Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Arkansas with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
1 day ago

Beautiful for a nice walk/hike. Always have fun when I go

It would be a 5 star if I could find a better trail to the large Waterfall. Very beautiful and rewarding. Great views and after hiking there for several years I found a small cave to hike through. Bring a very long rope if you want to see the big fall.

walking
6 days ago

Loved the waterfall, rapids and suspension bridge. A fun easy and interesting trail

A nice, long walk right next to downtown Little Rock. Critters and birds galor, My only wish would be a little more shade and an added water bubbler or two. Do bring water with, there are a couple on the path but they're spread out if you're just going for a casual walk and are from more northern climes like myself. All in all, time well spent and a great project to enjoy the riverfront.

Great little getaway for nature lovers!!!

backpacking
9 days ago

At the beginning of the trail, it's pretty straight forward and easy to follow, but once you make the turn off to go on to the actual Black Fork trail, there are no more blazes to mark the trail. Not far past this turn, you come up to a shelter, but it's not technically on the trail. Just before you make it to the shelter, someone has marked the path with red ribbon on a few trees. This was the only way we were able to find the path from here. The path is easy to follow from there until you get to the end of the "U" (its the "V" on AllTrails). We completely lost the trail there even after heavily relying on the Ouachita National Forest Map I got on Avenza Maps.

The trail is heavily overgrown in parts with thorny vines that were not fun to get through. I don't know if we were more focused on trying to stick to the trail, but we also never found the vistas that were the main reason we planned to do this hike. Maybe we just missed something, I don't know...

I do not recommend this trail at all because of the vines and the trail being so hard to follow. Definitely more of a frustrating hike than we were wanting.

Really love this little loop. Pretty easy path through lots of woods. A few exposed stretches. Only real complaint is that it's so close to the road in some places.

10 days ago

This trail was great!! We took a 8 and 3 year old and had a blast! Be sure to pack your swim suit.

Did this trail in July of 2017. Loved it!!! Bring snacks, extra water and watch for rattlesnakes in the rocky area.

road biking
10 days ago

Great beginner trail. The area that follows the bluff/river line is very well maintained. Small portion of the trail was overgrown, we just bypassed. Kid friendly

Was difficult to find. The All Trails map takes you right there - but there’s no sign. Across the street, there’s a small driveway that goes to a camp site on the river. If you are leaving that driveway, go right 20 yards, and left there is the word “Locate” spraypainted in white letters. Right there is the trail. Took me all but 40 mins round trip. Water was dripping but low. It’s a difficult hike towards the very end climbing over boulders and rocks but kind of cool

hiking
16 days ago

The beginning of the trail is steep and sheer. I took 6 kids ages 17-9. They all loved the hike even if spots were tough. There are beautiful views, wildlife, and quartz rocks aplenty on the trail. Unfortunately there are parts of the trail that are very overgrown. The trail needs some maintenance.

Beautiful trail and our dogs were worn out afterwards.

Time just flew by hiking this trail. Love seeing the water nearly every step of the way. The damn is great and this is a must see trail in ES.

Hard to find trail head...but I liked that because it kept the traffic down....we didn’t make it to the end, but as pretty geology as I’ve been around in AR

camping
27 days ago

Gorgeous area for picnics and swimming. Man-made swimming area. No fish that I saw! Little steps and ladder to get in and out. Beach area. Within Charlton Campgrounds in Ouachita National Forest. $3 fee for use, free to campers. Great campground.

My 2nd time here and it’s always beautiful !!!!!

hiking
1 month ago

We did 2.4 miles in to the Forest Service road and back. A little overgrown at the top where many Pines are. Enjoyed the refreshing cool spring water. The path is easy to see but I would’ve rated it as moderate due to the elevation.

road biking
1 month ago

Nice trail that is close so if you are looking for a quick hike/bike ride/walk/etc. this is a good spot. It's a paved trail and does get busy. The trail was wide enough to accommodate everyone the day I was there (Tuesday).

nature trips
1 month ago

Beautiful, clearly marked trails, family and pet friendly!

My family enjoyed this hike. Water views throughout. Well maintained trails have enough traffic to make you feel like a part of a community but not so busy they feel congested.

Nice walk along the water. Don’t miss the path to the top of the rock overlooking the lake!

hiking
1 month ago

So beautiful! I came here with my three young children, and they didn’t want to leave! The trails are easy & safe for kids!

I really enjoy going there. I can hike,mountain Bike, kayak and paddle board. It has it all. They have rv spots and cabins for rent plus new biking cabins.

nature trips
1 month ago

An easy trail that takes you across and along the creeks pretty much the entire trail. There is a beautiful waterfall and then a cable bridge on the opposite end of the trail. Very pretty area, and moderately popular as everytime I've gone there there were plenty of others roaming around. A great area to explore and kill an afternoon.

nature trips
1 month ago

Fairly well maintained arboretum featuring mostly paved trails, geocaching, flowers & trees with markers, and a gazebo.

A great quick escape just off the road, nice place to have lunch and hit the road for the next.

1 month ago

first time out there was very pretty nice and peaceful the waterfall was beautiful.

nature trips
1 month ago

Very scenic.

If you’re in the area, this is a must see. I may be biased since this was the spot my hubby popped the question, but I think it’s one of the most magical places on earth! Stroll down the wooden walkway, it’s fully accessible, take deep breaths-that’s simple purity! Make sure to touch the water, the air around it gives you a hint of just how cold it is, but TOUCH it! If you’re able, instead of just taking the same path back to your car, head up the mountain (if you’re looking at the spring it’s on your left). It’s pretty steep, but also pretty neat! It leads up to an old well and road and will take you right back out to the parking lot.

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