Here is a look at a few of the hiking and biking trails available across the state:
State Park Trails
Cane Creek State Park
Delta View Trail
Cane Creek State Park uniquely sits on the border of two natural divisions of Arkansas. These divisions are the Gulf Coastal Plains and the Mississippi Alluvial Plain, also known as “The Delta.” The Delta View Trail is located within the “Coastal Plains” and is characterized by gently sloping hills. The bench at the one mile mark will give a fantastic view of Cane Creek Lake, which lies within “The Delta.” This trail provides an excellent opportunity for interpretive programs, exercise and wildlife viewing.
Cane Creek Lake Trail
Exploring Cane Creek Lake Trail by foot or mountain bike, you will traverse a maze of small creeks that etch their way along deep draws between the steeply sloping ridges of a thick forest interspersed with dogwoods. Then, as you begin to revise your preconceived picture of southeast Arkansas, the trail bends around to open views of a lake filled with tall snags, water lilies, lotus blossoms and bald cypress brakes.
Delta Heritage Trail State Park
Delta Heritage Trail
The Delta Heritage Trail is a rail-to-trail conversion that was acquired by Arkansas State Parks in 1993. Fourteen miles near Helena have been completetd and are open to hikers and bicyclists looking for an experience in some of the most remote and scenic areas remaining in
eastern Arkansas’s Mississippi Delta. Call for updated information.
Devil's Den State Park
Follow Lee Creek on this gently rolling trail as it makes its way to the marvelous CCC dam that creates Lake Devil. Remnants of the original CCC stone path guide you along this easy and shaded ride.
Woody Plant Trail
This short, self-guided trail begins near either bathhouse in Camping Area E and meanders through the woods surrounding
the campgrounds. To help visitors learn more about the diversified plant life found in this part of the Ozarks, plants along the trail have been numbered to correspond with an identification sheet which is available at the visitor center.
The flat exposed rock in the creek bed lends this trail its name. Many fossils are visible in the exposed creek bed. Along the trail you will see evidence of the CCC and early settlers, creek views, and big rock formations. This trail gives riders a choice of three, four, or five mile ride and the difficulty increases with each mile added.
The Butterfield Hiking Trail gets its name from the Butterfield Stagecoach which ran in the area between 1858-1861. The Butterfield Trail is one of the few looped backpacking trails in the state. Beginning in Devil’s Den State Park near the park’s pavilion, the trail crosses Hwy 74 and passes near Mount Olive. Scenic views, such as Blackburn Creek and Vista Point, are plentiful. Rock formations and mountainous outcroppings provide photographers with dramatic subjects. Backpackers must obtain a free permit at the park office before beginning their hike.
Millwood State Park
Waterfowl Way Trail
This level loop trail begins at Camping Area E. It crosses a bog and prairie bumps and meanders through both pine and hardwood stands. Fishing, waterfowl observation and photography are popular activities. At Cypress Point, a picnic table is available for those wanting to
rest or enjoy a picnic lunch. On its return loop the trail passes an active beaver lodge and an alligator ‘hole’. This trail is especially popular during the fall and winter months when many varieties of migratory waterfowl use Millwood Lake as a resting site along their long journeys.
Wildlife Lane Nature Trail
This trail is a four mile path meandering through several hundred acres of land set aside as a wildlife sanctuary. Wildlife Lane is a multi-use trail and is designed to accommodate both hikers and bicyclers. Ride and walk with respect of others in mind.
Mount Magazine State Park
Will Apple's Road Trail
Named for a farmer, this trail was the first road to the crest of Mount Magazine. During the 1800s, wagons hauled produce from the mountaintop to the valley using this path. This trail starts just east of the visitor center and ends at the horse camp field. Features include: historic home sites, wildflowers, escaped domestic flowers, woodland songbirds, stone fences, and ruins of a swimming pool built in the 1920s. Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail. Bikers and hikers should be aware and
alert. Bikers, signal your presence to hikers when overtaking.
Huckelberry Mountain Horse Trail
This is the only multi-use trail in the state park. Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any other trail listed here. From the horse camp down to the highway, this old wagon road drops 200 feet. For a detailed map, pick up the Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail brochure at the visitor center.
