Sugar Loaf Mountain Nature Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Sugar Loaf Mountain Nature Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Higden, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
646 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


paddle sports





wild flowers


Directions from Heber Springs: This trail is located on an island in Greers Ferry Lake. It is accessible by boat from State 337 at Sugarloaf Recreation Area on the south and Ark. 330 at Van Buren Recreation Area on the north.

2 months ago

Great beginner hike!!

5 months ago

Fun hike!

5 months ago

This is a nice moderate hike - great view from rock bluffs on both ends of the island. For a great activity kayak over from Fairfield Bay Marina to dock where trail starts.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

My 4yr granddaughter Aubrie loved it . Awesome trip to the top !!! Beautiful view so far from any other trips .

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Great hike for beginners. Involves some climbing but worth the view.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cool little trail. If Coming from the Marina, the dock is on the other side of the island. You'll understand what I mean by that if you make the same mistake I did! Lol

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great, amazing view once you make it to the top. Something worth trying.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

This was a great kayak and hike. make sure you go all the way to the top and follow the trail all the way to the other end of the mountain to get two great views. It's not an easy trail!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I love hiking sugarloaf, it's one of those childhood things that has followed me into adulthood! I would however like to point out that there are two sugarloaf mountains in heber and these photos consist of both of them. They are two different mountains! The one with water in the background is out in the middle of the lake and the one that it shows the crack of is on land. So don't get confused when you get to the top and it looks completely different, lol! Both are exceptional hikes for all ages!

Monday, June 01, 2015

This trail actually consists of two trails, the Mule Trail and the Terrace Trail that meet up. We hiked both trails this time, and this was our second time to do the Mule Trail. Spring is a pretty time to go, but the top of the mountain seems to stay lush in the summer as well. We went on a wet day, but missed the rain while there.

The Mule Trail is a very steep, strenuous trail to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain (which is on an island). It leads up steep staircases built next to the rock to great views of Greers Ferry Lake/Fairfield Bay. The trail goes across the plateau on top to the far end for more views, then you double back.

The Terrace Trail circles around midway up the mountain. It goes through the forest with not much view of the water, but the mossy green rocks and clear forest floor make it a lovely hike. This part is easy-moderate with the trail being pretty level the entire way around.

To get to the island, you need to either have your own boat or take a shuttle boat from Fairfield Bay Marina (a little pricey unless you have a group).

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wow - such beautiful views of the lake and such a unique setting! You can only get to it by boat - I paddled my kayak from the closest boat launch on the lake to Sugar Loaf Mountain and hiked to the top. Well-maintained trail makes for an easy hike aside from the fairly steep climb on the way up. There are a few benches along the way for those wanting a break. The vistas atop the summit bluffs are just amazing. This is one I will want to do again for sure.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

As a college student, my friends and I make a regular habit of visiting the The top of Sugarloaf to sit talk and watch the sun rise. It is a beautiful place that is close to my heart and definitely worth a visit.Be careful taking young ones up there it can be quite dangerous if you are not paying attention

Monday, March 31, 2014

there is a crevice We used last summer to reach the top, but has since washed in. We still enjoy the hike, and the hidden pond. great family excursion. excellent view from top

Monday, March 31, 2014

Well I'm confused as to these reviews bc sugarloaf is not Located in an Island in the lake. it's Located behind the asu general campus. it's a great little hike easy for all ages. I took my 4 and 7 year old yesterday. they went as far as the base of the bluffs. last summer there was a crevice We used to r

Friday, November 02, 2012

Incredible lake views from this island trail. Must have a boat to get to trailhead. Prepare for a hike. Do not go in swimsuit and flip flops. This is a fairly serious hike but is worth the effort. There is a small dock at the trailhead.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Fun hike, great lake views. Must boat over to trail head. Lots of flora and fauna along the way. Be sure to take water and good shoes, not just wear your bathing suit and flip flops like we did!

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