Explore the most popular river 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.

Such a beautiful trail!

Great route for autumn foliage lovers. Also great to take advantage of when it’s raining or you’re too sore to hike from all the activities in the area. Sometimes when the weather isn’t conducive to hiking, I come from hours away just to enjoy the scenic drive.

We enjoyed Centerpoint to Goat Trail. The views were amazing. The hike out is uphill like everyone says. We were exhausted from a full day’s hike connecting other trails.

We hiked over to Sneed’s Creek, and cut through to Hemmed in Hallow. Made for a great day trip. We drank about 3 liters of water each for the whole day. It’s was overcast and misty though, we might would have needed more had it been sunny and hot. There are also man made campsites (clearings) along the way of each trail we encountered. All around a great area to spend a weekend.

on Kings River Falls Trail

1 day ago

The hiking is easy and the floating is good these days.
The pool is the best pool I have ever been in.

Easy hike more of a walk except for the stairs at the end. Beautiful falls when flowing.

I hiked this trail and completed back in 2008 I didn’t remember it being as rough as it is. The group I was with had 4 adults and 11 children ranging from 1-14 YO. It is probably be most beautiful trail I have hiked in Arkansas. We were unable to complete it as we came to a point that we felt was just too risky attempt with the children. I personally feel like we lost the trail. I hope to get attempt this again with my children so they can enjoy the scenic views at the end.

hiking
1 day ago

By far one of the best trails in Arkansas. The trail is maintained and there are so many cool sights. Waterfalls if recent rain. River/creek runs beside the trail. Cave at the end. And more. Just do it!!

This was my first ever over night. It was a fantastic 2 days on the trail. beautiful scenery and a great trail to test your skills! Can't wait to do it again.

I saw three Ozark Chinquapin trees on this trail! It was amazing to see this rare tree.

This trail had some cool rock formations along the way. I wish we could have gone into the bat caves!

on Eagle Rock Loop

2 days ago

This is a great hike! I’m no stranger to the Ouachita trail but have never hiked this area. You simply can’t ask for a better 2-3 day hike. Thank you to the person that added orange markers at all the river crossings. The 8 miles over six peaks is very very challenging, but doable. Great water sources, swimming holes and lots of wildlife!

easy hike

hiking
3 days ago

moderate.

Loved this trail! Plenty of great scenery, well maintained and marked trails. Great trail to just relax and take your time on!

Great hike and probably pretty challenging for beginners. The falls are worth it though!

We arrived late morning...less people and more scenery for us to enjoy alone! After noon, the amount of people definitely picked up!

It was a pretty trail through the woods. The trail was moss covered on the second half after the view from the bluff. In late summer you can't see much from the bluff. The knats were terrible along with the spiderwebs. There were many deer and squirrels along the trail. In all, very enjoyable.

on Hemmed in Hollow Trail

4 days ago

One of the hardest trail I’ve ever experienced BUT it is really worth it.
Even though, the waterfall was barely floating but it was beautiful and the formation of the surroundings was amazing.

I will do it again on the spring!!

This is Lake Catherine State Park's most popular trail. I hiked it on September 15 thinking I'd have it to myself due to the high heat and humidity. Not to be. There were MANY people out and about on this trail. It was very beautiful and the creek waters were crystal clear! I loved this short hike immensely. The suspension bridge was fun and the falls were flowing. I saw a snake and lots of pretty things.

Great trail with good scenery. We (me and my 9 and 10 year old) finished it in about 2 hours. We took the NE Trail from the parking area central spur just before the entrance. From there, we took the S Lower trail until we crossed the bridge where we shot up a steep incline to the S Upper Trail. Followed that trail until it met up with the N Upper Trail and followers that. towards the end there is a sign that says TRAIL and one that says DANGER. If you follow the DANGER sign and turn right at the fork, it will take you out quicker to the parking lot. There are alot of bike riders and the small bridge crossing the spring is out that's why it says DANGER but there are rocks you can cross that is no big deal. Even the bikers cross the spring!

Very well maintained trail with a nice walk along the side the river to a nice waterfall with a great swimming hole under it. The river was very low but still flowing enough to get wet in the swimming hole.

hiking
7 days ago

Just hiked on the the eagle rock loop trail. We had 4 boys with us, from 14 years old down to 7.
We had no intentions of hiking the whole loop, just wanted to let the boys enjoy the swimming holes and scenery as we went.
The boys loved the water. Very clear and clean. We did the hike clockwise from winding stairs trailhead. Made it as far as Eagle Rock Vista.
With the few turn around see he losing the trail at water crossings, it’s about 9 miles.
Absolutely beautiful country. We did see several water snakes, so watch out. They are actually very dosile, one of the boys actually stepped on one.
There is no need to carry much water until you get to the base of a summit since you can drink plenty along the way.
We turned in early at the campsite around 2:00 the last evening just because it was such a awesome campsite with super clear water and a nice swimming hole. The boys played in the water until they were too cold they couldn’t stand it ... they had a blast.
My only complaint would be the trails are marked poorly or not at all at some of the water crossings, and there is more then 1 way to get to the same place. I believe your suppose to stay on the yellow markers, but sometimes we accidentally got on the white ones. None of this was really a issue, just added some time to our trek. I downloaded the map before hand, so I could easily see when we got off the trail. Even with my phone on airplane mode, GPS still worked with the map.
Can’t wait to go back !

hiking
7 days ago

Wow! What a gorgeous hike! Prepare for protruding roots, steep rocks, and absolute beauty!

Great hike for all ages, we saw kids as young as 3 walking the trail! Some more challenging portions with some good inclines, but no scrambling. Lots of features to look at including large crevasses next to the trail. Side note: all caves closed to protect bats from White Fungus Disease.

I enjoyed this hike minus all of the people. I originally planned on hiking the glory hole but I always bring my dogs so that trail wasn’t an option. The view was beautiful and the trail was busy with large groups of people. I don’t think I’ll go back, but it was a nice experience.

road biking
8 days ago

Town Branch is part of the Razorback Greenway Trail. It’s a well maintained, paved path used for multiple purposes. At times there are spots that could use limbs trimmed back from the overhanging trees. I’m not certain the trail listed here is completely accurate as it appears to include the South Bentonville Trail as part of it as well. There is nothing overly exciting as far as scenery on this trail but still a nice path.

great little hike around the base of the mountain beautiful setting lots of shade. Recommend for everyone.

Great hiking for the family. Some drop offs but with proper guidance from parent child should be fine. Great views, no waterfall as it hasn't rained much recently, but still a really great hike. It was a quick trail but enough challenge for our kids (8 year olds) to be tired on the drive home.

the map doesn't show it but if you bushwhack thru the saddle and follow downstream there is a beautiful waterfall
it's an easy hike from the first and you can see it from the bluff on the other side

mountain biking
9 days ago

This is a cool trail if you’re looking for a full body workout. Lot of rocks but the rocks are the good kind(planted and don’t roll). It’s a 6+ mile loop and an intermediate rider will average 4-5 mph, so plan accordingly. This is not a fast flowing trail. It’s a good technical trail with an abundance of rocks, but who doesn’t like rocks??

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