Sam's Throne Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews
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Sam's Throne Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt 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.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
331 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

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.

hiking
6 days ago

Very easy trail. Not marked very well. The best thing is the views. Just beautiful.

hiking
28 days ago

This trail is a very scenic and is suitable for all ages. The trail is well kept and is easily navigated. There are anchors along the rock face with plenty of routes for rock climbing. Be sure to climb to the peak of Sam's Throne where the view is outstanding.

hiking
29 days ago

One of the most scenic hikes I have been on. This is one of my FAVORITE!!

1 month ago

Beautiful views along this quiet trail in mid-March. The marked trail includes a descent down a fairly steep pass, however there is a slightly longer, hike around the bluff that meets with a wide path that takes you down into the valley leading to Sams Throne.

hiking
1 month ago

Another amazing AR hike! The views here were outstanding, especially since we went at the peak of fall. We had a couple people show us how to hike all along the upper part of the bluff, and found one spot to climb down and check out the underneath portion. IMO the upper part is the best part though! Will definitely come back!

2 months ago

We drove from Springfield, Missouri just to find THE tree!! It was SO worth the drive.

hiking
4 months ago

Lots to explore, beautiful area!

4 months ago

Beautiful vistas. Easy hike. Lots to explore. A rappellers dream.

rock climbing
4 months ago

awesome hiking. awesome climbing my favorite spot in all of arkansas

5 months ago

Awesome views atop.

hiking
6 months ago

fun hike plus great climbing spot.

rock climbing
9 months ago

mostly trad climbing. classic area!

rock climbing
10 months ago

First time there I didn't realize you could repel . I will learn to repel so that I can finish this trek !

11 months ago

My German Shepherd and I enjoyed the hike. Watched rock climbers.
Beautiful place

hiking
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great Views!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Wonderful view of the throne. Lots of trail along steep bluffs.

rock climbing
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Truly one of Arkansas's most special places!!! Lots of Climbing and hiking. Dog friendly!!!

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Beautiful views from several vistas as you hike your way around the top of the mountain. Perfect for fall color photography!

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

After the wonderful hike at Sam's Throne we decided to add this one. At first it was very flat & easy on an old road but the last 1/2 mile became increasingly overgrown with wild briars. We ended up turning around after countless cuts & scratches. The further we went the worse it got. We never reached the end & the view

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

We hiked several trails in this area over two days & this was our favorite. On a mountain top with the best vistas!

Monday, November 07, 2016

We took the dog trail over to Sam's Throne and then climbed up the Catacombs chimney on the way back. It was a great hike.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Great trail with some moderate level climbing depending on the path you take. Breathtaking views only a short distance from camp.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Such a great view! Not much of a home but great for photos

rock climbing
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Backpacked in and did quite a bit of rock climbing. One of my favorite spots with beautiful views!

rock climbing
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Climbed here twice, bouldering and free solo. Awesome place with great scenery!

camping
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Backpacked in and did rock climbing the next day. One of my favorites.

hiking
Thursday, May 05, 2016

Have done this several times. Easy hike with incredible scenic views.

camping
Monday, March 07, 2016

A nice trail that is not really well marked but enjoyable nonetheless. The campsites we went to were basic. There are firepits left by previous campers in most of the designated camp sites. The trail offers a panoramic view of the valley and Sam's throne itself. The sun sets behind the same trail of hills and was quite a pleasant sight to watch from our elevation We even hiked down (literally down) to the Sam's throne to do some climbing. The place is a mecca for Rock climbers and it got quite crowded with climbers even though it's not even April yet. Pet friendly trail. Getting down to where you can start hiking towards Sam's throne is a little treacherous but worth it if you are into climbing. There are plenty of beautiful bluffs to take your breath away.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Super easy hike! Great rock formations and view.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Very beautiful overlook. The trailhead is at the end of the Sam's Throne campground. There are 3 trails at the trailhead and they all lead to the overlook. (not sure why there are 3 paths). Exact GPS to trailhead is 35.87519, 93.04729

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