Explore the most popular kid 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.

I enjoyed this trail a lot. Very diverse terrain and pretty throughout. My dog loves creeks so the spring was a plus for us.

We fit this nice n easy, wide trail in between rain storms. Shared the trail with maybe a dozen deer. With this trail, it’s easy to walk to the highest point in Arkansas.

Short and sweet

nice little hiking trail and love the cave

The entire trail is an ATV trail. Will return during leaf-off when the views will be better. Walked down the trail to the campsite where someone had left their tent unpegged and also left a bunch of garbage in the fire pit. The views, once you reach the roost, are beautiful, but not worth the atv hike in the summer. Lots of wildlife and am eager to return in the winter.

Great family friendly trail with lots of sights and activities packed into a short hike. Fun and beautiful.

A quiet, easy trail with some nice scenery.

I love this hike! I go all the way around! You can hike the creek bed. Along the waterfall.
It is busy at times. But, overall it is a great place to hike.

Going in as one of my favorites! The cliff rocks. The foliage. The lizards. The cave! The lake! It is definitely a moderate hike. Steep in places. Close to the edge in others. Loose rock, so good shoes needed. It is very worth the time tho.

on Greenfield Trail

4 days ago

Pretty overgrown in spots, but a very green, forest trail. Lots of loose rock underfoot when walking up and down the hill.

hiking
5 days ago

A nice short trail to get you going

hiking
5 days ago

This was my favorite trail of this system, the historic aspect adds to it, highly recommended in the off season

It is a good view of the lake, the paved surface kinda takes away from the natural side of it, I like the new fishing peer

I was really excited about this trail, but I was sadly disappointed. The trail is not well marked at all and we got lost (not terribly, just went a wrong way ) twice. But the worse was the POISON IVY. It turned into a stressful hike because we had little kids who do not know how to identify poison ivy, but it also was bad because it was IN our path, not just around it. we had to walk on poison ivy for most of the way. The trail itself its beautiful. we would go again maybe in the winter, when there is no poison ivy , but I would also take some ribbon to mark our way.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful scenery, good workout with some elevation changes. Very rocky, be sure to wear shoes with good tread, especially if it has recently rained. My favorite trail at Petit Jean so far. Went on a Friday afternoon in August (very humid, obviously, but not too crazy hot as it is very shaded), didn’t see any other people at all.

Fun and quick

Beautiful trail!

mountain biking
5 days ago

Nice easy lake loop when you are winding down.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Awesome trail, great work by the biking group making such great trails for us to visit.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Had a great ride with wife and teenage boys on Slaughter Pen 1, riding Medusa and Tatamaguchee. Great trails, lots of fun for all skill levels

Very fun and warm afternoon. The hike is mostly shaded with a very well maintained and well marked trail. The trail is moderate but may be hard for anyone with knee issues as a lot of the trail consists of rock making a staircase.
The trail starts at Mather Lodge, we parked in the parking lot, used the nice bathrooms in the lodge and then started the hike. We did take an offshoot trail marked bear caves which extended the hike a bit. It took us one hour to get to the falls and back. There are nice rocks by the falls to have a picnic or rest for awhile.
We didn’t see any snakes but when we got back to the trailhead a woman spotted a snake and screamed, we were happy to be done with the trail at that point.

Great little hike. The beginning was a little boring but the falls were a spectacle to see. Also the cave was a little creepy as it was getting dark later in the evening.

Round trip: 3miles
Elevation gain: 846ft
Time: 1hr 5min

on Bench Trail

6 days ago

Easy hike under the tree canopy. Saw a deer on the trail as well as squirrels, plenty of birds, lizards, and only one snake (which was fine with me)

been here once, talk about beautiful!

Enjoyed the trail though it was a little disappointing to not have any views from the top. I would have a map as their are multiple entry points for this trail. Enjoyed the self guided tour of the trail. Still trying to figure out why there is a water meter in the middle of the woods on the trail....the things that make you go hmmm. Overall nice easy trail.

Have to say this trail was a bit of a disappointment after the amazing trip on the rim trail. To me it was too much like walking up my dirt road. Saying that it was wide and relatively easy and I wasn’t as worried about seeing a snake. There aren’t a lot of views on the trail but there is lots of history. Would love for the park to someday bring some of that history to life. I did find that part interesting. Was surprised to see Fern lake on the path but really wish they would consider cleaning it up a bit. All in all it is a good workout just not as exciting since their weren’t as many views. I did love getting a view of the rim trail to see how high I was the day before.

very easy trail, mostly sidewalk, then when you get to the falls you can climb over rocks and get right up to it, there's a really nice cool breeze on a hot summer day.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful trail, there are several loops for all skill levels. Take the bottom trail to the falls, you can easily walk right up to the bottom of it.

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