Explore the most popular 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.

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If not long, it is a challenge. Map can be confusing. Use care in deciphering the route. Toward the end, trail requires some challenging, hands-on climbing. Some trail markers not clear. But lots of variety. Glad we did it.

walking
19 hours ago

Short and sweet

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked this clockwise from winding stairs last week with my brother and his son. What we loved about the trail: there was a lovely stream along the trail at almost every point along the way, the campsites were plentiful and well-maintained, there were beautiful wildflowers blooming, and for the most part the All Trails app was incredibly helpful. Some downsides: the trail is pretty poorly marked, the peaks are below tree line (so no rewarding views after the pretty challenging climbs), the footing is tricky in multiple areas due to small sharp loose rocks. It was a great workout and we had a great time. We chose it after scratching our plans to hike in NC due to less chance of rain. None of us had cell signal for the three days we were on the trail, but that is a plus to me. We hiked Sunday to Tuesday, only seeing three people early Sunday, and no one else the rest of our hike. Loved getting to cool off in the stream at the end of each day, and grateful for the - very basic but functional - showers in the bathrooms at the entrance to Alber Pike Park.

Do not let the fact that the trail is made up of a series of Old Logging roads fool you. the trails are up and down very steep rugged hills. There is a reason this trail is rated as difficult because it is. also be aware that there are wild hogs in this area so be on the lookout and use caution, as wild hogs can be dangerous even when unprovoked. all this being said, it was a pretty decent trail and it was definitely a good cardio workout. Lastly, be sure to bring water.

The first place to cross the river is close to the parking lot. Watch for red stripes hanging from the trees. Also, there is a tree with double white marking. Look on the opposite side of the river to see the trees with blue and white markings. After the first crossing follow the white markings. In difficult places like camping sites look for red stripes. The second river crossing is marked by red stripes and tree with double white markings.

nice little hiking trail and love the cave

hiking
2 days ago

I’ve done this trail many times good work out for the legs

This starts in pretty dense vegetation that rubs on your legs. Wear pants. Lots of ticks and chiggers too, so bring bug spray. Otherwise a good trail.

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.

Definitely almost 10 miles. I enjoyed the trail. However the rocks were very hard on the feet after a while and I have good hiking shoes Saw a nice view of the lake as well as many other interesting beauties of nature. Was definitely peaceful.

Trails pretty well marked with blue blazes or blue tree tags. Needs some maintenance but I love the trail. Notified the Corp about missing markers when you get to the areas to go around a cove as they are poorly marked. Someone added a few piles of stacked rocks where the blue blazes were missing. Thank you! Definitely a no tennis shoe track.

Love this trail. Well marked for the most part with blue blazes or blue tree tags. It does need some maintenance as parts are overgrown and lots of branches were down. Spent time doing clean up. Good hiking boots are a must for the first mile or more, very rocky and you may turn an ankle. Two big trees down at about the 1.5 mile area (I called the Corps to report). Will do again when it’s cooler. Did this and I continued on to Devils Backbone.

mountain biking
2 days ago

This loop has a steep hill at the beginning, and once you’re up that it’s smooth sailing. It started thundering before I got finished, so I turned around..however I hear there’s an awesome downhill at the end of the trail.

mountain biking
2 days ago

There are a some challenging hills on this trail, I ended up hike a biking on a few. There’s not much scenery but overall a good ride. It’s definitely more difficult than the south loop.

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.

I loved this trail! The trees, the hike, the lake. Very peaceful. My dog loved it as well.

on Greenfield Trail

3 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
3 days ago

A nice short trail to get you going

hiking
3 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
3 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!

Great view of the capital at the end!

mountain biking
4 days ago

Nice easy lake loop when you are winding down.

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