyway. Totally worth it

recorded Leatherwood Loop Trail

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Waterlogged right now (and anytime after a decent amount of rain). This trail becomes dangerous after heavy rain because you lose sight of it! Still, during nice weather it is amazing. Bring a fully charged phone and download a map. You will lose a signal here. It’s totally stellar, with great creeks, lake views, a huge waterfall, and long and scenic bridge.

hiking
bridge out
flooded
muddy
off trail
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

lovely trail with moderate traffic. trail washed out in places and hard to find after creek crossing. You will get wet. bridge washed out in several places. nice scenery and views. The waterfall by the damn is scenic. Monderatly difficult trail but worth the hike. Several trails cross frequently and are not well marked. GPS is spotty. you may wish to download the trail.

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