Location: West of Hot Springs on U.S. 270 for 20 miles
Description: This trail is moderately strenuous where it ascends and descends the ridgetop; otherwise, it is easily traveled. The trailhead lies directly behind the park’s amphitheater. The trail begins as a steep climb among large pines and hardwoods to the ridgeline above Walnut Creek. It then follows the ridgetop for about one mile, where it turns north and drops down the north slope of the mountain and through several hollows for approximately 3/4 of a mile. The next 1/4 mile lies within a stand of pine seedlings and saplings. Upon emerging from the young pine stand, the trail intersects Forest Road 47 and Walnut Fork Spring. This intersection is the midpoint of the trail and can serve as a drop-off/pickup point for hikers.
From Walnut Fork Spring, the trail ascends a south slope to near the ridgeline, where it turns westward, skirting the ridgetop to an upland flat above Walnut Creek. It then rounds the point, crossing the ridge to descend a cool north slope to the trail’s terminus at a Corps of Engineers pavilion in Crystal Springs Recreation Area. The distance from Walnut Fork Spring to the pavilion is 2 miles. This trail is also quite popular with mountain bikers.
For Information: Womble Ranger District, 1523 U.S. 270 East, Mount Ida, AR, 71957, (870) 867-2101