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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. A rails-to-trails conversion open to bicyclists and hikers is being developed in phases along a 73-mile former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way. Call for updated information.




Devil's Den State Park

Lake Trail

Follow Lee Creek on this gently rolling trail as it makes its way to the marvelous Civilian Conservation Corps 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.

Fossil Flats

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.

Butterfield Trail


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

Bench Trail

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.

Woolly Hollow State Park

Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail

The Enders Fault Mountain Bike Trail, is 9.2-mile mountain bike and hiking trail at Woolly Hollow State Park near Greenbrier. This singletrack trail leads through gentle valleys along pristine creeks, and climbs over 150 feet to offer winter views of Lake Bennett from ridges above. Riders may choose to ride the entire trail or divide it into two loops, the North Loop and the South Loop.

Mountain Biking Trails

Womble Trail

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 Ouachita Challenge.

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- 867-2101.

The Syllamo Trail

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.

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) includes over 45 miles of biking and hiking routes along the shores of Lake Ouachita. The trail was built in sections and was 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) and been named an Epic route by the organization. For trail details visit www.lakeouachitavistatrail.com.



Slaughter Pen Bike Park


Features over 20 miles of single-tracks designed by two of the premier trail builders in the country – IMBA and Progressive Trail Design. It is located near the hart of Bentonville, classified as easy to moderate through a forested, rocky hillside. The park also features a best-in-class free ride park and 16 skinny Northshore log rides. The trail is open to cycling and hiking. Off Hwy. 71B.

 




Camp Robinson

Due to an extensive network, there are Arkansas mountain bike trails for every skill level here. This wooded trail system lies 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 miles of single-track hiking and biking trails. To ride the trails, bikers must be CARP members. You can buy cards at the front gate/visitors center.









Allsopp Park

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 Ouachitas 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.

Bear Creek

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.

Buffalo Gap

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. 

Burns Park

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 Ouachitas, 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
careful.

Little Missouri

This is one of the most scenic rides you will ever do in the Ouachitas. 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 Missouri has over flown its banks in times past. It will give way to some nice smooth single track as you progress farther.

Shady Lake

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.

Upper Buffalo Trail

This remote trail has been named an Epic ride by IMBA, the International Mountain Bicycling Association. The trail offers around 40 miles of singletrack surrounding the highest point in the Ozark Mountains and the headwaters of the Buffalo National River

Wildcat Mountain

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.