10 Short And Sweet Fall Hikes In Arkansas With A Spectacular End View

The crispness of fall is finally starting to settle into the state and there’s no better time to get out and take advantage of the countless trails Arkansas has to offer. If you’re not quite up to taking on the 223-mile Ouachita National Recreation Trail, don’t despair! One of the best things about our trail system is that there’s a hike for everyone. We’ve compiled our favorite trails that are perfect for a short autumn hike. Every trail listed is less than three miles and has the added motivation of ending with a spectacular view. So pack your picnic and indulge in Arkansas’ beautiful foliage on some of the best hikes in Arkansas.

Did we just plan your next day trip? Do you agree these are some of the best hikes in Arkansas, or is there an even better trail that deserves a shout out? Let us know! For more fun hiking ideas, why not plan a trip to Lake Atalanta?

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Best Hikes In Arkansas

July 29, 2022

Which state parks should I visit in Arkansas?

Arkansas has a handy 52 state parks to explore, one to discover every day of the week! While we think they are all worth visiting, there are a few that we think are the best state parks in Arkansas. We are huge fans of Devil’s Den State Park with its massive lake, lush forest, many trails, and a truly breathtaking waterfall. We also love Petit Jean State park for its many awe-inspiring natural wonders like a natural bridge and a grotto! If you want some photographic proof that the best state parks are in Arkansas take a look at these photos of Arkansas state parks.

Are there any haunted hikes in Arkansas?

There isn’t much better than feeling a chill creep up your spine while you explore a new place. Haunted hiking is all the rage, and even if you don’t spot a spirit, you will still have a blast trekking somewhere that you haven’t before. As for haunted hikes in Arkansas, we recommend a visit to the Toltec Mounds archeological site. Many people have mentioned seeing entities and orbs while exploring this important historical site. And if that’s not enough spooky for you, you’ll be happy to know there are three whole haunted state parks in Arkansas!

Can I hike to abandoned places in Arkansas?

Not only are there haunted hikes in Arkansas, but you can also hike out to some exciting abandoned places that definitely feel creepy as well! They may not have a record of hauntings, but perhaps you’ll be the first person to spot something out of the ordinary. If you step out on a short half-mile trail near Ponca, you can discover an abandoned homestead with multiple structures, many of which you can look inside! There are log cabins, outhouses, and some education plaques around to educate you on the history of the site.

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