Rush Mountain Mining Loop Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Rush Mountain Mining Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yellville, Arkansas that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.6 miles
744 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers

over grown



historic site

no dogs

Rush Mountain Mining Loop Trail is 3.6 mile loop trail that climbs up a hill to reach the mine level. The trail then travels east along the side of the hill, past numerous old mines and some old mining equipment, then the primitive trail bushwacks over the mountain back to the trail head. The primitive part of the trail that is not maintained and climbs around and eventually over Rush Mountain and back to the trail head, it can be very confusing, is not marked, maintained or traveled to any great degree.

7 months ago

This loop is essentially two trails, counterclockwise (1) south half is well maintained "tourist trail" visits a half dozen old mines, mine entrances fenced off, J-shaped, moderate, some gradual uphill. No problem with ticks & chiggers, trail is mostly a wide road.
(2) north side enters forest, is primitive, not maintained, essentially a bushwhack. Good Samaritans hung ribbons on trees, carefully follow the fading ribbons (tread buried under leaves), ascend the ridge thru rock formations, nice vista, then descend back down to the well-groomed tourist trail on the north side. Don't attempt the wild unmaintained north side of the loop unless adventurous and fit.

11 months ago

Well, what can I say? Let give an overall review and then some pros and cons.

The trail starts off at a pretty steep ascent but levels out fairly quickly. The main trail all the way to Clabber Creek is marked well but has some fallen trees covering the trail in different places but these are easily detoured around and then you're right back on the trail.

There is a lot of history and information for this trail. Clabber Creek is absolutely gorgeous.

Most of the 'attractions/activities' along the trail are fenced off and hard to get good photos. The scenery along the trail is thick and you can't see very far into the woods. The prettiest photo ops were actually off the main trail.

Under NO circumstance take the trail past Clabber Creek that's marked 'Over The Mountain Top Trail'. The trail on this app at that point leads you through thickets, briars, and we had to traverse an 8 foot cliff wall in order make our way back to the trailhead. This is a VERY DANGEROUS ROUTE.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

One of my favorite places. The ambiance of this place make me come back again and again.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

love camping there in the fall..hiking is pretty fun ...on the trail if you haven't walked it before there's a spot were the rain washes out a spot if you don't k ow the trail that's the only confusing's a little overgrown. .here and there but still a good 6 year old girl can do it so can your speed in the park and buckle up..they patrol well and keep it safe and are there to help..

Saturday, January 21, 2017

not much to look at.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love this little trail full of history!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Its a great trail with very Beautiful sights! You can really feel the history while there its a must hike but be cautious of the uo and over "unmaintained" portion of the trail you must knw it well for i myself have found lost and stranded hikers on this part!!! I've hiked this trail about once a week for for 10 years and is always enjoyable and always finding new things "off trail"!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Love the history of the area. Completed this little trail after visiting the ghost town nearby.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The more primitive part of the trail was almost completely unmarked. My group and I got very lost until we found an old service road that followed back to the gravel road which led is back to our car. I would not recommend going without someone who has hiked it before.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Great historic trail. Good climb, lots of things to explore.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Trail was well defined. Slightly steep on the primitive portion coming back over the top of the mountain but nothing to serious. Gorgeous view of the valley and Buffalo River. The old ghost town had some interesting items to see.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Awesome trail with historic ghost town. Worth the trip!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Returned with family and hiked this loop. The bushwhack portion was fun. The primitive trail is only faintly marked but you can't get lost. To far west and you hit the road into the area, to far south and you will hit the road on the south side. Finding the crack in the bluff you must pass through is the most difficult.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Just visited with family for a return trip. Great area. Hike is simple but a must do. Ticks were bad this year, but not a deterrent. I definately would do again and consider it a destination hike.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Returned with family to Rush enroute to Blanchard Cave. Toured the town and did this loop. Interesting to see. Had picnic at the NF campground along the river.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Hiked the trail to the old engine at the last big mine. There are some great views of the buffalo river and the creek at the end of the marked trial. At the end, go left and up the mountain on the primitive route that looped the trail back to the trailhead. That part was tough. Had to to go over the mountain and back down the other side. The trail is hard to follow. Pay attention for the blue diamonds nailed to trees and the ribbons that were left by a fellow hiker to get back to the starting point. Overall, great hike.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Awesome !!!!!!! :-)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

After hiking this trail I ran into a local who said, "The only thing you'll find at Rush are ticks and copperheads." I'd like to add poison ivy to that list too! Unless you're a history buff, this trail is really rather unremarkable.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Great hike with lots of history. Do some searching on the web for historic pictures before you go and it will give you some ideas of how it looked when the mines were in operation.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The trail has some nice history. The mines, old equipment, views, and bushwack was fun. The primitive trail is only faintly marked but you can't get lost. To far west and you hit the road into the area, to far south and you will hit the road on the south side. Finding the crack in the bluff you must pass through is the most dificult, but still not to hard.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Rush ghost town is nice to visit. This trail has a number of plaques explaining the history. Informative. Nice little for fee primitive campground along the river.

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Ghost town with old buildings and mines and equipment made this one nice.
Gave a different theme for a hike. Rocky trail. Mines are grated over so you can't enter. Nice for fee primitive campground on the river just a 1/2 mile away.

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