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Village Creek Trail

MODERATE 52 reviews

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


horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers



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

1 month ago

Awesome trail! Definitely coming back to this one

2 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.

3 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
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

Sunday, August 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.

Saturday, June 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
Sunday, June 03, 2018

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

Monday, January 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.)

Friday, November 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).

Sunday, September 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

Saturday, June 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.

Monday, March 06, 2017

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

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.

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!

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.

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!

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