11 Amazing Arkansas Hikes Under 3 Miles You’ll Absolutely Love

Anytime is a great time to get out and enjoy all that the Natural State has to offer. And that should probably require some hiking, right? Below you’ll find 11 of the best hikes in Arkansas that you’re sure to love. And all of them are less than 3 miles long. Some of them are easy and some are moderately difficult, but all are totally delightful.

Have you hiked any of these trails? Which were your favorites? We’d love to see your photos and hear about your experiences there.

Check out these other great hikes that are a little bit longer, but still, less than 5 miles. Moreover, here are some other easy trails you can add to your bucket list!

Address: White Oak Lake State Park, Arkansas 71726, USA
Address: Petit Jean State Park Lake, Arkansas 72110, USA
Address: Buffalo National River Park Road, Buffalo Nat'l River Pk Rd, Arkansas 72634, USA
Address: Mount Magazine State Park, 577 Lodge Dr, Paris, AR 72855, USA
Address: Pedestal Rocks & Kings Bluff Trailhead, AR-16, Sand Gap, AR 72856, USA
Address: Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA
Address: Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Deer, AR 72628, USA
Address: Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA
Address: Lake Catherine State Park, 1200 Catherine Park Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913, USA
Address: White Rock Mountain, 214 Bowles Gap Rd, Winslow, AR 72959, USA
Address: Lake Fort Smith State Park, 15458 Sheperd Springs Rd, Mountainburg, AR 72946, USA
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Best hikes in Arkansas

August 11, 2022

How do I get to Lake Fort Smith State Park?

Lake Fort Smith State Park is located approximately 40 minutes northeast of Fort Smith and just about the same distance straight south of Fayetteville. Activities at this 1,400-acre reservoir include kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing, and more. The scenery here is spectacular and you can find plenty of places to sit back and take in the amazing views. There’s also a beautiful waterfall that makes a visit here so worth it.

Where can I find an interesting historic landmark in Arkansas?

You’ll find a wealth of historic landmarks dotted all over The Natural State, each one offering its own unique story. One of the most well-known, of course, is Central High School in Little Rock. This is where the “Little Rock Nine” made their courageous, yet terrifying stand toward school integration. The Arkansas Post in Arkansas Post, the Bathhouse Row Historic District in Hot Springs, and the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith are just a few others to check out as you travel around the state.

Is there a science museum in Arkansas?

Yes, there is! It’s called the Mid-America Science Museum and it’s located in Piney, AK. Fun for both kids and adults, the museum is chock full of interesting gallery and exhibit spaces and hands-on interactive activities. One of the highlights of a visit here is to walk over The Bob Wheeler Science Skywalk. Spanning 180 feet, it offers visitors a birds-eye view of the forest treetops and beautiful wooded areas.

Address: White Oak Lake State Park, Arkansas 71726, USA
Address: Petit Jean State Park Lake, Arkansas 72110, USA
Address: Buffalo National River Park Road, Buffalo Nat'l River Pk Rd, Arkansas 72634, USA
Address: Mount Magazine State Park, 577 Lodge Dr, Paris, AR 72855, USA
Address: Pedestal Rocks & Kings Bluff Trailhead, AR-16, Sand Gap, AR 72856, USA
Address: Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA
Address: Alum Cove Natural Bridge Recreation Area, Deer, AR 72628, USA
Address: Buffalo National River, Arkansas, USA
Address: Lake Catherine State Park, 1200 Catherine Park Rd, Hot Springs, AR 71913, USA
Address: White Rock Mountain, 214 Bowles Gap Rd, Winslow, AR 72959, USA
Address: Lake Fort Smith State Park, 15458 Sheperd Springs Rd, Mountainburg, AR 72946, USA