Mount Nebo State Park
The Bench Trail begins at the overlook shelter you’ll see as you drive up the mountain to the park. There is a narrow shelf called a bench that encircles the entire mountain. In the early 1900s, this bench featured a road. Today the bench is a trail route through a woodland
that teems with large trees and wildlife. Fern Lake, remnants of historic springs, and steps that were a part of this early resort development are still visible. This trail is level in most places and offers views from the mountain, especially during seasons from late fall through early spring
Petit Jean State Park
CCC Hike & Bike Trail
This shaded trail connects Mather Lodge to the park campgrounds and is named in honor of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) who constructed Mather Lodge and built many structures that the trail passes. The winding trail offers access to the Cedar Falls Overlook, the Cedar Creek trailhead at the Pioneer Cabin, the park swimming pool, tennis courts and the visitor information center. Using the CCC Hike & Bike trail offers a safe and scenic alternative to traveling along Highway 154 while walking or cycling.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Rabbit Ridge Mountain Biking Trail
The Rabbit Ridge Mountain Biking Trail is designed for beginner off road bicyclists. The trail is wide and although it has minor elevation changes and some rocks to ride over it makes the perfect place for a novice to ride. Kids will particularly like riding on this trail. The Rabbit Ridge Mountain Biking Trail and the Jackfork Mountain Biking Trail are the only trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park that allows bicycles.
Jackfork Mountain Biking Trail
The Jackfork Mountain Biking Trail is a wonderful intermediate to advanced mountain biking trail through a rarely seen part of the park. Several interesting bridges along with climbs into the rocky slopes of the Fulk Mountains are memorable parts of this trail.
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail
Constructed by the Bull Shoals-Lakeview Rotary Club, this multi-use trail offers both hikers and mountain bikers access to remote areas of the park. The trail traverses the oak-hickory upland forest for a unique walking or riding experience. Along the trail are creek crossings,
dirt roads, open meadows, long downhills and taxing uphills. Depending on the direction of travel, the loop trail allows users to choose from two levels of difficulty: Clockwise (marked with blue blazes)-moderately difficult with strenuous
uphill slopes. Counter-clockwise (marked with green blazes)-moderately easy. Note: Rental bikes are available at the Camper Registration Center in the park. Bicycle helmets are strongly recommended.
Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail
The north center section of this trail is only one-half mile south of the Pigeon Roost Trail. The same plant and animal species can be seen on both trails. The theme for this park is not one large mountain, lake, river, forest, historical event or the myriad of plants and animals above and below the ground. It is the sum of all of these. It is diversity. These 4 loops make up the Hidden Diversity Multi-use Trail: Little Clifty Creek Loop-9miles, War Eagle Loop-5 miles, with one mile of connecting trail, Bashore Ridge Loop-3 miles, Dutton Hollow Loop-3 miles.
Village Creek State Park
Multi-Use Trail System
The multi-use trail system is composed of several interconnecting trails that wind through the forest of Crowley’s Ridge. You can climb hog back ridges or traverse across creek beds and valleys.
White Oak Lake State Park
Fern Hollow Multi-Use Trail
Fern Hollow Trail is a multi-use trail for mountain bikes and hiking. It starts at the Beech Ridge trailhead in the tent camp area. Allow 4 to 5 hours for hiking and 2 to 3 hours for biking to complete the 9.8-mile loop. Approximately halfway through you will find a cut-off back to the trailhead. At the half-way cut-off you will also find a primitive camp area. If you plan to camp overnight be sure to register at the park visitor center.
Mountain Biking Trails
Named an Epic Route by IMBA, International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Known as one of the top single-track hiking and biking trails
in the nation, this trail offers views of the bluffs along the Ouachita
River. Located 7 miles Northeast of Mt. Ida, this route takes the rider
37 miles from Northfork Lake to the Ouachita National Recreation Trail
point to point. In some spots, the trail follows ridge tops and bluffs
above the Ouachita River and Lake Ouachita that offer pristine scenic
views. The trail hosts moderate to difficult terrain and is home to the
The trail is accessible from four trailhead parking areas: Round Top
Trail on Forest Road D75A, Hwy. 27 south of Lake Ouachita, Northfork
Lake, and Hwy. 298. Helpful number: Womble Ranger District: 870-
Named and Epic Route by IMBA, International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Traversing through the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest, the Syllamo
Trail is 50 miles of single-track marked by five color-coded loops
whose terrain vary in difficulty. A favorite among Arkansas mountain bike trails, the trail provides options for all day rides or shorter tours and beginner to advanced terrain.
The shortest loop, the White River Bluff Loop, is marked in green and
is 4.5 miles round trip. The Bald Scrappy Loop is marked by green
blazes and is 7.3 miles of beginner friendly terrain mixed with
intermediate sections. The 12-mile Scrappy Mountain Loop is marked in
blue and offers switchbacks up and down steep mountainous slopes and
three creek crossings. The yellow coded Jack's Branch Loop adds 14 miles
of new trail and is a continuous loop that offers riders 2 different
routes to access Blanchard Springs Recreation Area. Bad Branch Loop is
marked in red and is very beginner friendly. It provides riders nearly
13 miles of single track.
