Leatherwood Loop Trail

MODERATE 130 reviews

Leatherwood Loop Trail is a 3.5 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
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
321 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Nice trail. Just watch ur step.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

I live a few miles from this park and have hiked this loop trail several times. Always clockwise. The dam is beautiful and if you can go first thing in the morning you'll often be rewarded by fog on the lake. After heavy rains and/or flooding the footbridge can get washed out or submerged.

Just finished this beautiful hike. Did a combination of Beachum and Leatherwood trails for a total of 4.9 miles around the beautiful lake. Would recommend this great hike and will repeat it again

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail! Beautiful areas. Lots to see and explore. This is an easy trail and offers a range of elements to experience.

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail! Not too much traffic (we went on a Friday morning). Very rocky in places with a lot of elevation changes. Not for the faint at heart. And make sure you’ve got a good pair of shoes.

It was very dry when we ran this. October. It looks like the trail could flood though after a rain.

Beautiful views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Free to get in (donations accepted)

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike through the woods around the lake

hiking
3 months ago

We hadn't been to Lake Leatherwood since last summer, and, on that visit, we stuck to just the trail around the Lake. This time, we also explored some of the side trails: Hyde Hollow and Lost Ridge. The Creek that runs through here could be quite lovely in the spring, and I'm making a note to come back and check it out. It's fairly dry now, which, at least, makes for dry crossings. There are some neat rock formations on the Lost Ridge Trail. We found Paw Paws in Hyde Hollow!

The Lake views on the main trail are great, and there's plenty of animals and wildflowers to see if you're observant. The trail is fairly clear of overgrowth, it's well-traveled and easy to follow. The dam is neat, and it looks like one could wander around the spillway below if so inclined. We visited early on a Monday morning and pretty much had the place to ourselves.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice family fun trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail well marked. The water is a little low but still got really great photos.

6 months ago

We did this in an hour and a half. Nice well marked and well maintained Trail with variety.

hiking
6 months ago

we have been on this trail a couple of times it is a nice hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Took us an hour and 20 to complete it at a good pace. Lots of beauty. At around 10 am there were constant webs. Parts near the lake are gorgeous. Really nice walk!

hiking
7 months ago

We go here several times each year, and I would rate these trails as easy. It's a pretty quiet area, and the trails are nicely marked. Be sure to walk to the dam, the old rock quarry, and check out Miner's Rock trail, also. Not spectacular, but something to do for fun, and worthwhile if you've not been before, or just like quiet walks in the woods. Lake Leatherwood is a no-wake lake - perfect for canoes and kayaks. A walk through the hollow in the fall is very beautiful (trees and more trees). Several campsites available.

9 months ago

Very nice and peaceful trail.

hiking
10 months ago

My husband & I hiked the Fuller and Beacham trails (Leatherwood Loop?) - a total of 4.5 miles in all! We had our 14 month old daughter in a baby carrier. We had a great hike, enjoyed the views and variety of terrain! Saw deer, an egret, and other wildlife. The lake/dam was gorgeous - highly recommend!

hiking
10 months ago

My husband & I hiked the Fuller and Beacham trails (Leatherwood Loop?) - a total of 4.5 miles in all! We had our 14 month old daughter in a baby carrier. We had a great hike, enjoyed the views and variety of terrain! Saw deer, an egret, and other wildlife. The lake/dam was gorgeous - highly recommend!

hiking
10 months ago

Despite the occasional spots of mud and a few spots where the trail was a bit confusing to relocate, it was a great little hiking/walking trail. The lake was calm, and we only came across a few other hikers along the way with their dogs. The frogs were cool, although we didn't see them, we certainly did hear them! I would imagine this is a bit more crowded or busy during the late spring and summer months, but it was perfect for late winter too. Took a detour behind the dam for a few minutes (about 30) to explore around, and take some pictures. It was fun!!

trail running
10 months ago

My wife and I needed a 7 mile trail for our marathon training and so we did two laps around Leatherwood. Excellent trail! Great scenery and amazing views of the Ozark mountains all around.

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