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Round Top Mountain Trail

MODERATE 111 reviews

Round Top Mountain Trail is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
524 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

Round Top Mountain 3.5 mile trail loops around the base of the mountain top bluffs with scenic rock formations, minor remnants of a Bomber plan that crashed in the 1940's, and then climbs to the top of the bluff to allow panoramic views of the area before returning to the trail head. The trail provides some great views of Jasper and the surrounding area, along with some excellent rock formations and bluff lines. Stops on the trail include a indian bluff shelter & amarker where the plane crashed. The trail begins with a series of switch backs but quickly levels off with only a couple of climbs after that to reach the mountain top. Overall an easy trail. It only earns a moderate difficult rating for the beginning switch backs.

hiking
6 days ago

trail definitely needs maintenance.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
2 months ago

Trail and facilities could use some TLC. Views are nice though. Decent outing.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We really enjoyed seeing the pieces of the wrecked airplane, and the geologic rock formations were really cool. The views were spectacular, which made me want to go back at sunrise/sunset! There are places on the way down where it would be pretty easy to loose your footing. Just a heads up! This trail is definitely on my want-to-do-again-soon list!

hiking
3 months ago

The West top trail view was amazing! The trail does get pretty narrow in several places, and is also covered in several inches thick of leaves in some spots as well. this makes it easy to loose your footing especially going downhill.

hiking
4 months ago

Both North and West views are worth it. North was the best though.

4 months ago

Great trail - I would recommend hiking boots because of some uneven terrain. Make sure you go to North Trail and West Trail. Loved it

hiking
4 months ago

Well marked trails with beautiful panoramic views year round. Planning on going back to see the sunset soon.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail for experienced hikers and beginners! Beautiful overlooks and some good bouldering spots

hiking
7 months ago

This Trail has a Jungle feel to it, which i thought was the best part. Easy Hike.

7 months ago

Good hike. I agree that the signs and trails are unclear. Our trip was in fog so we didn’t experience the vistas much. On the loop trail between the beginning and the plane crash site is a diversion off the trail to a couple of small cave up above. Nice unexpected addition.

hiking
7 months ago

We liked this trail. Use bug spray and take hiking sticks. At the trail loop we went left, at top trails we went right and then took the west trail around to the north trail bluff. North trail bluff has a great vista. The west trail had good vistas but both would be amazing as leaves turn. We liked this trail better than Lost Valley trail.

7 months ago

A little confusing on which trail to get to the view point. We got the map at the beginning and tried to use it but it didn’t come in handy at all. We ended up just winging it for our first time. We went left and looped around to under the bluff line then went up the stairs, followed the west trail then went north to the view point. The view was great! Who makes those maps anyhow??

7 months ago

Bug spray is absolutely necessary, but a great hike

hiking
7 months ago

The trail map at the trailhead was a little confusing - it says it’s only 0.8 mi to the top, but doesn’t really indicate the direction to go to get there. I think to get to the views fastest, you need to go left when you get to the “loop trail” and then when you see the sign for “top trails” head up to the right. From the loop trail the views were a little obstructed this time of year (early fall) with all the trees still in full foliage.

hiking
7 months ago

Good 3.7 mile hike if you do all the loops. Two vistas, one north and one south. North side is prettiest. When your on the middle loop it has a jungle feel, more moist feeling then Devil’s Den. Following the ridge line was my favorite part.

8 months ago

Someone finally went it and whacked some weeds back off the trail but highly recommend lots of insect repellent. Both times we’ve hiked this trail we’ve had terrible bug bites afterwards. Plane wreck site is interesting to see but watch out for the black snakes slithering about

hiking
8 months ago

Trail is not maintained very well... A lot of work to get to the scenic spot, and have overgrowth blocking the view.

10 months ago

It was very grown up so we couldn’t finish. It was be disappointing. I had hiked it before and it was great but even the little benches along the way were rotted out.

11 months ago

Great experience

11 months ago

Good walk

hiking
Monday, April 02, 2018

Great trail for watching sunsets.

hiking
Monday, January 01, 2018

Great hike with amazing views. The North view was especially beautiful. Well kept trail with some cool stops on the way up. We will be back!

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Very accessible and two great views - north and south sides of the mountain. The first 10-15 minutes are grueling but after that it is pretty flat. It was very enjoyable for me and my old dog. The leaves have all fallen so the views were great!

hiking
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hiked Round Top today and it was beautiful weather and views. The distance from the parking lot up the Crouse trail, around switchbacks, two loops and one spur trail and back to the parking lot was 3.8 miles. The trail map was difficult to interpret at first and we weren't really sure if there was one trail or two until we finished the second loop. There is one trail but several options of directions to take. There are no blazes, but this trail is so well worn that none were necessary and at junctions there were great signs. South fork was by far the most beautiful view!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I haven't been in the spring, so I don't know how grown up it gets. But, right now as of nov 24. Is the best time to go. There were lots of ppl there as well but not so overcrowded you can't enjoy it. Just means the trail was good and packed down. The views are awesome and the plane crash was.., idk. I felt kinda sad about it. I think the crash happened in 1946. Overall a nice and peaceful adventure!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Love the trail. The benches and fences are rotting. This would be a great boy scout project.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The connector from the parking area is steep. The crash site is interesting and the views are great.

hiking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Good hike!

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Nice trail on a clear day has some awesome views.

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