Nebo Springs and Steps Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Nebo Springs and Steps Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Dardanelle, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
626 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

views

A hike to Nebo Springs and down Nebo Steps. A delightful hike to moss-covered Nebo Springs begins behind the visitor center on the Rim Trail. Turn right onto the Rim Trail then down Nebo Steps (light blue) to the Bench Road Trail. Turn right on the bench and follow until you get to the sign for Nebo Springs. The climb back up Nebo Springs Trail, then right onto the Rim Trail, completes a rectangular "circle." Highly recommended for the historical significance and natural beauty, this loop is, however, strenuous. The stone enclosure of Nebo Springs, located directly below the bench, dates back to the 1800's. Children were often sent to the spring with buckets to fetch water for meals.

hiking
28 days ago

This particular trail was a bit off when it described how to get to the springs. We started behind the visitor center and had to go DOWN and to the left not UP. Ended up missing the spring the first time and ended up at the Branch Road Trailhead. All in all some great views at times but today wasn't a light traffic day as there was plenty of trail runners. Parts of the trail follow right behind cabins so it isn't that secluded if that's what you are looking for.

3 months ago

Great hike. Great workout. It is a well marked trail. Easy to follow.

6 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Really pretty area! Love to watch the hang gliders take off and soar!

hiking
Saturday, October 31, 2015

hiking
Monday, October 05, 2015

This is a fun little trail that all will enjoy. Even our elderly Dachshund loved it (though it was definitely nap time for her after).

hiking
Friday, September 18, 2015

hiking
Monday, May 04, 2015

I thought this trail was great, especially if you take a break behind the visitor's center in between the two sections of trails. This is basically two trails joined into one. A rectangular loop. We started from the Bench Overlook and went down the Nebo Springs Trail part first. The springs were very cool--neat "Y" shape with a great view. Then, the tough part is going up the stone stairs to the Nebo Steps Trail part. When you get up to the rim trail at the top that connects the two, it is nice to go a bit further and swing by the visitor's center if you need a snack/drink/sit down and enjoy the view before heading down the steps. The Nebo Steps part is an amazingly long set of stone steps...they just keep going! I would not recommend going the opposite direction and ascending them. As it is, descending them is easy, but they are a bit narrow.