Best trails in Jasper, Arkansas

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Looking for a great trail near Jasper, Arkansas? AllTrails has 14 great hiking trails, forest trails, river trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Withrow Springs State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area or Smith Creek Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 6 moderate trails in Jasper ranging from 1.1 to 10.6 miles and from 912 to 2,057 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Jasper, Arkansas
Top trails (14)
#1 - Round Top Mountain Trail
Jasper, Arkansas
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Round Top Mountain 3.5 mile trail loops around the base of the mountain top bluffs with scenic rock formations, minor remnants of a Bomber plan that crashed in the 1940's, and then climbs to the top of the bluff to allow panoramic views of the area before returning to the trail head. The trail provides some great views of Jasper and the surrounding area, along with some excellent rock formations and bluff lines. Stops on the trail include an indian bluff shelter & a marker where the plane crashed. The trail begins with a series of switch backs but quickly levels off with only a couple of climbs after that to reach the mountain top. Overall an easy trail. It only earns a moderate difficult rating for the beginning switch backs.Show more
#2 - Cecil Cove Loop Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 30 m
This is a scenic trail that crosses Cecil creek several times, has bluffs, historic homsteads, and old cemetery.Show more
#3 - Balanced Rock Falls and Ponca Landing
Buffalo National River
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 32 m
#4 - Ponca Wilderness and Buffalo National River Loop
Buffalo National River
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Length: 18.3 mi • Est. 9 h 21 m
From Kyles landing until the River crossing at mile marker 11.4, the trail is overgrown and gone. At this point, we highly recommend using water shoes and traveling the river to the 11.4 point. If you are determined to travel the route, use the AllTrails Pro Map to navigate the dense willow thickets. Once you make it to the 11.4 mark, the trail will remain clear and easy to navigate for the remainder of the hike.Show more
#5 - Hammerschmidt Falls Trail
Henry Koen Experimental Forest
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 23 m
The trail is open year around. It is best visited in the spring or late fall when the water is flowing. There are no signs designating the trail so you will likely want to bring the app or downloaded map. Park on the side of hwy 74 and hike in. Easy and short trail to the top of the falls. At the trailhead, take the first left before you cross the creek. Users have reported that the trail is very close to private property. The NPS office in Harrison may have the latest information regarding access. Show more
#6 - Buffalo River Trail from Kyles Landing Campground
Buffalo National River
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 5 h 15 m
#7 - Buffalo River Paddle Route: Ponca to Kyles Landing
Buffalo National River
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Length: 10.0 mi
Buffalo River canoeing features the most scenic icons of the upper Buffalo River, including: the majestic Big Bluff, and the awe-inspiring Hemmed-In Hollow Falls, both the largest bluff and waterfall between the Rocky and Appalachian Mountain Ranges. Big Bluff can be viewed along the direct route, but Hemmed-In Hollow Falls require a 1 mile (roundtrip) hike from the river. The water route also includes many other scenic bluffs, including the amazing Roark Bluff, a majestic painted bluff created from the acidic rainfall of the region. All in all, this section of river is some of the best in the whole Buffalo National River.Show more
#8 - Buffalo River Trail
Buffalo National River Wilderness
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Length: 35.4 mi • Est. Multi-day
The Old River Trail criss-crosses back and forth across the Buffalo National River from Ponca to Pruitt. Long before this was a national park, the river was home to pioneer families who moved up and down the river by horse-drawn wagon and eventually automobile or truck. You can still see skeletal remains of some of these abandoned vehicles as you travel the Old River Trail. This trail is for those who don't mind getting their feet wet, as even in summertime low water there's just some places that always offer a wet crossing. The trail is most commonly used by trail riders, however, it is not unusual for a backpacker to travel the Old River Trail as well. The advantage to this trail is it keeps you in the riverbed where you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Buffalo River closeup and personal. In contrast, the Buffalo River Trail traverses the eastern upper mountain benches above---and oftentimes out of sight---of the river below. In summer, the trail can become more than a bit gnarly as the undergrowth, along with assorted ticks, chiggers and mosquitos, can keep you challenged in between river crossings. For this reason, fall and winter are glorious times to enjoy the Old River Trail with the main challenge being that of keeping your feet warm and dry, at least for part of the time.Show more
#9 - Scenic 7 Byway: Harrison to Russellville
Jasper, Arkansas
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Length: 83.2 mi
#10 - Kyle’s Landing to Camp Orr via Buffalo River Trail
Buffalo National River
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
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