Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Bentonville with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome grove of hemlock. It’s like a different world.

hiking
3 months ago

An easy loop, a bit more people even during the weekdays. Be sure to go when the bluebelles are out, otherwise I think it might be boring.

The river trail is great for fishing.

walking
3 months ago

An easy trail loop following the white trail. We went mid April and missed the bluebells. We only saw one sad plant on the entire trail. The trail is noisy from the gun club nearby. Watch your step! The trail was muddy in places as others mentioned, and also had horse droppings.

This was a great trail with my two young children (3 and 6 at the time) and our leashed German Shepherd. We went while the bluebells were in bloom and they were gorgeous. There was some flooding, as some of the trail is below the flood plain, but we got through it ok. It took some maneuvering and climbing over fallen trees to avoid the worst of the flooding, but nothing too crazy. Worth it for the scenery and flat terrain.

Begin at the trailhead at Red Byrd cabin. It's near mile marker 22. Follow trails doing left turns. Trail is long inclined but also long flat areas. Not incredibly beautiful but a nice walk in the woods.

Beautiful hike through ferns and mountain laurel with a few vistas.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This has a couple of views and is a good "warm-up" to the rest of the park. My young son (not above 7 yrs.) made the 'up and back' walk with no real energy expended.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Very disappointing. The trailhead was not clearly marked. Apparently I was supposed to take the White Trail but it was not marked as the Bluebell trail. Then I saw a sign that said to follow the blue blazes. After about 10 minutes I realize that is not correct either. I had the Alltrails map up on my phone and could clearly see I was moving away from my intended trail.
After backtracking and trying to follow the Alltrails map in reverse (this was a loop trail so it didn't matter which direction around I went) I am told to follow the paved road for a bit then cut onto the trail, which I discover is indeed the White Trail. This 'trail' goes beside a discus golf area and a very noisy waterpark. Not what I'd hoped for a Sunday walk in the woods, and a far cry from the Conway Robinson trail I took lkast week, which was a real gem.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nice hike. It took us about 2.25 hours to do the loop. Nice walk through the woods with a couple of nice overlooks up along the ridge on the AT. The inclines were all that steep so not too hard of hike.

Not many vistas. Sort of uneventful. Mostly flat with a few hills which will get you breathing.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick stop on our drive up to D.C. We took this short trail from the beautiful visitor center to the Everett Cullers Overlook and back. The views of the Shenandoah River, Valley and surrounding mountains are wonderful (though I am sure they are even better in the winter without the leaves). I would have loved to turn this into a large loop and hiked down along the river. Maybe on the next trip.

Friday, June 30, 2017

the overlook trail is a nice trail good for those who are not ready for moderate and hard trails. good running trail but there is loose gravel and dirt in some areas.
I took my 7 year old out on this yesterday and completed only a portion from visitor center to camp ground trail to total 3 miles. We did not have any other users so made teaching fun. He loves this trail because he can run and it is not too strenuous. the bench makes a nice lunch or snack break spot with very nice views of the river.
I recommend this trail highly especially for kids and anyone looking for a nice time in the woods without crowds.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easy trail. Good for a one time walk

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Love this trail for the bluebells. You have to come in early April to see them! It gets a little crowded during bluebell season but it's a fun short loop that isn't difficult at all. It gets muddy though. Outside of bluebell season it's a little less crowded and I still love to do it if I just need a quick walk outside with the dog.

hiking
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Nice place but felt more "manufactured" and less organic. Hiking trials to close to the roads, buildings, and picnic areas. Nice views though and my dog got to swim in the river. Probably be a great place to drop a kayak into the river and spend an afternoon on the water but hiking was just average at best.

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This trail is part of several loops all of which are well-maintained and with a good mix of flat, hills and a beautiful walk along the Shenandoah River. When my boys and I were there (2/20/17) there were virtually no other hikers so we had the place to ourselves.

The Overlook Trail is actually shorter than shown in the description above - it's about .6 miles and goes from the very nicely done Visitor Center to the Overlook Parking Lot. It hooks up to the Campground trail which is a moderate descent on good paths to the campground area (which is great for trailers, RVs and people wanting to stay in a few quaint cabins).

From the campground, work your way down to the river (there's a road and a couple of short trails) and use the stairs to get you right to the riverbank. We didn't know there were stairs there and went down a relatively steep short path that has been used by a lot of people. The stairs are about 100 feet from there - they're useful. :)

Heading back to the Visitor Center we took the Bluebell trail which is flat as a board and follows the river. It's a very easy walk and the river looks just beautiful. The entire path is shaded.

We ended up taking the Hemlock Valley trail back up to the visitor center where our car was parked and it was a fairly steep incline but not particularly difficult.

If you're not particularly in shape or have ambulatory issues but still want to walk in this beautiful scenery, park in the lower lot (past the Visitor Center) and take the Bluebell trail to the campground. It'll be a nice flat walk of about 1.2 miles in one direction.

I have to say that the Visitor Center here was surprisingly nice. There's an excellent display of animals found in the area and some interactive displays where you can pick up binoculars and look out over the Shenandoah River valley. The Rangers that were there were very friendly, knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy what they were doing.

I'd definitely recommend this set of trails for a short day-hike.

Great winter hike. Good views and elevation changes not bad except where you zig zag back up the AT heading south to complete the short loop.

We started on the Piney Branch trail and decided to take this loop instead. The best part was walking a little bit of the Appalachian Trail. Very easy walk. Made the whole loop in about two hours.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Easy trail, lovely at this time of year! The leaves were vibrant and contrasted amazingly with the bright blue sky. We started where these directions had us drive to at Rattlesnake point overlook. From there we started on the Appalachian trail and then turned left onto Piney trail, then left on pole bridge link trail, left onto Sugarloaf trail which looped us back to the Appalachian trail and back to our starting point. The trail is pretty clearly marked you just have to remember to keep turning left, therefore completing the loop. But we passed many people so I think others start from another way but we enjoyed this way which brought us downhill and then up to the top of the ridge on the Appalachian trail. The slope is very gradual making this a very simple hike.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

My friends and I were looking forward to a moderate hike for a few hours but we were actually kind of disappointed. I don't know what trail people are going on that is several miles, but if you go up and park in the east or west parking lot, it's a very short hike (took us like 10 mins) up to the top of the mountain. We ended up parking at the very bottom of the mountain and the walk up on the road was the longest part. We went up to watch the sunset and it was very beautiful, we were just disappointed by the brevity of our hike up.

First time on this trail. I love little devil stairs and i will use this trail to return to the skyline parking next time

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Perfect trail to ride bikes or walk your dog. It follows the river bank so the views are good.

hiking
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Very nice trail but you do really need to have your map and or GPS with you. While there are trail markers, they are not plainly marked and don't always match up with trail names on the map. Other than that it was a very peaceful trail. I did run into a few people towards the end of the hike but that was around 9AM. I took longer than needed because I was doing nature photography. If the trail markers were better I'd give this a 4.

hiking
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

It is poorly marked on the maps and because of that I ended up doing a 10 mile hike instead of a 5 mile! If u hike this trail pay close attention to your markers!!!

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