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Sam's Throne Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Judea, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 331 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Rocky

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Getting There

Stone fire rings with no grilles and some lantern posts are the only amenities found on the campsites. This scenic campground is very basic. No camping fees are collected. A pit toilet at the trailhead. Ample parking for small RV's

Big Piney Ranger District P.O.B. 427 Jasper, Arkansas 72641 870-446-5122

In Mt. Judea, AR, at intersection of State Rts. 74 and 123, take Rt. 123 south 4.1 miles to Sam's Throne campground sign. Turn right at sign into campground. From Jasper, take Hwy 74 east to Hwy 123, take hwy 123 north about 10 miles to the campground sign and turn left into campground.

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Rena Stroud
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Hiking

Not much of a hike as an area to walk out and see the view. Dangerous walk along cliff edge on a loop. Rewarding sights with interesting rock formations.

Alexandra Lutgen
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Hiking

GORGEOUS views. Definitely a mild hike, if you follow the loop, the hike back up will definitely get the heart pumping, but nothing too crazy! We loved hanging out and enjoying the view.

Melissa Timi
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Wow! What can I say but the bluffs of Sam's Throne are stunning. Some of the best views of Arkansas. Just beautiful. It's not a well marked trail but it's path is worn down. Just use your eyes and you'll be able to follow it pretty easily. There are campgrounds down the lane to the trailhead on either side which was a huge bonus since I wanted to get the sunsets here as well and are free. They are really nice areas hidden and tucked away. No hookups but that's camping. I will be back.

Brenda Olguin
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HikingOff trailOver grown

It has beautiful views! Couldn’t complete because couldn’t find the trail! Wish it was better marked. Would definitely try a second time! If you don’t use trekking poles I would recommend because of all the rocks on the path

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Santana Holloway
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HikingRocky

Unbelievable view. The trail head marked on the app was not the easiest way to get there. If you enter the campground and continue straight to the back where there is a loop, you can park. Take the Sam’s loop trail head and continue down the trail.

Lindsey Nagel
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HikingRocky

Pretty easy trail to an amazing view and a walk along the bluff line. The trailhead is easy to access, drive past the camp spots and there is an area to park near the trail head. We followed the trail with the sign that read “sams loop trail” though it was definitely out and back! We had 4 dogs with us, 2 very old and one under 5lbs and they had no issues navigating this trail. Highly recommend!

Katie Wiesehan
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Hiking

Really cool views!

Lauren Baker
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Hiking

We didn’t get to finish this trail as there was a storm conning. However, the part we did was awesome. There is maybe a 1/4 mile of gravel road to get to the parking lot. The drive up the mountain was well paved but did have some sharp turns.

Jake Baggett
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Jamie Rachek
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HikingRocky

Not well marked!!

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Ashley Kirk
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike with good views.

Brent Robinson
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

I followed the trail as recommended by Harold Langston. This trail is a rock-laden road, and has a nice advantage over the Campground. No repelling is required to access Sam’s Throne, and the top can be reached by scrambling up the left side. The “walk up” access point is at the cross or the next rocky access point after the cross. Lots of great views from the top of Sam’s Throne and also from the trail at the campground.

Beau Comeaux
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Hiking

Hiking alone and it’s cold so when I didn’t feel too confident about the climb down I just turned around

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Harold Langston
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Hiking

if you want to make it to Sam's throne the popular rock climbing spot go south past the campground on 123 and pull off at the very next pull off to the right. go around the gate and follow the old road down. takes you all the way to Sam's throne! on my map recorded I forgot to turn it off. ignore the last bit. we made it to the top without ropes!! there is a spot around the left side you can get up with very minimal climbing

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Ted Johnson
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absolutely loved this trail! go to my Facebook to see a bunch of pictures imposted today!

Bush Dawn
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Beautiful views. Consider bringing a rope if you want to get up to Sam's Throne. Also amazing to walk around bluffs to service road up to North bluffs to be able to look back at Sam's Throne from across the canyon.

Wayman Thurman
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Hiking

Awesome views along trail.

Jessica Robinson
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Amazing views! Perfect weather to hike in, the trail was easy to see and use. Trekking poles are recommended!

Stephanie Barnard
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Hiking

Amazing views every few feet! The trail was well kept and really easy to follow. There’s actually three trail options that you can cross cross between. Beautiful vista points on each trail. We brought my dog as she had no problem! Will be back for sure!

Allan Ketelsen
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HikingRocky

Trail map didn’t seem to match or I gave up too soon. Either way, got to watch sunset looking over the valley; was peaceful.

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Veronica Pace
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Hiking

We went on 7/4/19 and had it all to ourselves. Absolutely gorgeous bluff overlooks throughout and you can see the chalk on the bluffs that the rock climbers use. It was breathtaking. I gave it 4 stars bc it is easy to get lost. No trail markings and rock climbers/hunters have made their own game trails. We literally walked the edge, a treacherous path with no room for error, with our dogs and ended up at the hwy before we realized we were not on the true trail and had to backtrack. It definitely needs some guide markers but otherwise a great trail.

Rick Rick Tracy
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This hike is not that hard, it's a very pretty hike lots of trees even in winter time blocking views but still a great hike to go on with great rock bluffs.

Leah Haines
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One of my all time favorite trials in northern Arkansas. It can be difficult in places, especially if you decide to scale down the mountain. But we had some 9 year olds with us, and they did just fine! Bring bug spray!

Michael Bambery
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INSPIRATIONAL!! Beautiful day to be here, 55 degrees and sunny. Great vistas and rock formations. You gotta "DO IT!!"

Don Harmening
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great place to hike. Beautiful vistas!

James Catalfamo
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Hiking

this is an awesome very easy 2 mile out and back trail with only a 330 elevation gain. it was so awesome i did it twice. the trail starts giving rewards right from the get go. beautiful long range views. the trail and the trees along the beautiful rocky cliff edge on a early sunny January morning was simple breath taking. even after walk it the second time i still had trouble leaving. thanking god for every step. i'll never forget the peace i felt that morning.

Steve Williams
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Hiking

Awesome trail amazing views

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