Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

One of the most beautiful trails I've been on. Took the trail less traveled, went to the end of the bluff, climbed down to the river, hiked the river on Old River Trail, climbed out to the homestead on Sneeds Creak trail, and made it back up. Was total about 10-10.5 miles.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Trail is open again

hiking
6 days ago

It's a nice enough trail, with plenty of great views of the lake, but it also basically runs through several backyards (or at least close enough to the houses that you feel like you're in their backyard) and a few of them make it apparent that your presence isn't necessarily appreciated. Though, that was just my takeaway, so your mileage may vary on how worthwhile the trail is.

trail running
6 days ago

Really fun trail. My Garmin clocked the distance at 5.4 miles, not 3.4 as advertised.

Fabulous views for a relatively short hike

Be mindful of the landslide that occurred in the counter-clockwise direction (mile 15 and 14) as of January 7th, 2019. But other than that, the trail was clearly marked and offered beautiful scenery. I like to recommend this trail to people that are just getting into backpacking, but even if you aren’t a beginner, you will love this small section of the Ozarks that Northwest Arkansas has to offer.

This trail is super easy to follow. The view is breathtaking! You think it ends but it doesn’t! It’s about a 6mile bike there and back.

hiking
13 days ago

Sadly, this could be a 5-star trail but views from the peak are obscured by undergrowth, and the old mining road from the loop trail is so overgrown the hike is practically a bushwhack. The mine on the west slope is largely filled in by sediment and leaves, and the mine on the southeastern slope is less accessible.

hiking
15 days ago

Great little hike with great views. Lots of recent rain so be prepared for some mud and water but still very doable. Only four stars because of all the people.

I love this trail! Beautiful lake spot for great meditating. It is closed today (1/5) due to current hunting season. Anyone know when it opens again?

The most beautiful trail In the state. One of my favorite places to be.

The two bluff trails are pretty unique as far I know and the scenery even on a rainy winter day is great. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

backpacking
18 days ago

The trail was difficult at times (maybe my own fault, because I overestimated my beginner abilities ;-) ). Besides that, amazing views. Our dog enjoyed himself too. We will definitely return.

Great view from overlook. We've had some good rain and there were several nice and unexpected streams.

backpacking
19 days ago

The beginning and the end of the hike will test you, but the landscape is worth it. Highly recommend.

Hiked to the end of the Goat Trail today with hubby and 3 kids (14, 8, and 6). Yes, it could be dangerous if you don’t watch your children, but be responsible and stay safe. I certainly wouldn’t say “not for kids.” Maybe not all kids, but if you have an active family,it’s worth the effort. Everyone enjoyed the hike and the views at the end of Goat Trail. The hike out is uphill as all the reviews state, but I’d rather hike uphill than down, so I prefer it this way. Giving it 4 stars because there are some places that are really muddy, and there isn’t a lot to look at the first couple of miles. We walked to the trailhead from our cabin, so we went close to 7 miles total. Even the 6 year old said it was worth it!

Well maintained, easy to walk, some steep short climbs, nice walk but the overlook is the main attraction, the lower portion near the bottom of the hill does have nice views and some rock formations.

A cold hike through the woods in late December. I would say this trail is on the easy end of moderate. A gentle downhill all the way to the overlook and then a gentle uphill slope on the way back, with no serious elevation change at all. The view from the overlook, even in winter with the trees bare, is mostly blocked by trees. The trail is very well marked with blazes and signs, and many benches for resting along the way.

Good trail along the lake. I agree with others that it was kind of hard to follow at times, could have been because it was mostly covered with leaves. There were a few houses at different points and a nice little picnic area with a table. The first little bit of the trail is alongside the highway but in the woods. Others that we passed on the trail said they had seen eagles! As an avid hiker I would rate this as easy and not real strenuous. Nice walk through the woods though!

backpacking
24 days ago

Definitely a no kids hike. First 3/4 of trail is just a pretty walk down into a steep ravine. You come to a clearing , veer to the right then follow a counter clockwise trail around an outcropping onto the bluff face. The down hill is moderately challenging due to very uneven terrain. I went after a rain and it was extremely muddy. Essentially the trail is one giant drainage feature. Very fun, very messy. Wear sturdy boots with good ankle support. The actual bluff is stunning, I was the second car in the parking lot and had the area to myself for a memorable lunch hanging on the ledge. I could see where it would be challenging for people afraid of heights. The way back is by far the most difficult part of the hike. It’s 2.5 miles straight back up the ravine. I am a little chubby and had to stop frequently for heart rate breaks. Was it worth it ? Will I do it again? Hell yeah! By far the best view in Arkansas. Definitely beats yellow rock and the Craig. The area is amazing and am currently planning a backpacking trip around hemmed in hollow. Pace yourself , pack some water , wear sturdy shoes, and make some memories while getting In some cardio!!!

Beautiful view when you finally get down to the goat trail.

hiking
30 days ago

A mainstay for my hiking routine. I periodically come to this trail for a semi-light hike--long and rocky enough to feel like I'm hiking but without the full day obligation. Good views. Limited parking on top, but I suppose it's still better than parking in the campgrounds at the bottom.

good easy trail. short and a little confusing at the turn around, I couldn't figure out a clear trail to follow but it was a beautiful day and I ran both trails on that side of the lake.

trail running
1 month ago

beautiful trail. good incline. a little hard to follow at times, especially with all the leaves and the turn around point was confusing but overall it was a good run for 3 mile trail.

I really like the flood plain portion of the trail. The forest and bamboo look spooky. However, I'm not keen on trails that run right next to roads, which is what half the trail does. Good shape though. Lake Sequoyah has come a long way.

I hike this after two days of good rain and it was gorgeous. All the dry creek beds you’re used to passing over were transformed into gushing waterfalls. The river was up and loud. The trail is not easy so take your time and enjoy yourself. Markings are prominent enough where you shouldn’t have any trouble finding your way.

Lunch looking over the Buffalo. The price for the view is paid on the way out. It was not busy at all today and had the bluff to ourselves for lunch. Be sure to stop in at BOC in Ponca..

1 month ago

This is a great trail for getting out on a short day hike. We’ve taken the kids, the 9 & 6 year old did great. The 3 year old rode in a carrier & was over it about mile 3 but he prevailed. Ha! It’s got a great stopping spot for snacks & a breather at the lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Little late on getting this review up, old age. This hike can be heavily trafficked at times due partially to its relative proximity to the Fayetteville/Bentonville area and because it offers some great hiking. It offers a great view from the overlook. It was very busy the day we hiked but there was plenty of room to sit and have lunch at the overlook.

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