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Round Top Mountain Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Jasper, Arkansas that features a river 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 4.0 mi Elevation gain 524 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. 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.

Circle drive off of 7 hwy and small parking lot to accomodate a few cars. Trucks and trailers can pull in and park. No Facilities. As of 12.23.12, The small Visitor Center is still closed, but the trail is open.

Newton Co. Resource Council

Arkansas Hwy 7, 2 miles south of Jasper, Arkansas; circle drive pull off allows truck and RV trailer to pull in & out.

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Drew Blake
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HikingBugsOver grown

Really good trail for novice hikers with an awesome view! There were some really cool boulders and rock formations on the loop trail and a great overlook at the end of the north point trail. Some parts of the trail are little overgrown, but nothing severe.

Melissa Timi
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Hiking

Nice trail. Huge boulders inside. The trail might be enjoyed a little better in the spring and fall so you can see everything like the canyons walls. That would have been a better deal for me. I'll be back when that happens to see the rest. A little overgrown in some spots but nothing you can't navigate around. I'd recommend it. Just after the leaf fall. Should be really nice

Heather Lee
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Hiking

Spider webs everywhere! Forbidden Forest vibes

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Eric White
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Hiking

Well maintained trail with great, scenic views!

Jessica Johns
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HikingBugsOver grownRocky

I really loved this trail! There is a loop & a there-and-back section of the trail that isn’t on the app though, and is where the panoramic views are. The trail signs will get you there, but be sure you take the west loop and the other trail right next to it! As a whole, parts of the trail were very overgrown, but others were very well maintained. Very shady, not terribly difficult, and lots of views!

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Jessica Hartman
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Hiking

Great trail. A few ticks but not to bad. If you go right at the split at the beginning its much easier on the way down. Saw a volture and its baby. Over all not to bad of a hike.

Sara K.
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Hiking

Parts are very very overgrown. The rocks are beautiful but it need to be trimmed back.

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Laura Simpson
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HikingRocky

No lookouts on the loop. The south trail has a view. On the west trail, the couple in front of us saw a black bear so we all left. We never could find the lookout on the north trail. overall it was a good hike.

Erin Willis
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HikingBugsOver grown

Beautiful views from the north point. Worth the trip. We made the entire loop and the north view. Ran into some slithery friends along the way. I would suggest some sort of bug spray/bracelets as we had several ticks crawling on us by the end. Keep an eye out for snakes as the trail is a bit narrow and has lots of vegetation on it. Overall a great hike!

Kay Mullen
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HikingBugs

BTW, parking lot is open as of June 6th, 2020. I had originally intended to only hike the one longer trail but since we were looking for a vista we went ahead and did the North View trail (with the view we were looking for) and also then connected back with the West trail to end the hike. Only took 2 hours to do all 3. A bit buggy as is usual for June so wear spray. Only found a bit of mud but I suggest bringing walking poles to make the hike. The rocks can be slick as natural springs seem to be around the place. I would do this hike again!

Monica Justice
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Hiking

Great trail, very pretty. There is an incline but nothing to crazy.

Taylor Thomas
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Totally agree Jennie, lush as heck! Great trail. I think the plane crash plaque has been stolen but totally worth looking for. Not really. If your confused by signs, just keep walking. You’ll find something eventually. Definitely hit the north view, it’s a beauty!

Jennie RaeLi
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Hiking

Lush as heck this spring!

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Cassidy Dryer
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HikingOver grown

Very easy hike for families; was a little over grown but very enjoyable.

Ashley Boykin
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Hiking

Great hike!! Parking is open but bathrooms are closed due to COVID-19. Everything was very green and blooming. That did make the trail narrow from plants growing up, but it was a beautiful hike! Definitely recommend the north view of the top of the mountain. It was a bit longer to get to from the loop trail than we expected, but well worth the view!!

John Zylma
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Hiking

Nice trail first few switch backs are a little rough but once up to base of rock bluff pretty easy going. A few places soft and muddy due to recent rains and still some drainage. Did not go to very top but just around base due to rocky and slick conditions. Trees not totally leafed out yet so had great views. Privy at parking lot had signage that it was closed due to Corona but doors unlocked. No paper products or lights inside. User supplied only. Been in better, been in worse. Good view of Jasper below. Next time will try for the top for better views. Surprised that crash site still had some debris from so long ago.

Quentin Rogers
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HikingBugs

*Stop by and read a about the trail and history as well get a brochure. *If you have a breathable mask that wraps around your neck, like a neck gaiter, you may want to wear it to help prevent inhaling bugs. *There is a female Black Vulture sitting on her eggs under the large leaning boulder on the SE side of the trail past the top trail path. The start of the climb is the most challenging and isn't bad thanks to a couple switchbacks. We went left(south) once we reached the first T. We then stopped and had lunch in one of the over hanging bluffs while a rain shower passed. Make sure you go to the top section of the trail then wrap around the West trail. Amazing views and worth every step. I used rocks and sticks to make an arrow pointing to a bluff on the West section that you need to walk down to! I found myself saying "You feel at times the world is too small and then you step into a view like this." I highly suggest this trail. (if you want a keepsake, the gas station by the river has stickers, shirts, etc.)

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Gina Booth
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Hiking

It’s up up up then down down down! Pretty and sweeping views from the flat level top trails. Great rocks and boulders. Good trail. Be sure to get a printed trail map at the building, we didn’t see them till done hiking. I’d imagine trail is overgrown and less views in summer? We weren’t sure which trail to take. Loads of choices. Too many. Confusing markings at trail intersections. Never found the plane parts so kids were disappointed. On way back, near dusk, our kids got ahead of us and we were frantic they missed the confusing turn off back to the parking, thought they might be stuck on the long loop trail in error. Whew. Close call.

Nicholas Robbins
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went in early september on a hot day. the views were okay but would have been better in spring and winter.

C C
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Hiking

We went Memorial Day weekend so the leaves were out which greatly hindered the views. I recommend fall or spring before the leaves. Overall, it’s a nice hike.

Wayne Baker
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HikingScramble

Very well marked and maintained. Loved the variety of scenery, rock formations and spring flowers. Great moderate trail!

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Mandi Young
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Hiking

couldn't have asked for a prettier trail full of early spring blooms and perfect scenic overlooks and jaw-dropping rock formations.

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Shelly Johnson-Osborn
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Sarah Martaindale
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Hiking

Some reviews described this trail as overgrown and hard to follow. I totally disagree. Never once do you lose sight of the trail and there are signs at the branching points to guide you as well as a map at the entrance. If you have any experience hiking off of a paved nature trail, you will have no problems with this one. We went several hours after a major rainstorm and it was totally hikeable with no washout or sketchy areas. Beautiful rock formations. The views are nice this time of year (March) but are probably more limited as you get into spring and summer with the trees filling in.

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