War Eagle Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews

War Eagle Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Huntsville, Arkansas that features a river 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.

1.5 miles
203 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



Directions from Huntsville: Travel five miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 23 until you reach the Withrow Springs State Park.

23 days ago

Great little hike! The cave was cool, even though it’s closed. You can scramble down to the creek to the right of it and watch the water come out from the inside of the cave. Very pretty. Lots of cool bluffs and a nice shaded amphitheater-like place. The bluffs overlooking the creek were just beautiful. Good spot for lunch. We had a cool breeze and saw lots of wildlife. The overlooks were pretty, too, but the bluffs were my favorite part. Definitely worth checking out. So many awesome features packed into a short, fun hike.

3 months ago

Great little trail! definitely need to be careful in spots. The cave entrance is a cool spot for pictures and plenty of nice views of the bluffs and river.

5 months ago

Definitely will go again Me and my wife enjoyed camping and hiking

5 months ago

I wish it was longer! Lots of beauty! I was surprised

9 months ago

Three stars for me means a nice trail that I would do again. It’s not the ideal trail for young children, as there are some precarious bluffs where the trail is literally on the edge. We stopped and had lunch on a nice bluff with a great view. We made it down to the water so the kids could play around with the dog, and there weren’t many others out there. We encountered a fallen tree over the trail on our way in, and on our way out, there were some staff cutting it down. So it’s maintained nicely, and def worth the 30 min drive from Fay.

9 months ago

Great little trail that takes about an hour even stopping for pics. Nice view and saw some deer.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Trailhead and parking a little confusing. Park in gravel lot by bridge, trail goes under bridge.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Wow. Just gorgeous. It's a short, easy hike with some steep up (or down, depending). Lots of slick rocks, but nothing you can't handle with some care. The views of the creek and the surrounding woods/pasture are breathtaking, even on a cloudy, drizzly day.

I was accompanied by a fearless, overly-energetic mountain goat on a leash (i.e. my dog), and he heard the words "Wait" and "EASY!" a lot. And even though he is a very good boy, there were several opportunities for him to go hurting off the bluff into the creek. I'd consider a leash for any children on this hike too!

The directions here on the site will take you into the park, which is fine. We started on the other end of the trail, though. There's a sign on 23, right after you cross over the creek, for War Eagle Trail Parking. Turn left at that sign, and turn left immediately (going straight takes you to campsites). Park by the Information sign, and take the little trail that runs under the bridge. You'll come to a sign for the trailhead. This works well, because you can easily continue on to the Dogwood trail loop, then head back on War Eagle trail to your car.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Great trail for being so short. The cave is closed to protect the bats from White Nose Syndrome. There is a safety cable to protect you from falling at one point, it is too lose and should not be trusted.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful hike, but the signage to the entrances are not very good. Although labeled as moderate, there are some very steep inclines on rather slippery terrain. Well worth the effort!

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Great little hike that's not too far from Fayetteville (only about half the distance as the Buffalo River Trails).
Loved the pasture views from the top. Definitely go in the morning or evening if you want good photos. Will definitely hike again with friends and beginners.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nice trail with great views. Wear proper footwear. Can be very slick in some areas.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

The beautiful views were worth the trek to the top. It was slippery down at the bottom when you first get started, and the incline is pretty intense. But the whole thing is not very long and the views are great. If you continue on the Dogwood Trial, be sure to bring a map. We went the wrong way and ended up out on the highway and had to walk it back. Would not recommend that part!

Monday, July 27, 2015

For a short, quick trail in NWA... I am giving this one a 5 star. I wasn't expecting too much for this trail, but I ended up getting two scenic spots that made the trip worth it. I love the bluffs over the river 1/2 way up the trail. The water looks fun, and if I had my swimming suit I can imagine spending more time here. The overlook at the top was more than I had imagined. I was completely impressed. The trail ends at Highway 23. You are supposed to turn around and hike back down. I chose to walk down Highway 23 back to my car. This was my 4th event on July 18. In addition to this trail... I also hiked Shaddox Hollow Trail, visited War Eagle Mill and toured the War Eagle Cavern ALL on the same day.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Went on this hike with my wife and two friends. They all enjoyed the swimming at the bridge and about 3/4 up the trail. The trail was an easy hike and it was amazing to see how high the creek had got from our past rains. Plan on making a return trip to this location and explore the other trails in the park as well.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hiked this trail in late March on an unfortunately rainy day but still enjoyed myself. The rocks in certain areas were very slick because of the rain and the trail was muddy in some spots. The view at the top of the trail, looking out over the river, is incredible. The cave at the bottom near the river was closed. I believe it has something to do with the bats and White-nose Syndrome. All-in-all a great trail!

