Trail Detail

Brushy Creek Nature Trail

Park/Rec Area: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Region: Southwest
Length: 3/4 mile
Time: 1/2 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: COSSATOT-03.pdf

Location: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is south of Mena. The northern route is via Hwy. 246 between Vandervoort and Athens. The southern route is via U.S. 278 between Wickes and Umpire.

Description: This trail begins in the parking lot of the Brushy Creek Recreational Area off of Hwy. 246, 8 miles east of Vandervoort, AR. The trail follows along a ridge top that overlooks the confluence of Brushy Creek and the Cossatot River. The trail also features a guided tree trail where visitors can learn about the different species of trees of southwest Arkansas and their uses. Also featured on this trail is a steel walkway that spans the river and offers barrier-free access from the west side parking lot. This walkway also allows visitors to walk from the west side of the river to the east side parking lot where both picnic grounds and a swimming area are located.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1980 Highway 278 West, Wickes, AR, 71973, 870-385-2201 cossatotriver@arkansas.com

Harris Creek Trail

Park/Rec Area: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Region: Southwest
Length: 3.5 miles
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Brochure: COSSATOT-03.pdf

Location: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is south of Mena. The northern route is via Hwy. 246 between Vandervoort and Athens. The southern route is via U.S. 278 between Wickes and Umpire.

Description: The Harris Creek Trail is located off of Hwy. 278, approximately 9 miles east of Wickes, AR. This trail features easy to moderately difficult walking that passes through six different habitats that range from a dry open shale pit to a mature shortleaf pine/hardwood forest. Half way through the trail there is an overlook that offers a spectacular view of the Cossatot River as it winds its way through the Ouachita Mountains.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1980 Highway 278 West, Wickes, AR, 71973, 870-385-2201 cossatotriver@arkansas.com

River Corridor Trail

Park/Rec Area: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Region: Southwest
Length: 12.5 miles
Time: 20 hours
Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous
Brochure: COSSATOT-03.pdf

Location: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is south of Mena. The northern route is via Hwy. 246 between Vandervoort and Athens. The southern route is via U.S. 278 between Wickes and Umpire.

Description: This trail is a 12-mile linear trail that winds its way through some of the roughest, yet most scenic, terrain found in the Ouachita Mountains. The trail is broken up into sections according to the river access areas. Plan for approximately six-eight hours per leg. This trail is excellent for backpacking, but park management asks that hikers limit their camping to the access areas, (Ed Banks, Sandbar, Cossatot Falls and Hwy. 278 Access Area.) Parking is available at each of the access areas if you do not wish to hike the entire trail. Along the way you will observe many wonderful views of the river corridor and its geological features. The terminus for this trail is the Hwy. 278 Access Area.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1980 Highway 278 West, Wickes, AR, 71973, 870-385-2201 cossatotriver@arkansas.com

Waterleaf Interpretive Trail

Park/Rec Area: Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Region: Southwest
Length: 0.5 mile (including 0.25-mile ADA accessible loop)
Time: 0.75 hour
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: COSSATOT-03.pdf

Description: The first section of the trail is a barrier-free concrete paved loop that begins just east of the Visitor Center parking lot and meanders for a 1/4 mile along the ridge top. The second section is a 1/4-mile foot path that leads down the north slope of the ridge to the Hwy. 278 River Access.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1980 Highway 278 West, Wickes, AR, 71973, 870-385-2201 cossatotriver@arkansas.com