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

Our hike was almost 6 miles on this trail. It was nice with lots of small trails connected. Saw some cool mushrooms, a box turtle, frog, salamander, and some other rock structures. Be sure to snap a pic of the map at the entry point before you go in so you know which way to go. There are other paths that will make the hike shorter if you like.

Worst trail in NWA. Poorly marked and overgrown. Very disappointed after a promising sign and pavilion. If you hike with snake boots, carry a machete, and enjoy walking hunched over due to branches while taking countless spiderwebs to the face, you might will enjoy this. If your used to clearly marked trails that are more than a foot wide stay away. Very rocky and shady with lots of chiggers and mosquitos. Lots of potential but very poorly maintained. **We turned back after 45 minutes due to getting lost and the trails being to overgrown for our dog.

Great easy/moderate hike in Fayetteville. The trailhead was super easy to find. It’s by a residential area. The trail itself was confusing, like others have said. The GPS helped tremendously and we actually had fun trying to find our way. Without the GPS though it would have been frustrating. It’s a beautiful trail and even though it was almost 90 degrees when we went, the tree cover definitely helped. I recommend it!

trail running
2 months ago

It was really beautiful but seriously difficult to follow the trails out here.

hiking
2 months ago

pretty chill, not much elevation gain/loss. second quarter is kinda unkempt, the rest is great. ok views of the lake. the ticks are in full swing

hiking
2 months ago

Kristen and I did this trail on trip to fayetteville. So close to town but the trails are great! Big trees. Cool rocks. Nice views. Lots of elevation change. Loved it. It is now a trail system that is a bit confusing as we did not have map. But trails are great fun.

Beautiful, very well maintained trail. we followed the outermost circle, but there are quite a few places to shorten the hike if needed. Perfect for hiking, trail running, or mountain biking.

Poorly marked trail. Without this App I would have been lost. But, with AllTrails I backtracked and found my way. Going clockwise the uphill trek was rocky and strenuous but once we leveled out it was easy to moderate. Nice hike!

trail running
3 months ago

Quick simple trail. Fayetteville’s little gem. They’ve been constructing a mountain bike trail through but doesn’t mess up the flow of the original trail. Great daily run.

excellent trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice and rainy hike.

Seemed like it was uphill a lot but it was really pretty and curvy and interesting and it really felt like I've burned a lot of calories I enjoyed myself.

Great place to spend a day. Trailhead is no longer accessible from HWY 62(Main Street). You must use the Kessler Mountain Park entrance on Cato Springs Road.

hiking
6 months ago

Could use some clean up but overall a great hike.

mountain biking
6 months ago

A very good trail. Part is a gravel road for a short distance then the rest is excellent single track. You first climb then it down hill. Great fun. Well constructed and marked

I would like to do this hike but don’t see any place to park a vehicle and the road is a small 2 lane with no shoulders.

walking
7 months ago

Nice little trail for a quick dog walk. Take 20-30min to walk around.
Good parking.

trail running
8 months ago

This trail is closed (11/1/17)...at least the rock city entrance. Anyone know why??

hiking
11 months ago

It's not a peaceful trail because the traffic is so near you but it is a simple trail.

hiking
11 months ago

Not maintained at all!! I didn't feel comfortable doing it with two kids. We did 5 minutes and then turned around.

hiking
11 months ago

It's a very nice paved trail but if you do not know where you are going then you will get lost because there are other trail heads.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Not sure I would call this a trail. Once I finally found the trailhead, we gave it about a 1/4 of a mile in and it was so overgrown that we turned around and went to the other trail...see that review on that trail!

walking
Sunday, April 02, 2017

The "trailhead" is kinda in a weird spot, for whatever that's worth. The trail just sorta starts next to a road. No place to park and nowhere to walk up to it that isn't on a road. So, don't think that you need to start there. It's real silly. Especially since they put that new parking lot in on Gregg by the Joyce intersection. That thing is as dope as a parking lot can be.

Alright, the trail itself. For being a paved trail running through (and under) a city, it's actually pretty pleasant. The convenience of location, lots of trees everywhere , birds, and other critters running around make up for any of the slight annoyances encountered due to being in a city. Like noise pollution... or mysterious super hardcore fences topped with barbed wire that you'd think someone would care about since they went to all the trouble of putting it up but maybe they really don't care because it was knocked down and no one fixed it.

The trail dumps out at Veteran's Park (Lake Fayetteville) and gives you access to the NWA Mall. So, that's nice I guess.

All in all, it's a part of the Razorback Greenway which is a nice thing to have and it's a nice part of it at that. But it's not like it's a real nature trail. It's a very small road for people and bikes.

hiking
Friday, March 03, 2017

This is a really nice little trail. It's short, but could be combined with the others near the lake for a good session of hiking.

It starts out next to the road and runs right next to it for longer than I'd have liked, but then it goes a bit deeper into the trees and is really pleasant. The little loop at the end is basically in back yards. A gorgeous (and friendly) Great Pyrenees came out to say "hello" - my dog loves everyone, but do be aware of the proximity to houses and resident pets if your furry buddy is picky about meeting new friends.

hiking
Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Nice trail for my morning hike. The first half to the end was near the road and I was a little disappointed, but the second half (after the clearing with the picnic table) I really liked! There was a more remote feel to it and even a little bridge to cross.

hiking
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wonderful trail in any season.

hiking
Friday, October 21, 2016

Our family went here last week and loved it. Check out our review: http://www.thefreebirdsrv.com/smokehouse-nature-trail-review/

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

a little over grown, but nice and feels remote. on 9/12/16 I was out and smelled a bear and there was an enormous bear poop in the middle of trail. just a heads up!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

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