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North Rim, Mossback Ridge, and Greenfield Trails Loop

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Mount Magazine State Park

North Rim, Mossback Ridge, and Greenfield Trails Loop is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paris, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 449 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

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Forest

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Starting just west of the visitor center, this trail follows the north rim of the mountain to Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. A spur connects with the western end of the Mossback Ridge Trail to create a 4.4-mile loop back to the visitor center. (Red Blazes), or it can be an out and back trail. It leads through hardwood forests, scrub oaks, and cedar glades across several tumbling creeks. Windswept bluffs overlook a rugged hollow, the Arkansas River Valley and the Ozark Plateau.

Park at the visitors center and walk to the trail head.

Park Superintendent, 16878 Hwy. 309 South, Paris, AR, 72855, (479) 963-8502

On Scenic Highway 309, 17 miles south of Paris.

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Katie Wiesehan
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HikingOver grown

The trail was decent, overgrown, but would be good if you had extra time. Not as many views as I had expected so maybe it is better in the winter.

Lauren Baker
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HikingOver grownRocky

I’d probably recommend the signal trail. This trail had one view and was mostly just rocks and wildflower. We saw a lot of butterflies but as a tourist doing this hike I didn’t find it worth it.

Christopher Bass
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Anthony Dale
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HikingRocky

Great trail. I would do the whole loop.

Courtney Williams
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Great loop, easy to follow. Trail is grass covered in some areas and has a few water crossings. To complete the loop you will cross two roads and the trail picks back up. Multiple vistas with beautiful views in the first half! Second half is more shade covered. Overall a great hike!

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Eli Lopez
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Walked a part of the trail from the visitor center to Dill Point and back. The trail was nice but there was some tall grass between School Creek and Dill Creek. Definitely enjoyed the view a Dill Point.

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Kevin Miller
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Hiking

Great trail, includes multiple creek crossings (you don’t get wet), multiple great views and takes some effort but not too difficult. A narrow trail, so took a little effort to be socially distant when meeting oncoming hikers, but a wonderful trail to take from the visitor center to then connect to Signal Hill trail. We hiked the day after a big rain and it wasn’t too wet or muddy.

Regan Kerkman
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Hiking

The first half of the hike had some amazing views! The second half of the trail was through a forest that looked like it was dying. The trail had a few natural springs that ran over the trail so make sure you don’t bring nice shoes.

Andy Dufresne
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful trail with plenty of scenic overviews on the first half of the trail. The vast majority of the trail is shaded since you are going through a forest. Small sections can get very muddy after rain and you should wear insect repellent. Had two ticks on me after this trail. Also worth noting that the drive up to the state park is very scenic.

woodsedge .photoj
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Hiking

Varied terrain. Rained night before. Slightly muddy in spots. Very passable. Hiked on a Friday. CoVid closed everything. Saw two people with three dogs the entire trip. Very nicely maintained trail system. Make a point to see Magazine Falls.

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chris m.
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Hiking

Recommend keeping right to complete the ridge trail and go up signal hill (tallest spot in AR), with picnic at the hang glider launch.

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Kimberly Ross
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HikingMuddy

Great trails. to hike. Some places were a bit muddy. Trails was well visible and easy to navigate. Will do it again!

Kandi Poirier
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Hiking

Great hike here today! Took my kids and we did it in a little under 2 hours. Path was easy to follow and the views were great. I loved the moss along the path so beautiful!

Ashton Griffis
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Teresa Gray
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great trail well maintained

Rohith Thulasidas
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Hiking

Great trail with moderate difficulty. The map in All trails app shows this as a loop, because it combines other trails too. Also there was a small deviation after 2.5 miles. Really enjoyed the trails because of the views. We will definitely comeback to view the greenery

johnny kerns
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nice , trickling creeks to cross and spectacular views! will come back again! halfway point puts you at the visitor center for a great break place and place to get any needed supplies. Great gift shop too. will come back again!

Tim Carpenter
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HikingBugs

Moderately easy with hardly any difficult elevation change. The first mile and a half had some nice vistas but it was just a walk in the woods other than that. The number of spider webs I walked into during the Mossback Ridge section was frustrating to say the least. Saw several deer too

Anna Norris
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HikingBugs

Beautiful views from the North Rim. Some parts were pretty narrow with a lot of brush so I was glad I opted for hiking pants over shorts.

Jen Phen
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Hiking

I prefer trails with a loop or a beautiful terminus. The terminus for this trail is a parking lot- very anticlimactic. To make this a 4 star trail, hike about 1.25 miles and enjoy the three outcroppings from about .75-1.25 miles in. At the third and final one, turn around. I also think this trail would provide better views during the winter months, with all the foliage, it was difficult to tell you were hiking on the top of a beautiful mountain. Warning: this trail had tons of horseflies and poison ivy just off the trail. The shade protection of the trees also blocked any reprieve from the breeze. I was also sad to see that same small of this trail were not well kept and very overgrown.

James Catalfamo
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Hiking

starting here on the left side of the parking lot of the visitor center is the north rim trail. a very easy 4.2 mile loop trail with only a 450 elevation gain. nice walk through the woods and plenty of place to catch a scenic view. i did it on a cloudy day in February and found a very pleasureful walk. being from NY i'm not scared of anything but this day i came across a horrible site. i was trap but i had to keep going until i meet this monster face to face. A BOSTON FAN! lol. turns out we talk for a 1/2 hour and he was a really nice guy. :) i really enjoyed the trail.

Don Frierson
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HikingBugsMuddy

Nice trails but muddy in spots. Add the Signal Hill Trail to reach the highest point in Arkansas.

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