Arkansas May 10, 2018
9 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Arkansas Will Love
The unpredictable and stubborn cold snaps have finally ceased in Arkansas. Spring is in full swing which means there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy the Natural State. These hikes are perfect for a relaxed outing with the whole family. Let’s pack a picnic and take one of these beautiful spring hikes.
1. Triple Falls Trail - Jasper
This pleasantly short jaunt from Camp Orr's parking lot has quite the rewarding view. The iconic spot is perfect after a spring rain. For directions, use this
2. Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail - Deer
The Alum Cove Natural Bridge is so large that it used to be used as a road for the early pioneers. Interesting caves and waterfalls line the 1.2-mile trail. For directions to the Alum Cove Recreation Area, use this
3. H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area - Charleston
The Natural State is bursting with wildflowers during May and June. Although it doesn't have a designated trail, one particular field is perfect for a leisurely stroll through the Blazing Star flowers. Part of the H.E. Flanagan Prairie Natural Area outside of Charleston, the field is perfect for a flower-powered hike or wildlife viewing. You can reach the area by using these
4. Well Lake Trail - Fort Smith
The Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center is a wonderful stop for a spring day outing. There's a handful of trails around the nature center but our favorite is the .5-mile trail around the lake. Be sure to stop in the nature center for interactive activities and critter feedings. The trail is located at 8300 Wells Lake Rd., Fort Smith, AR 72916.
5. Lost Valley Trail - Ponca
Lost Valley Trail really has it all, beginning with a camping area and ending at a cave. Along 2.1-mile trail you’ll see some incredible sights, including waterfalls, a creek, cliffs, a natural bridge, a large bluff shelter, and just the gorgeous green of the forest all around. The Lost Valley Recreation Area is at Hwy. 43, Ponca, AR 72670.
6. Swan Lake Nature Trail - Little Rock
Wildwood Park for the Arts is a free park that has eight themed garden areas, including Swan Lake. The short 1-mile journey around the lake is the perfect angle to spot Billy the Swan. You can enjoy the park and all its splendor at 20919 Denny Rd., Little Rock, AR 72223.
7. Gregory Park Loop - Fayetteville
This serene little trail is nestled in the city of Fayetteville but will transport you into the wilderness. It's just under a mile hike and is covered in a cooling tree canopy. Gregory Park is located at 69 E Sycamore St., Fayetteville, AR 72703.
8. White Rock Rim Trail - Winslow
Rim Trail takes you through some sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, making it one of the best places to see the Ozarks. The 1.6-mile trail is short, and pretty easy, though not the most kid-friendly because of the bluffs. The recreation area is located at 217 Bowles Gap Rd., Winslow, AR 72959.
9. Islets Cove Paddle Trail - Bismarck
It may not quite be warm enough for a dip in the summer swimming holes but that doesn't mean you can't have some fun on the water. The Islets Cove Paddle Trail at DeGray Lake is a three-mile loop that takes casual boaters around the north shore of the island. Besides just enjoying the scenery, the trail has multiple points of interest filled with historical tidbits. DeGray Lake Resort State Park is located at
2027 State Park Entrance Rd., Bismarck, AR 71929.
By no means is this a complete list! We would love to know which trails are your favorite for a springtime day trip. Share with us in the comments below!
You should definitely pair these springy hikes with these awesome
springtime camping spots!