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White Oak Lake State Park - Day Hike Trails

Beech Ridge Trail (G-4)

Park/Rec Area: White Oak Lake State Park
Region: Timberlands
Length: 2 miles
Time: 1 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Location: From I-30 at Prescott, travel 20 miles east on Ark. 24, then approximately 100 yards south on Ark. 299, then two miles southeast on Ark. 387

Description: Beginning among bottomland hardwoods, this loop trail climbs to a Loblolly pine forest. Along the trail, beech and hickory predominate. Transition of forest and ecosystem types is the theme of this scenic trail.

Coastal Plain Trail (G-4)

Park/Rec Area: White Oak Lake State Park
Region: Timberlands
Length: 3 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Location: From I-30 at Prescott, travel 20 miles east on Hwy. 24, then go 100 yards south on Hwy. 299, then go two miles southeast on Hwy. 387

Description: This trail is a three mile spur from the southeast corner of the Beech Ridge Trail. You should allow at least 1 1/2 hours to complete the entire loop. The trail gets its name from the geographic region in which White Oak Lake State Park is located -- The Gulf Coastal Plain Region. Blue blazes mark the route. The Coastal Plain Trail meanders through some of southern Arkansas's most unique terrain. In this terrain you'll see the unusual plant life of the sandhills, including fascinating members of our woody flora.

Fern Hollow Multi-Use Trail (G-4)

Park/Rec Area: White Oak Lake State Park
Region: Timberlands
Length: 9.8 miles
Time: Hiking 4-5 hours, Mountain Biking 2-3 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Additional Trail Information: The trail gets its name from the many resurrection ferns that grow like ivy on the trunk of trees or on stumps. In dry weather the fern curls up and appears dead. However, with the return of moisture it promptly uncurls and becomes green again. White blazes with a red center mark the route. The Fern Hollow Trail meanders through some of Arkansas’s most unique terrain where you’ll see the unusual plant life of the sand hills, including fascinating members of our woody flora. The Arkansas Oak is another rare member of the sand hill plant community. The tree grows in sandy and loamy soils around the head of small creeks and is usually found under other hardwoods.

Description: Fern Hollow Trail is a multi-use trail for mountain bikes and hiking. It starts at the Beech Ridge trail head 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 half-way through you will find a cut-off back to the trail head. At the half-way cut-off you will also find a primitive camp area. If you plan to camp over night be sure to register at the park visitor center.

Spring Branch Trail (G-4)

Park/Rec Area: White Oak Lake State Park
Region: Timberlands
Length: 1/3 mile
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Location: From I-30 at Prescott, travel 20 miles east on Hwy. 24, then go 100 yards south on Hwy. 299, then go two miles southeast on Hwy. 387

Description: The self-guided Spring Branch Trail trailhead is located in the picnic area below the pavilion. This trail takes you on a path through the park showing you some wonderful examples of Arkansas's trees.