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Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area - Day Hike Trails

Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail (B-2)

Park/Rec Area: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 24 miles
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Difficulty Comments: Elevation gain: 200-300 feet. Users have the option of one or more trail sections or loops. Much of the trail follows ridge tops and ridge rims with intermittent hills to climb throughout the trail system.

Additional Trail Information: These 4 loops make up the Hidden Diversity Multi-use Trail: Little Clifty Creek Loop - 9 miles, War Eagle Loop - 5 miles, with one mile of connecting trail, Bashore Ridge Loop - 3 miles, Dutton Hollow Loop - 3 miles

Location: The main trail head is located 1 1/2 miles south of Hwy 12 on Piney Road on Townsend Ridge Road. An alternate trail head is located 2 miles south of Highway 12.

Description: 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. "Hobbs....The Hidden Diversity."

The trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

*Note - The park staff may close the trail during exceptionally wet periods to help maintain it's integrity. Please contact the park at 479-789-5000 for current status.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 20201 East Highway 12, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 789-5000 www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ hobbs@arkansas.com

Historic Van Winkle Trail (A-2)

Park/Rec Area: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 1/2 mile
Time: 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Additional Trail Information: The Historic Van Winkle Trail is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Description: The trail head parking lot, with restrooms, is located approximately 10 miles east of Rogers, AR, U.S. Hwy. 12. Walkers and Hikers can access historic area via tunnel under Hwy. 12. Interpretive sign panels describe the historic home and mill sites of the Peter Van Winkle family during and after the Civil War. Also, there is a beautiful stream, spring and raised garden site. Only some rock foundation stones remain of buildings. Guided tours available.

NOTE: There is no access from this trail or its parking lot to the Hidden Diversity, Multi-Use trail.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 20201 East Highway 12, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 789-5000 www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ hobbs@arkansas.com

Ozark Plateau Trail (A-2)

Park/Rec Area: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 0.75 Miles
Time: 15 min.- 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: At Visitor Center

Location: 13 miles East of Rogers at Visitor Center on Hwy. 12

Description: This easy trail begins at the Visitor Center, on the east side. Parking is on the west side of the building. It is wheelchair accessible and meets ADA requirements. The trail has two different loops; an inner concrete surfaced quarter mile section, and an outer "challenge" loop which is crushed stone surfaced and one half mile around. Wayside panels inform visitors about the plants, animals, and geology of the area. An enlarged overlook area provides a view of a narrow hollow with a small spring and pools of water where wild critters come to drink. The trail winds around and through large pine and oak trees, and forest floor covered with various understory plants and wildflowers.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 20201 East Highway 12, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 789-5000 www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ hobbs@arkansas.com

Pigeon Roost Trail (B-2)

Park/Rec Area: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 8 1/2 miles
Time: Allow 8-9 hours total hiking time
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Difficulty Comments: Moderate - Strenuous

Brochure: Available as indicated below

Location: Thirteen miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12

Description: The trailhead parking lot is located on the north side of State 12, about 7/10 mile east of War Eagle Road (Benton County 98). There is a restroom that can be seen at the trail head. Park vehicles straight ahead off the highway, to the left of the gate.
The trail is a double stacked-loop trail; there is a short loop of approximately 4 miles for day hiking and a longer loop of 8.5 miles for overnight use. Primitive camping is allowed on the longer loop at five designated campsites only. These campsites, on a ridge overlooking Beaver Lake, are available on a first-come basis. Please contact the Ranger at the phone number listed below to determine if there will be a campsite available.
The trail is fairly short for an overnight trail, but there are several hills to climb which give the trail its difficulty rating. From the parking lot, the trail begins straight ahead down the ridgeline. This is an access spur which follows the ridgeline for about 1/2 mile, then drops off the ridge to the west to the bottom of a hollow where it intersects with the loop. At this point, you can go either left or right; however, the hiking is a bit easier if you take the left fork. The trail winds through narrow hollows and up and along rugged ridges. It travels through stands of native pines, hardwoods, and typical Ozark vegetation. During leaf-off, there are several locations which offer great views of the Van Hollow branch of Beaver Lake.
At present, small game and deer hunting is allowed in the area, seasonally, contact park office for more information.
Guidebooks are available at most Northwest Arkansas outfitting and/or sporting goods stores.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 20201 East Highway 12, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 789-5000 www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ hobbs@arkansas.com

Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail (A-2)

Park/Rec Area: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 1 1/2 miles
Time: 1-2 hours
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate

Location: 10 miles east of Rogers on Hwy. 12, which bisects the park property

Description: The trailhead parking lot is located off Hwy. 303, approximately one mile from the intersection on the north side of Hwy. 12. The first 1/2 mile of this loop trail follows a ridgeline, providing an easy hike. The trail then descends into Shaddox Hollow. The descent is rather steep in places. The trail winds along the creek through stands of hardwoods and native Ozark vegetation. Some interesting limestone bluffs are found along this section. After progressing up the creek, the trail begins the climb back to the trailhead. This climb can be strenuous in places.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 20201 East Highway 12, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 789-5000 www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ hobbs@arkansas.com

Sinking Stream Trail (B-2)

Park/Rec Area: Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Region: Ozarks
Length: 0.5 miles
Time: 15 min.- 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Location: 11.6 miles east of Rogers , Arkansas , on Hwy 12 E.

Description: The trailhead shares the parking lot, restroom, and picnic tables with the Historic Van Winkle Trail on Hwy 12. This short and easy trail is a loop, upstream from the tunnels under Hwy 12. It goes up one side of Little Clifty Creek, crosses 3 bridges, then returns on the other side. It is natural surface, single track, for foot traffic only. The trail follows old level road beds, except for a couple hundred yards on west side hill. The upstream portion of the creek sinks under the rocks during dry spells, then re-emerges further on downstream. A nice spring on the west side runs all year. One of the three Scout bridges crosses this spring flow, just below some small beaver dams. Spring flowers abound here, before the large sycamore, oak, hickory trees, and spice bush, shade them out. Lots of birds, deer, and other wildlife love this area, and can be seen if you are quiet.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 20201 East Highway 12, Rogers, AR, 72756, (479) 789-5000 www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/ hobbs@arkansas.com