8 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Arkansas Will Love

When spring gets in full swing in Arkansas, there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy the Natural State. These are some of the best hikes in Arkansas, perfect for a relaxed outing with the whole family. Let’s pack a picnic and take one of these beautiful spring hikes.


By no means is this a complete list! We would love to know which trails are your favorite for a springtime day trip. What do you think are the best hikes in Arkansas? Share with us in the comments below!

You should definitely pair these springy hikes with these awesome springtime camping spots!

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Best Hikes in Arkansas

April 13, 2022

What are the best family-friendly hikes in Arkansas?

While a challenging and lengthy hike is always a good time, sometimes it’s nice to take a shorter trail, especially when you want to brings the kids along. Luckily, there are plenty of kid-friendly hikes in Arkansas. The Dogwood Loop, located in Withrow Springs State Park in Huntsville is only .75 miles-long and features dogwood trees and forest. If you are in or around Logan County, take the kids to the 1.5-mile Signal Hill Trail in Mount Magazine State Park. This scenic hike in Arkansas takes you out to the highest elevation in the state at 2,753 feet.

What is weather like in the spring in Arkansas?

Before you head out on any adventures or scenic hikes in Arkansas, it’s best to know what sort of weather you’ll be battling against. Although located in the south, Arkansas actually has four seasons, with rain and even snow common in both the late fall and winter months. Summer is especially warm with highs in the late 80s and early 90s, great for those who like the heat, not so great for those who don’t. But spring is just perfect: average highs are in the 60s and 70s, making for very pleasant outdoor excursions.

Which state parks should I visit in Arkansas?

Arkansas has 52 state parks within its borders, each of them offering a variety of different recreation and activities. Petit Jean State Park in Conway County, opened in 1923, was the state’s first ever park and features hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, canyons, and much more within its 3,471 acres. At Lake Charles State Park in Lawrence County, you’ll be at the base of the 47,000-square-mile Ozark Mountains. Here, you hike one of the four trails, swim at the beach during season, camp, or just sit down for a nice, scenic picnic. And don’t forget Hot Springs National Park in Garland County. Here, you can explore 5,500 acres, which includes hiking, biking, fishing, and of course, soaking in the thermal water.