Sam's Throne Trail

MODERATE 80 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.

2.0 miles
331 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

rock climbing



wild flowers


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.

17 days ago

I love this place. Super short hike through the woods to beautiful rock formations and stunning views. Great place to explore and sit and enjoy the vistas.

2 months ago

Great trail, and easy to find. Trail is well maintained, and the views are fantastic!!!

3 months ago

Great little trail with awesome views!

4 months ago

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

4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

4 months 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.

5 months 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!

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Lots to explore, beautiful area!

8 months ago

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

rock climbing
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Awesome views atop.

9 months ago

fun hike plus great climbing spot.

rock climbing
Monday, July 17, 2017

mostly trad climbing. classic area!

rock climbing
Monday, June 19, 2017

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

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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

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!!!

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!

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!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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

Thursday, May 05, 2016

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

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