Village Creek Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wynne, Arkansas that features a lake 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.
dogs on leash
Directions from Forrest City: Go 13 miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 284 to the park.
Nice hilly hike with no rocks. Also nice education on the Trail of Tears.
This park is truly a hidden gem in NE Arkansas. Muckas Running Club hosts the Village Creek 10k/25k Trail Run(Facebook) annually in January. There are roughly 26 miles of marked trail, and right at 12 miles of pavement. The trail system will take you along, upon, and over Crowleys Ridge. No rocks, a few roots, leaves, and the chance to experience ridgelines, creek bottom hardwoods, and about 2300ft in elevation gain. The race course markings are Single track course, the 25K is an out and back route starting at the bicycle entrance to the following markers 13,14,11,10,16,17,18, north past 19 towards 20 where you will reach the turnaround. The 10k will follow markers 13,14,11,10,9,7,6,12,13, and back to the bicycle entrance. - Read about the race route here. http://www.arkansasoutside.com/my-ultimate-journeys-first-race-and-first-1st-place-finish-village-creek-25k-race-report/
This trail is mostly covered, making it great for hot days. The trail meets a creek on several occasions. The swinging bridge is a little out of the way, but totally worth the detour. It's a perfect place for a lunch. I did see a lot of human litter, which is depressing.
I like this trail. It's fairly easy, but long enough to get a work out. We take our dogs & they love it too!
Hubby and i took the kids (8 &2) and hiked a total of about 10 miles the first day and another 3 or 4 the next. Village creek has a bunch of trails. All moderate or easy. We had a great time! Lots of stairs on the hills though, so if you're one with knee or foot issues .. Fair warning. Not difficult or anything but just a heads up.
The second largest state park in Arkansas, Village Creek, is home to several awesome trails that wind through the unique geology of Crowley's Ridge. The Arboretum and Big Ben Nature trails are two easy hikes which begin on opposite sides of the main parking lot at the visitor's center.
The scenery was beautiful. I hiked the Old Military Road Trail which includes a preserved portion of the Trail of Tears. There are a lot of historical markers with good information that I enjoyed reading. It was more a moderate trail not easy. The swinging bridge is about a quarter mile past where the loop turns back toward the lake, just before junction 14 - defiantly worth a few extra steps.
We have hiked and mountain bikes this trail a bunch. It is well maintained. Most of the trail that we have done is fairly level on top the ridge, but getting there is a short climb. This is a great trail in the North East Area of Arkansas.
Really cool to hike a section of the trail of tears. The trails and park are very nice.
To get to the trail, you go across a big meadow and into the woods. The beginning of the Lake Dunn trail is beautiful and very easy riding. Smooth path alongside pretty green grass and woods. We went on a spring morning when it was wonderfully cool and dappled light was coming through the forest. After you get to the fork though, the riding definitely becomes harder (depending on which direction you go). We took the uphill section first, then went down a long strip of the South Ridge Trail to meet back up and finish the Dunn. The uphill section and the South Ridge section (H) that we took was difficult! Take plenty of water!
There are actually quite a few trails in this system. We hiked the Arboretum, Lake Austell, and Big Ben (listed separately). The Arboretum is very short and has signage about the different types of trees. You go out and back on the same trail (close to the visitor center). Lake Austell starts next to the Arboretum. It's a beautiful hike in the spring (and gorgeous in the fall!). It goes through the woods and over several small bridges and up curving stairs. Fairly easy hike though longer.
The trails here are in good shape. The park is clean overall other then near the lakes where fisherman have left behind lots of trash.