Arkansas November 24, 2017
9 Picturesque Trails In Arkansas That Are Perfect For Winter Hiking
Thanksgiving feasting and elbowing through Black Friday sales have come to an end; so, Arkansans can now look forward to winter festivities. If you’re needing a break from busy stores and poor imitation Santas, now is a fantastic time to hike a trail or two. Pack a jacket as we scroll through some of the most picturesque trails for a winter hike.
1. Discovery Loop - Pine Bluff
This gorgeous straight-from-a-calendar scene is from the Imbeau Bayou of Pine Bluff. For an easy access trail with the same jaw-dropping views, we suggest the Discovery Loop outside of the Delta Rivers Nature Center.
2. Triple Falls Trail - Jasper
Triple Falls (or Twin Falls, depending on water flow) is arguably the most scenic trail for the easiest accessibility. Sure, waterfalls are beautiful in warmer months but there's something special about seeing the accumulation of icicles coming from the fall.
3. Lost Valley Trail - Ponca
Ponca is a treasure trove of beautiful sights and that certainly doesn't diminish in winter. The Lost Valley Trail features a waterfall and is a moderate 1.9 mile hike. Since you're already in the area, be sure to catch a glimpse of the Ponca Elk herd nearby.
4. Bridal Veil Falls Loop- Herber Springs
Bridal Veil Falls and Cornelius Falls (pictured) are spectacular sights in any season but especially after a hardy, freezing rain. The collection of icicles can be viewed along the short .4 mile trail.
5. Delta View Trail - Star City
The Delta View Trail in Cane Creek State Park may be one of the most underrated trails in Arkansas. The trail blazed path has a plethora of wild critters roaming around. From eagles to wild hogs, winter is a great time to take this hike.
6. Hawksbill Crag - Ponca
Don't you want to feel on top of the world (like this guy)? Hawksbill Crag is fantastic year round but in the middle of winter, when the trees are no longer a sea of green, the valley seems to be endless.
7. Cedar Falls Trail - Morrilton
Petit Jean State Park in winter is a promise land of picturesque beauty. From the frozen falls to the icicles hanging from Rock House Cave, you will definitely need to make a trip this season.
8. Glory Hole Waterfall Trail - Deer
The Glory Hole Waterfall is the most unique fall in Arkansas. Instead of flowing over the ledge, the water has worn a hole through it. The trail is downhill (remember that means all uphill on the way back) but a manageable two miles. You'll be able to see what looks like a pile of diamonds after a good freeze.
9. Goat Rock Trail - Hot Springs
This trail leads to Goat Rock Overlook, and like Hawksbill Crag, you'll feel like the only person in the world. The view of Indian Mountain in winter will leave your breath hanging in the air and jaw-dropped.
The season may be chilling but the trails are ready to be blazed. Which hike sounds like a good break from the holidays to you? Share your plans with us in the comments below!
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