Expect a two-and-a-half hour drive from Little Rock. Located north of
Mountain View with trailheads along Ark. 5. Maps can be obtained by
contacting the Sylamore Ranger District at 870- 269-3228 or Blanchard
Springs Caverns at 1-888-757-2246.
When completed, The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) will include over 40 miles of biking and hiking routes
along the shores of Lake Ouachita. The trail is being built in sections and is a joint effort of many
groups in the area to link the resorts and campgrounds around Lake
Ouachita together via a trail system. The trail meanders through the
Ouachita National Forest with spurs providing lake vistas. The LOViT Trail is sanctioned by the
International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). For trail details visit www.lakeouachitavistatrail.com.
Due to an extensive network, there are Arkansas mountain bike trails
for every skill level here. This wooded trail system lie
s in the North
Little Rock Army National Guard Base and is maintained by the Little
Rock based riding club, the Central Arkansas Recreational Pedalers
(CARP). The network offers 35 miles of single-track hiking and biking
trails and elevation ranges from 350' in the northwest part of system to
600' in the upper sections. To ride the trails, bikers must be CARP
members. You can buy cards (which cost $10/year) at local bike shops or
purchase them online at www.carpclub.com. The trail system is constantly
being expanded so it is a good idea to check the Web site for the
latest updates as well.
The trail, 5 miles, is not long if you follow the outer loops, however there are various little trails that jot off of the main loop. The loop is divided into two sections a North Loop and a South Loop. In order to get from one loop to the other you have to ride through a nice little neighborhood. There are no long hard climbs on this trail and most of it is pretty tame. There are a few short steep little climbs and a couple of fun little downhills. The trail shows its kin to the Ouachita's due to the number of rocks and roots in the path. If you are looking for a quick ride after work or just to get out and cruise, then this would be a good trail to pick. This is a multi-use trail and lots of folks take walks on it so be prepared for hikers.
Along the trail, visitors will enjoy a variety of settings including forested creeks, panoramic vistas, and captivating rock formations. The trail, 45 miles long, consists of 4 loops, offering visitors opportunities for day or weekend trips. One of the most beautiful views of Lake Ouachita can be seen from the historic Powell Mountain tower site. The east loop travels through the Deckard Mountain Walk-In Turkey Hunting Area. Bear Creek Horse Camp is available for vehicle parking but facilities are limited to trailer spurs and a restroom. This is a multi-use trail for Equestrian and Mountain Bikes.
The Buffalo Gap Trail is 9 miles long. This trail is made up of mostly Forest Service Roads. The roads are usually in good shape so it makes for a pretty nice ride. There are no technical areas out here and the climbing is pretty gentle. There are plenty of scenic views to be had.
Most of this trail is single track that weaves in and out of the woods. As with most trails in this area there are the various rocks and roots to contend with. The trail is well laid out in the park with plenty of bail out points.
Cedar Glades Park
It is one of those trails that seem to go downhill more then up but this is not the case as there are a few little climbs on this trail. With only a few minor tricky spots this trail is not really all that technical. Compared to other trails in the Ouachita's, this trail is pretty tame. Expect the normal rocky trail with some loose stuff. There are sections where you can just open up and pedal to your heart’s content. It has banked turns and nice flowing turns as well as switch backs and one really great downhill where you can catch a little air if you’re not
This is one of the most scenic rides you will ever do in the Ouachita's. There is so much to see out there that sometimes it is hard to keep your eyes on the trail. The trail starts off pretty tame at first as it rolls over some flat areas on its way to the Little Missouri River. As you get closer to the river the trail gets a little rougher especially in the areas where the trail passes through places where the Little Mo has over flown its banks in times past. It will give way to some nice smooth single track as you progress farther.
The trail travels around Shady Lake and has a few scenic views of the lake. The trail is made up of mostly loose rock with some hard packed areas. There is really only one good climb out there that will take you up a mountain that overlooks the lake. At the bottom there is an excellent view of the dam and lake. For the most part this is a casual little ride.
This trail is made up almost entirely of old logging roads with some occasional single track mixed in. There are two loops out there, the outermost trail being the most roughest. The roads that make up this trail are pretty rough in places with rocks the size of a fist or bigger littered all over the road. There is a lot of creek crossings some of which can be a real pain to cross especially if there has
been some rainfall in the area. There are a few sustained and steep climbs along the roads so come prepared to do a little cardio work.