The natural state is full of state parks, and those state parks are full of awesome trails. We told you before about an incredible
easy hike in Arkansas , and we’re back to tell you about these dozen trails. Each one will lead you to some of the most unforgettable places in our state.
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1. Whitaker Point Trail (Buffalo River Area)
Whitaker Point Trail will lead you to a place so nice they named it twice. Whether you call it Whitaker Point or Hawksbill Crag, it is certainly one of the most gorgeous spots in Arkansas.
To find Whitaker Point Trail from Ponca, take Highway 43 South to Highway 21 and turn left. Continue about two miles to the Boxley Bridge, which crosses the Buffalo River. Turn right onto road 9560 and keep going about 6 miles. About 1/4-mile from the trailhead, you'll pass the Cave Mountain Church & Cemetery on the right.
2. Hemmed-in-Hollow Trail (Buffalo River Area)
At the end of this trail, you’ll find Hemmed-in-Hollow Falls, the tallest free-falling waterfall in the central United States. It’s absolutely gorgeous, so be sure to bring a camera.
To reach the trailhead from Ponca, take Highway 43 North to Compton, which is about 9 miles. You'll see a gravel road on the right, with a wooden sign that says "Wilderness Access." The road is across from a small store. Turn onto the road. About a block later, take a hard right. Drive for approximately a mile down a long straight-away until you reach another wooden sign marking the right-hand turn to the Hemmed-In Hollow trailhead.
3. Brushy Creek Nature Trail (Cossatot River Natural Area)
The Cossatot is a beautiful river, and one of the best ways to see it is from the Brushy Creek Nature Trail, which offers a scenic overlook of the spot where Brushy Creek joins with the Cossatot River.
The trail begins in the parking lot of the Brushy Creek Natural Area right off of Highway 246.
4. Kings River Falls Trail (Huntsville)
The Kings River has been named the most underrated place in Arkansas. It’s spectacular and so are the falls located there.
To find the trail, go to the community of Boston on Highway 16 between Pettigrew and Red Star. From Boston, turn north onto County Road 3175. Stay on that road for 2 miles and then turn right onto County Road 3415. Stay on this for 2.3 miles until the road ends. Turn left at the T. After a few hundred yards, you’ll cross a small stream. There is a decent-sized parking area on your right.
5. Lake Ponder Trail (Crowley’s Ridge State Park)
Set in beautiful Crowley’s Ridge State Park, Lake Ponder Trail is easy to navigate and less than half a mile long. From the boardwalk, you can see the gorgeous lake and unique plant life of the park.
To find the trail, simply drive to Paragould and visit Crowley’s Ridge State Park.
6. Yellow Rock Trail (Devil’s Den State Park)
Devil’s Den is one of the most spectacular parks in Arkansas, and Yellow Rock is its most spectacular feature. On the trail itself you’ll find truly unique rock formations, and from Yellow Rock itself, you can catch great views of Lee Creek Valley.
The trailhead begins near Campground A at Devil’s Den State Park.
7. North Rim Trail (Mount Magazine State Park)
Mount Magazine is absolutely breathtaking, and North Rim Trail shows you some of the best of what the state park has to offer. Cedar glades, creeks, and windswept bluff await you on this trail.
This trail begins just west of the visitor center and follows the north rim of the mountain.
8. Seven Hollows Trail (Petit Jean State Park)
Seven Hollows Trail will take you through small canyons and past unbelievable natural formations like the natural stone arch and rock shelters.
To find the trail from Morrilton, go nine miles south on Arkansas Hwy. 9. Take Highway 154 west for 12 miles until you reach Petit Jean State Park. The trail is easy to find from there.
9. Base Trail (Pinnacle Mountain State Park)
Pinnacle Mountain is a unique feature of central Arkansas, and it’s a beautiful place to explore. Base Trail takes you through interesting plant communities and offers views of the river.
The trail begins on the north side of the Little Maumelle boat ramp on the far end of the picnic area.
10. Coastal Plain Trail (White Oak Lake State Park)
Coastal Plain Trail offers views of the most interesting terrain in southern Arkansas. The sand hills will be especially interesting to Arkansas natives.
To find the trail from I-30 at Prescott, go 20 miles east on Highway 24, then go 100 yards south on Hwy. 299. Take Highway 387 two miles southeast.
11. War Eagle Trail (Withrow Springs State Park)
War Eagle Trail runs parallel to the river that is its namesake. About halfway down the trail you’ll find a cool cave with some incredible formations. It ends with a scenic overlook atop a 150 ft bluff.
To find the trail from Huntsville, go north five miles on Highway 23 until you reach Withrow Springs State Park.
12. Falls Branch Trail (Lake Catherine State Park)
This trail leads to a beautiful Falls Branch Falls. Before you reach the falls, though, you’ll cross Little Canyon Creek several times.
To find the trailhead, take exit 97 at Malvern from I-30, then go 12 miles north on Hwy. 171. You’ll find the beginning of the trail near the campground.