Arkansas September 14, 2018
Here Are The First 10 Hikes In Arkansas You Need To Take This Fall
The summer heat has simmered down and the crispness of fall is beginning to settle in Arkansas. There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the beauty of the Natural State. We’ve collected some of our favorite hikes for that first hint of fall. Let’s get out and enjoy the perfect weather at the start of the season with a hike or two.
1. Cedar Creek Trail - Morrilton
This dreamy trail is the perfect way to kick off the fall season. The 1.2-mile loop is simply stunning, regardless if the fall foliage has set in or not. Cedar Falls will be especially gorgeous because of the unusually wet season this year. Cedar Creek Trail is at Petit Jean State Park, which is located at 1285 Petit Jean Mountain Rd., Morrilton, AR 72110.
2. Two Rivers Park Trail - Little Rock
There's something irresistible about the scent of crisp autumn air and pine. Indulge your senses with a stroll along Two Rivers Park Trail. The 6.3-mile trail is perfect for all skill levels. Avoid crowds and have the chance to watch the deer if you take the trail in the morning. Two Rivers Park is located at 6900 Two Rivers Park Rd., Little Rock, AR 72223.
3. Yellow Rock Trail - West Fork
Yellow Rock Trail has no shortage of panoramic beauty along the 2.7-mile loop. No matter if the leaves have started changing or not, the trail has fantastic rock formations and overlooks. Challenge yourself to take the trail as a sunrise hike to avoid crowds and to start your day off active. Yellow Rock Trail is at Devil's Den State Park, which is located at 11333 AR-74, West Fork, AR 72774.
4. Indian Rock House Trail - Yellville
Countless creeks, a historic mine, and an impressive rock shelter makes this trail truly worthwhile. The 2.8 loop is mildly strenuous but the cool weather will keep you from breaking a sweat. Indian Rock House Trail near the Buffalo National River at Hwy 268 E, Yellville, AR 72687.
5. Dripping Springs Trail - Paris
The underrated Dripping Springs Trail is a great autumn challenge after taking on Mount Magazine's Signal Hill. The 4.1-mile trail is moderate and offers spectacular views of the valley. The little pops of color when the leaves start to change will be lovely. Mount Magazine's address is 16878 AR-309, Paris, AR 72855.
6. Alum Cove Trail - Deer
Another great place to explore in fall is the Alum Cove Natural Bridge. The 1.2-mile trail leads to the one of the largest natural bridges in the south. If the impressive bridge wasn't enough, there's also caves and alcoves to explore as well as some waterfalls. The Alum Cove Natural Bridge Rec Area is located at the end of Co Rd 184, Deer, AR 72628.
7. Six Finger Falls Trail - Sand Gap
The trail isn't too much of a hike but area certainly has plenty to explore. Six Finger Falls is beautiful after a rain, but when paired with the fall foliage it's simply breathtaking. For directions to the fall, use
8. Fern Hollow Trail - Bluff City
Cruise around White Oak Lake on a kayak or hike along the 7.4-mile Fern Hollow Trail. If four to five hours of hiking is a bit too strenuous, you can take advantage of the cut-back about halfway through the loop. No matter how you traverse this area, the fall views of the lake are quite gorgeous. Fern Hollow Trail is within White Oak Lake State Park, which is located at 563 State Hwy 387 #1701, Bluff City, AR 71722.
9. Winding Stairs Trail - Caddo Gap
Don't dismiss the Winding Stairs Trail as being a summer-only adventure. This hike is remarkably peaceful during the fall. Enjoy the cool weather while exploring the 4.8-mile trail's rock formations and waterfalls. For directions to the trail, use
10. Garvan Woodland Gardens - Hot Springs
The best way to enjoy the Garvan Gardens is to visit each season. The Gardens may be known for their spring tulips but you wouldn't want to miss the many mums nor the rich fall colors. Celebrate fall with them on October 27th, 2018 with a fun family festival. The Garvan Woodland Gardens are located at 550 Arkridge Rd., Hot Springs National Park, AR 71913.
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