Monday, January 19, 2015

We did this trail in Jan. We have five children and they did fine but it is extremely narrow in many areas. Additionally if its wet you will need good grip shoes because there are narrow areas with rock which would be slippery. All n all, great river views, short hike, and take time to walk to the edges and just look at the rock formations along the river! We did not do the trail from the trailhead we did it from the end. Dogwood trail is directly at the end you can loop through it and come back or as we did stopped for lunch and then did it. There is also other trails in the park. I recommend checking out their trail maps we kept busy .

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Pretty good hike...have to watch the drop offs and the narrow trail at times. There is a pretty good geocache on this trail as well if you do that :)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I was a bit worried that this trail wouldn't be as interesting since I was hiking it in the winter, but those views of the river were absolutely amazing! I'm sure its even more beautiful in the spring or fall especially, but it's definitely a great winter trail as well!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A really pretty hike! If you sit down by the river and wait a while, you might see kayakers paddling by. The little cave is closed because of an effort to protect the bats. Several cave populations of bats have been getting a fungus that disturbs them from their winter hibernation, and then they starve to death, since they wake up to early... So the closed cave is to help prevent this from spreading...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

We went to the lower access/parking area for war eagle trail, map said that the trail began on the other side of the 23. You cannot see any signs because you have to take the small path under the road bridge to the start of the trail. The trail is rated moderate, but due to the extremely narrow pathway,generally with a 20-30 foot drop on the one side and if like today the rock is wet it is extremely slippery.
(check out photos)
After you get through the really narrow stuff and pass the "cave", yes it is there with a closed sign, the trail starts to climb and widen, will give you a good cardio workout. There are two or three interesting spots/lookouts on the way up until you get to a rest bench, this is sort of the end of the trail at .5 mile.
Keep going on the trail up to the park area and the 23 again .25mile, so war eagle trail is really 1.5 miles there and back unless you turn back at the bench then 1 mile.
We crossed the road to find the trailhead for the Dogwood trail loop .75 mile
its sort of like the eye of a needle, through the woods to the beginning of the eye, it is easier if you go left and walk down through the steep rough part, much easier wider climb coming back on the other side.
War eagle has white marked trees and Dogwood has Red.
All in all a very short, ( both trails together total 2.25 miles according to my GPS) varied and pretty walk with plenty of interesting scenery and features.
If you are NOT reasonably fit and mobile or have young children, I personally would not recommend it!
This is a walk we will do again when the autumn colors come in ;-)

Friday, March 08, 2013

Great hike!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

We had a great Sabbath day to get out and enjoy this hike. We started off at the parking area by the bridge and headed off. The trail looks to be used quite often as it runs by War Eagle Creek. Not much water flowing today so the creek was shallow but clear. The cave along the was looked interesting however it was closed. We continued on along the bluff line. Parents, watch your kids from here on, there are some very steep places along the way. As you head up the hill mid way through the hike, the views are amazing. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

War Eagle Trail is located near Withrow Springs State Park. It's a fairly short hike and has a few treacherous spots (especially for those who are sure-footed...or little kids). A couple of areas require you to traverse a ledge that has had pole and wire railing installed. We hiked on a drizzly day so the rock face was a little slick...my daughter slipped and ended up losing her brand new hiking stick as it tumbled over the ledge. We still had a great time and enjoy a sack lunch at the top of the overlook of War Eagle Creek. We made it back to the trailhead via HWY 23 in about an hour. There is a small cave and a large cave (which were barricaded due to the spread of White-Nose syndrome spreading to bats. All in all its a decent hike if you're in the Huntsville area.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

hiked the trail in late fall, leaves were off, great view over the valley on the bluff. Small cave was nice highlight. Pleasant short hike.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The creek running alongside the trail makes for a scenic hike, but the noise from the highway takes away from the peace. If the one-mile-in hike is too short for you, you can easily jump on the Dogwood Trail (.75 mi in, 1.5 in and out total) that is across the highway.

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