Who knew one state could have so many of the greatest trails on Earth? Arkansas is filled with marvelous trails that lead to dazzling waterfalls and awe-inspiring bluffs. Keep in mind as we share the greatest trails that all experience levels have been included so don’t try to plan a harrowing, 30-mile trail if you’re more of a park-and-we’re-here kind of hiker.
1. Womble Trail – Oden
The whopping 32-mile Womble Trail may be rated as hard but it is so worth the effort. The steep hike will take you along the bluffs of the Ouachita River and a lookout point from Gaston Mountain. Hiking is welcomed but it’s also quite popular for mountain biking.
2. Pack Rat Falls Trail – Clarksville
This moderate, yet pleasantly short trail is located in the Haw Creek Falls Recreation Area. The trail leads to Pack Rat Falls, a fantastic 24 ft. waterfall. With a little bit of supervision this makes for a great family hike.
3. Glory Hole Waterfall Trail – Deer
This 1.8-mile trail leads to the Glory Hole Waterfall, one of Arkansas’ more interesting falls. The trail is moderate due to a sharp decline to reach the falls, so keep in mind it’s all uphill on the way back.
4. Hurricane Creek Trail – Hagarville
Hurricane Creek Trail is a moderate 16-mile hike that leads to some breathtaking scenery. The trail passes by a large shelter cave, Blue Hole Cascades, as well as the 29 ft. Hurricane Falls.
5. Gulpha Gorge Trail – Hot Springs
This easy trail is just over a mile long. The steep stroll features interesting rock formations and a natural garden of wildflowers. The trail meets up with Goat Rock Trail which should also be taken so you can reach the Goat Rock viewpoint.
6. Goat Trail – Ponca
Just outside of Ponca, the Goat Trail leads to jaw-dropping view of Big Bluff overlooking the Buffalo River. The trail is about 6 miles and is not for children or anyone afraid of heights. The ledges along the trail get pretty steep at 350 ft. in the air.
7. Sam’s Throne Trail – Mt. Judea
Sam’s Throne is a 2-mile moderate trail that will make you feel ant-sized compared to the massive rocks. The trail can be hiked or rock climbed. Reward yourself for conquering the throne by rappelling off afterwards.
8. Hemmed in Hollow Trail – Compton
Another hard but totally worth it trail, Hemmed in Hollow rewards hikers with a fantastic single-drop, 209 ft. waterfall. The trail is a steep 6 miles but can be cut short for those floating in from the Buffalo River.
9. Rock House Cave and Lookout Trail – Morrilton
Explore the massive rock shelter used by Native Americans more than 500 years ago. The shelter features cave art that can still faintly be seen. The 4-mile moderate loop also features “turtle” rocks along the path.
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