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Village Creek Trail is a 4.5 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.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 328 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Texas State Parks are open for day use. Due to COVID-19 parks require reservations. You must reserve and print day passes before you arrive, wear a face mask, practice social distancing in the park, and limit groups to 5 or less. More info can be found here: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/

hiking
bridge out
muddy
1 month ago

Great five-mile hike today. Very few people on the trail, good for social distancing obviously. We took the Military Road Trail, the upper loop and enjoyed it. A couple of things, though. The swinging bridge is OUT: You will probably have to wade a creek. The trail was very muddy. Also, we almost stepped on a rattlesnake. A large rattlesnake.

hiking
1 month ago

Coronavirus hike. Only passed one person on 3hr hike. Only one bathroom open, not at the main welcome center but take directions to swimming beach, and it’s the bathroom close to the lake. The trail is great! Good elevation change first mile. Then takes a nice turn into valley like mile and half, then ends next to stream. Lots of butterflies, a little muddy, not terrible.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
2 months ago

Great trail that has so much history.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Great trails, friendly staff. It’s a little bit of climbing, not much. I can see where most of it could be really muddy, but it wasn’t the day we went. I’m definitely going back. The sooner the better.

hiking
bridge out
5 months ago

Quite an unusual forest system with the old military road cutting through it’s heart. The place definitely carries a morose energy about with the Trail of Tears history. I went on Thanksgiving morning with my dog who treated the embankments along the road as a skateboarder’s half-pipe. Really cool ambience in late fall being able to see the many levels of rolling banks. Exposed root systems are always cool to look at as well. Lake Austell’s surrounding land can be quite muddy, got my Jeep stuck doing something stupid after the hike, so don’t be stupid if you can resist.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail! Definitely coming back to this one

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike with easy and moderate portions. The swinging bridge is out. You may have to cross some water. Most of the trails are wide and easily defined. At the end of the Military Road, you will take the bike path back toward the open field and baseball field, which is near the visitor center.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice park with friendly staff. the trails are decent. I found the trail markings to be lacking, honestly. it was kind of a guessing game on the trail head and what route was what along the trail. if they fixed that I would give a higher review.

bridge out
bugs
closed
over grown
washed out
11 months ago

hiking
Mon Apr 29 2019

Did the trail with friends today. Great day and trails very well maintained. Highly recommend

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

This was a great trail. Well marked. Mostly open trail. Shady.

hiking
Sun Aug 26 2018

Hiked around 8 miles here last month. Trails were well maintained and fun to hike. Prepare for insects, pulled several ticks off my dog and had some chigger bites myself, seems I should have prepared a little better. Will definitely be returning, great little park.

Sat Jun 30 2018

I love running these trails. The review shows 4.0 Miles, but there’s actually 15+ Miles. There are well-placed signs that guide you through the trails.

horseback riding
Sun Jun 03 2018

Did 5 of the available miles. It was nice and well maintained.

hiking
Mon Jan 01 2018

LOTS of great hiking trails in this beautiful park! Lake Austell Trail from visitor center to dam is delightful, and don't overlook the spur to the picnic area that features numerous bridges -- including a pair of arched bridges -- as the trail rises & falls and weaves in & out following the terrain. The Upper Loop of the Military Road Trail follows a well-preserved portion of the Trail of Tears, while the Lower Loop is probably our most favorite trail segment in the park. And be sure to check out the awesome Swinging Bridge not far down the trail from the Upper/Lower Loop junction. (Segment from Swinging Bridge back to visitor center is also a bike trail, so not nearly as enjoyable for hiking.)

hiking
Fri Nov 24 2017

This park has a lot of trails (some shared with horses and bikes). I started on Dunn's lake trail and follow south to 13, 11 and then came back by H and 12 marks, it gave me at least 5miles (not bad at all).

hiking
Sun Sep 03 2017

This trail had some gorgeous scenery! Everywhere you looked there was creeks running through and rolling hills. Walking on parts of the actual Trail of Tears was pretty moving. We picked a great day and the weather was perfect. Most of the trail is covered in the shade. Also, beware of spiders!! We ran into several webs while hiking the trails. Also a pretty place to kayak and boat. We tried to paddle boat but they were all closed :( over all a great easy trail that I would recommend

hiking
Sat Jun 10 2017

This is a nice hike on the easier side of moderate, but it is actually a compilation of several trails. From the Visitor Center, start on the Austell Trail. The Austell Trail connects the Visitor Center with the Lake Austell area, and it features some nice loess topography with only a couple of steep areas. Upon reaching Lake Austell, pick up the Military Road Trail, which partially follows the Memphis-Little Rock Road built in the 1820's. Some of the Cherokee were forcibly marched down this road during the Trail of Tears. After crossing the swinging bridge, you enter the newest part of the trail system, which is shared with mountain bikers. This segment brings you back to the Visitor Center.

hiking
Mon Mar 06 2017

Nice hilly hike with no rocks. Also nice education on the Trail of Tears.

running
Sun Nov 13 2016

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/

hiking
Sun Jun 05 2016

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.

Sun May 29 2016

I like this trail. It's fairly easy, but long enough to get a work out. We take our dogs & they love it too!

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