Explore the most popular river 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.

hiking
2 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.

walking
2 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.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice view from the top! A nice climb, rocky uphill.

hiking
11 months ago

Park map rated this difficult, but the family managed this climb with little difficulty. Took a little time with a young child, but he did well. Definitely a moderate climb and the view at the top was worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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
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
Friday, April 07, 2017

Short and steep trail with great view of the river at the peak. Also the state park is an excellent place to camp.

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.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

Couldn't get up to the trail because the road was closed.
The route was not into the state park but a backroad through people's driveways. No trespassing signs posted and gated roads.

hiking
Saturday, April 23, 2016

this trail should not be rated difficult. it is relatively flat only a couple hundred in elevation gains. didn't see another hiker on the trail only the occasional biker

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Moderate toughness. A few ups and downs but overall it was a well groomed trail and a nice 5 mile casual walk

mountain biking
Thursday, September 25, 2014

been back here multiple times I believe the rating system is off as I have brought the whole family down this trail however if you are pretty good you can get some pretty good speed. biggest tip go in a counter clockwise loop as I have been both ways and it is much more enjoyable that way. a few rock gardens may count for its rating but pretty easy overall. These are great trails to exercise and loose some weight on as you can work up a sweat and take a few other trails while there I have ridden over 10 miles of trails back in this state park.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Great little workout. Be careful if it's wet, lots of slate rocks. Great view, there is a bench about half way if you need to rest.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Awesome trail for biking and hiking! But not really a double diamond, it's pretty easy.

mountain biking
Monday, November 12, 2012

I have ridden this trail. Certainly not a double black diamond. There are parts that are challenging, but most of it can be accomplished by novice mountain bikers. It is part of the Shenandoah River State Park. Very nice compilation of trails that favor beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. Warning, there is a lot of climbing and many loose rocks, so novices and those getting in shape may not enjoy until they are more experienced. But if you have time on the bike and are improving your skills this can be a great place to ride. The trails are wide and not too much technical challenge. There are a couple of portions that experts could enjoy but they are few and far between. Great interpretive center and looks like a great place to bring the whole family for day hiking and camping. Fishing is probably great on the river and may some tubing or canoeing/kayaking.

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