Leatherwood Loop Trail

MODERATE 160 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

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.

7 days 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
2 months ago

me and my little family loves this place ♡♡

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 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.

3 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.

4 months ago

Great trail ❤️

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

Very fun hike! Neat trails for sure

hiking
5 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
6 months ago

Nice trail. Just watch ur step.

hiking
6 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.

hiking
6 months 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
7 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
7 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
8 months ago

Nice hike through the woods around the lake

hiking
8 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
9 months ago

Nice family fun trail.

hiking
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
Sunday, June 04, 2017

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.

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