Backpacking

Hiking at Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Hiking at Queen Wilhelmina State Park

For those who enjoy the outdoors, Arkansas has some of the best backpacking trails around. Take a trail through the mountains or a valley, across streams and lakes and enjoy incredible experiences and views all around the state. You’ll find Arkansas backpacking trails in state parks, wilderness areas and national forests in every area of the state. Hiking trail descriptions below provide you with the region of the state, contact information, location, length, time and difficulty of each of our backpacking trails, and a description of the trail. Whether you are an advanced backpacker or new to the sport, you'll enjoy Arkansas backpacking!

You can venture into the woods for a night or a week with trails that range from less than 10 miles to more than 200. If you’re looking for a long haul, Arkansas is home to two nationally-recognized long-distance backpacking trails. The Ozark Highlands Trail passes through the Ozark Mountains on its 218-mile journey from Lake Fort Smith State Park to the Buffalo National River area. The Ouachita Trail stretches 192 miles west to east across the rugged Ouachita Mountain range and is known for its solitude.

Ready to plan your hike? Explore our searchable database of Arkansas’s best backpacking trails below. These Arkansas backpacking trails offer some of the best chances to experience its natural beauty – grab your backpack, plan a route and prepare to visit Arkansas for an outdoor adventure!

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