Village Creek Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
318 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

Directions from Forrest City: Go 13 miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 284 to the park.

hiking
3 months ago

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
4 months ago

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
7 months ago

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
10 months ago

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
Monday, March 06, 2017

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

trail running
Sunday, November 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
Sunday, June 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.

Sunday, 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!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

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.

Friday, January 01, 2016

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.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Nice trail.

Friday, August 21, 2015

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.

road biking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

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.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Really cool to hike a section of the trail of tears. The trails and park are very nice.

mountain biking
Monday, May 05, 2014

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!

hiking
Monday, May 05, 2014

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 22, 2013

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.

hiking
Friday, January 25, 2013

I agree with Aaron--what a fun place to hike and camp! This state park is very well maintained and the walk-in sites that back up to the creek are secluded and pretty. The only advice I'd offer is to wear long pants and sleeves when hiking; the chiggers are nasty!

walking
Sunday, October 24, 2010

This trail is a nice addition to the trail systems that exist throughout this very scenic state park, but there is nothing spectacular about the trail itself. In fact, it is a stretch to call most of it a hiking trail. However, the breezes from the lake are nice during certain times of the year, and it is relatively peaceful and calm throughout the seasons.

hiking
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Village Creek State Park is one of the nicest state parks I have ever visited anywhere. Besides the new visitor center with small museum, there are pavillions for picnicking, newly updated cabins for overnight stays, numerous campsites, two large lakes with paddle boats and kayak rentals, stables and trailer parking, and so much more.

I have never done anything other than hike, but that alone is enough in this wonderful park. The 6.7-mile trail system is one of the best flat-land systems I have ever traversed. Traversing up and down Crowley's Ridge, it is a moderate hike that is somewhat challenging during stretches but helps the new hiker by flattening out in others and presenting modern conveniences such as bridges and wooden stairs near the visitor center and pavillions. However, the most alluring aspect of the system is the Trail of Tears section of the system.

Beginning at Lake Austell, four signs display the history of the Trail of Tears, particularly as it relates to this area of Arkansas. Four of the five major tribes traversed the region on their forced migration to present-day Oklahoma. Many smaller tribes joined in their sad exodus. These signs are the perfect foreground information to prepare you emotionally for the sight you are about to witness along the trail. After a short climb up wooden steps and a significantly upsloping dirt path, one exits at a forested trail. Another sign informs you that you have arrived at the original Trail of Tears, with this section perfectly preserved. Indeed, it is a sight to behold. Massive amounts of earth were removed by hand circa 1830 to carve a path through then swampland so that the "red devils" could migrate west. Being unfarmable land along the ridge, this section had remained largely unchanged until Arkansas purchased the land and made it safe for future citizens to enjoy this walk through history. As one walks along, massive trees sit aside the trail with exposed roots. The forest floor in places is several feet above one's head. One can imagine those poor souls walking this same trail almost 200 years prior, and the emotion is nearly overwhelming.

After the one-mile or so section abades, the trail returns to a gentle hike through forested land with diverging paths beyond. Though the trail system is only approximately 7 miles, the park boasts some 20 miles or so of multi-purpose trails. Hikers are allowed to hike/walk all of them, though only about 5 are designated for equestrians and 12 or so for cyclists.

So, whether you are a fan of exercise in the great outdoors or wishing to have a relaxing retreat, Village Creek State Park is the perfect place for you.

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