Explore the most popular historic site 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.

backpacking
19 days ago

Very beautiful even during the dry season. My wife and I, along with another couple backpacked Sneed's Creek from the Compton trailhead and then looped back by way of Hemmed in Hollow. Sneed's Creek was somewhat overgrown and hard to see the trail, but was very beautiful nonetheless. We camped north of the old homestead near where Sneed's Creek feeds into the Buffalo River. Many primitive campsites were along the trail. We filtered all of our water from the Buffalo, however, I wouldn't recommend drinking straight from the source. Definitely a hard hike with a backpack but very well worth it.

Attempted to make a 2 mike hike in and set up for the night but had to get hundreds of deer ticks off immediately after stopping to set up. Not exactly the trails fault but I don’t think it is traveled enough for there to not be a problem with ticks. Had good hills right away which seemed very promising!

On 7/14/18, I hiked the trail starting at the Ponca put-in (b/c a cool dip in the river was to be the reward for an expected onerous hike). Nice trail until I reached where the BRT crosses private land. I lost the trail and attempted to re-connect for 30+ minutes. No luck, so I returned and continued on the BRT to Steel Creek. Really nice trail! Then I returned for a refreshing dip. Look forward to hiking the BRT from Ponca to Pruitt (in various day hikes). And doing the ORT.

walking
1 month ago

This trail connects to the Crystal Bridge Trail and is mostly paved but offers some dirt sections. It is a short trail but still enjoyable. Foot traffic has always been virtually non-existent the times I have been on it. There are several benches where you can sit and relax and just enjoy being outside.

Short and easy trail with lots of informative signs and century old buildings about the history and the inhabitants of the town that sprang up because of the zinc mines. More difficult trail comes off of this one that guides you past the old mines. My family and I enjoyed it.

The trail itself is beautiful, very overgrown this time of year but we expected that. What we didn't expect was the new feature, it's like a butterfly house, but with ticks. Deer, lone star, seed, take your pick. In an 8 hour hike, my brother and I each removed about 300-400 ticks from our bodies and clothes, even with 100% deet and permethin. I'd imagine other sections with less pasture and farmland wouldn't be as bad, but this was bordering on unsafe.

This is in the Fort Smith National Historical Site, but you don't have to pay to walk the trail. It's pretty easy, with only slight inclines. It's also completely paved, so it's accessible.
There's information boards about the area & the river flows right alongside it. I recommend.

hiking
3 months ago

Rough trail and tough hike but the scenery at sneeds Creek is awesome!!!!! if you follow sneeds Creek past granny Henderson's house, useing the Buffalo River Trail and cross the river, you can eventually pick up the hemmed in Hollow Trail back up to the trailhead. You can make this a big loop with the hemmed-in Hollow Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Goat Trail was awesome!!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Fun, easy trail. Does have a few steep places, but my daughter hiked this one with me today with her 11 month old in a back carrier. Was muddy in places, and we did have to cross a creek that was running pretty good! Trail is pretty well marked, but watch for orange arrows on rocks as well as the trail markers.

Every time I hike a little part of the OHT, I think "what a lovely stretch of trail." This portion is no exception. The views as you head up the mountain just get more spectacular. On the Spring day when I visited, the wildflowers and butterflies were going like gangbusters. The old chimney and well at the homesite are neat, and worth the very short detour to check them out.
You do go UP, though fairly gradually. And then it's all downhill to get back to the trailhead!

Great trail along the lake that has a nice loop back to the visitors center at the park.

backpacking
4 months ago

This was a surprising trail. We added this loop onto our centerpoint trail to give us more miles. It turned out to be a new favorite. The creek is beautiful and a good place for water. There were several spots along creek with fire rings and flat spots to camp. There were some old cars abandon Apple orchards and a tough uphill climb.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, but a few challenging places for younger kids.

