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 countless blissful miles of 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, travel time and difficulty of each of our backpacking trails, and descriptions of the hikes. Whether you are an advanced backpacker or new to the sport, you'll enjoy the adventure of Arkansas backpacking!

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

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 your hiking route and prepare to visit Arkansas for an outdoor adventure!

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