Arkansas May 03, 2018
8 Low-Key Hikes In Arkansas With Amazing Payoffs
The best part about living here is that Arkansas truly lives up to its name the Natural State. Not every bluff and waterfall needs a full day’s hike to be reached here. These 8 trails take minimal effort but still reward hikers with maximum Natural State beauty.
1. Dripstone Trail - Fifty-Six
Blanchard Springs Caverns is one of the seven show caves in the state. The Dripstone Trail is an easy-going 0.5-mile tour through the cave. If you still have a little bit of effort to put forth, the Mirror Lake Trail just outside the cavern is just as rewarding and under two miles.
2. Falls Branch Trail - Hot Springs
This relaxing 1.7-mile loop takes hikers to the waterfall on Falls Creek with beautiful scenery all along the way. It's a great trail for four-legged friends as well as a first trail for young nature enthusiasts.
3. Bench Trail - Dardanelle
Mount Nebo State Park has over 14 miles of trail zigzagging around the mountainside. While most hikers are busy building a sweat over the rim-side trails, we low-keyers will be strolling along the Bench Trail. The 3.6-mile loop has a spectacular view overlooking the ridge.
4. Indian Rock House Trail - Fairfield Bay
This family-friendly trail is less than a mile from Greers Ferry Lake's Log Cabin Museum. The path takes you to an interesting rock shelter that still has visible carvings.
5. Longpool Falls Trail - Dover
This one-mile out and back trail takes hikes from the gorgeous Longpool Rec Area to the nearby Longpool Falls. This is definitely one of the most rewarding trails for the least amount of effort.
6. King's Bluff Loop Trail - Sand Gap
Pedestal Rocks Trailhead splits into Pedestal Rocks Loop and King's Bluff Loop. Both are fantastic trails but the latter is noticeably less strenuous. The 1.8-mile loop takes you passed the falls and to a scenic overlook.
7. Whitaker Point Trail - Deer
Arguably the most iconic spot in the state, Whitaker Point Trail is a must-visit for seasoned trailblazers and low-key hikers alike. The 2.9-mile out and back trail does have some elevation gain but overall is a pleasant and rewarding choice.
8. Crack in the Rock Trail - Van Bruen
This 1.8-mile loop takes hikers to a stunning overlook of Lee Creek. All along the trail are interesting rock formations including a large "crack."
By no means is this a complete list! What are your favorite hikes for a lazy day? Share with us in the comments below!
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