One of the best sections of the Buffalo River Trail, due to access to river bank, view of historic railroad bridge piers and Red Bluff. Thanks to local citizens who adopt this trail and keep in good shape.

when you start going up the hill there are tons of fossils on the side of the trail in the rock mounds.

Nothing special. It may start at a Museum but there is nothing else of interest on the route. It is a basic residential neighborhood with questionable sidewalks.

hiking
6 months ago

Simple hike overlooking the lake and and remnants of a homestead.

This loop is essentially two trails, counterclockwise (1) south half is well maintained "tourist trail" visits a half dozen old mines, mine entrances fenced off, J-shaped, moderate, some gradual uphill. No problem with ticks & chiggers, trail is mostly a wide road.
(2) north side enters forest, is primitive, not maintained, essentially a bushwhack. Good Samaritans hung ribbons on trees, carefully follow the fading ribbons (tread buried under leaves), ascend the ridge thru rock formations, nice vista, then descend back down to the well-groomed tourist trail on the north side. Don't attempt the wild unmaintained north side of the loop unless adventurous and fit.

hiking
9 months ago

Perhaps my favorite place...a challenge to get in and out and lots to explore.

Would have been better to wait for leaf off for better valley views. Dry this time of year (late September) so take plenty of water. Listening to elk bugle at night was the highlight for me.

Loved this trail. Well marked and just the right amount of challenge.

Well, what can I say? Let give an overall review and then some pros and cons.

Review:
The trail starts off at a pretty steep ascent but levels out fairly quickly. The main trail all the way to Clabber Creek is marked well but has some fallen trees covering the trail in different places but these are easily detoured around and then you're right back on the trail.

Pros:
There is a lot of history and information for this trail. Clabber Creek is absolutely gorgeous.

Cons:
Most of the 'attractions/activities' along the trail are fenced off and hard to get good photos. The scenery along the trail is thick and you can't see very far into the woods. The prettiest photo ops were actually off the main trail.

Under NO circumstance take the trail past Clabber Creek that's marked 'Over The Mountain Top Trail'. The trail on this app at that point leads you through thickets, briars, and we had to traverse an 8 foot cliff wall in order make our way back to the trailhead. This is a VERY DANGEROUS ROUTE.

hiking
11 months ago

The trail was pretty overgrown in some places and a little rugged, but the hike to the creek was definitely worth it! There are some beautiful falls and swimming holes, and I didn't see anyone else on the trail all day. I would definitely go back!

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

One of my favorite places. The ambiance of this place make me come back again and again.

WARNING: There is a lot of poison ivy along the sides of the trail!! But heck, this is the Ozarks, it's everywhere this time of year. That in mind, this is a nice relaxing hike through the woods that offers views of the lake and different rock formations. I only made mention of the poison ivy for those who are allergic to it. Which I am, and I probable would have wore hiking pants since it was a nice day and not too hot. And FYI, you can actually make this a loop hike if you take the Shepherd Springs Loop trail which links towards the beginning and end of this trail. The Shepherd Springs Loop also offers views of different rock formations. Only 4 stars because we save 5 for trails with awesome, spectacular views.

hiking
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This trail allows you to start and finish at the same location. The official park trail map starts at Gulpha Gorge and finishes on West Mountain which means that you would have to park a car at the trailhead and the finish. This route simply starts and ends downtown using other hiking trails to connect the gap. This is a very long hike and you should set aside several hours to complete. My gps measured 13.13 miles. Parts of the trail are very steep and washed out. Take plenty of water, there are no water sources along the way. Plenty of deer to see along the way.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

love camping there in the fall..hiking is pretty fun ...on the trail if you haven't walked it before there's a spot were the rain washes out a spot if you don't k ow the trail that's the only confusing spot..it's a little overgrown. .here and there but still a good hike..my 6 year old girl can do it so can you..watch your speed in the park and buckle up..they patrol well and keep it safe and are there to help..

Amazing scenery !!

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