Overlooks & Hiking Trails in Arkansas

 

Take time to enjoy Arkansas native plants such as wildflowers, the diverse wildlife in Arkansas and the wonderful scenic beauty of this special place. Park interpreters offer guided hikes on Arkansas trails and shuttle service as far as Cove Lake.Arkansas Trails
 
Begin your adventure at the park visitor center. Information, exhibits, supplies, and gifts are available there. The USDA Forest Service has additional brochures and topographic maps of hiking trails in Arkansas at their Paris office.
 

Volunteer Opportunities

The hiking, backpacking, mountain biking and Arkansas horse trails on Mount Magazine provide endless hours of recreation, solitude, and adventure for hundreds of visitors each year. To keep these Arkansas trails passable and preserve their beauty, maintenance is required. Please carry out any litter you see. Groups or individuals interested in volunteer projects are encouraged to contact a park interpreter. Consider joining the Mount Magazine Action Group (MtMAG), a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the park.
 

Trail Regulations

To protect the environment and for safety on Arkansas trails it is unlawful to:
•Possess alcoholic beverages on trails
•Carry glass containers on trails
•Litter
•Camp overnight on trails within the state park
•Deface natural or cultural features
•Allow pets off leash
•Ride bikes on trails other than Will Apple's Road Trail and Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail
•Ride horses or ATVs on trails other than Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail
•Harass, hunt, or kill wildlife in the state park
•Pick flowers or remove plants

VIOLATORS ARE SUBJECT TO BEING FINED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
 

Hiker Hints


STAY ON MARKED HIKING TRAILS IN ARKANSAS
Leaving established trails often creates new and confusing trails. This can also destroy rare and delicate wildflowers, and cause detrimental erosion.
 
WATCH YOUR STEP
Some Arkansas trails take you to the brink of bluffs. To avoid accidents, be cautious of loose or wet rocks. Be aware of rough terrain. Wear hiking boots, carry walking sticks, and drink plenty of water.
 
DO NO HARM
Cutting switchbacks, picking flowers, throwing rocks, and littering are a few ways people destroy the very environment they came to enjoy. All plants and animals are protected within the park.
 
AVOID UNWANTED ENCOUNTERS
Poison ivy is a common plant along many trails. Snakes will be seen from time to time. To avoid encounters with either, remain on designated hiking trails in Arkansas.
 
BE AWARE OF BEARS
Yes, there are black bears on Mount Magazine. They usually avoid humans. However, bears are attracted to food. Do not feed bears and never bring food into your tent. If you encounter a bear on a trail, slowly back away and keep your distance.
 

Easy Trails

  • Benefield Loop Trails

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 2 miles mile

    Description: Consists of two loops using the Benefield Picnic Area as a center point. History, wildflowers, additional Arkansas plant life, and scenic beauty are prominent features along these easily walked loops.

    In the 1880s Benjamin Benefield homeste... read more »

  • Will Apple's Road Trail

    Difficulty: Easy
    Length: 1.6 miles mile

    Description: Named for a farmer, this trail was the first road to the crest of Mount Magazine. During the 1800s, wagons hauled produce from the mountaintop to the valley using this path. This trail starts just east of the visitor center and ends at the horse camp... read more »


Moderate Trails

  • Bear Hollow Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 2.8 miles mile

    Description: Follows the upper rim of Bear Hollow from the Benefield Picnic Area to the northern trailhead at Ark. 309 just below the horse camp. Points of interest include WPA steps, Sunrise Rock, Inspiration Point, Bear Head Bluff, and Shoal Creek. Some of the ... read more »

  • Cove Lake Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 9.7 miles, only .5 mile is within the state park boundaries mile

    Description: Starting in the Cameron Bluff Campground, this trail descends over 1,500 feet to Cove Lake. Most of the trail is in the Ozark National Forest with only half of a mile in the state park boundaries. It can be hiked in a full day but is best enjoyed at ... read more »

  • Greenfield Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: .9 mile mile

    Description: The area now occupied by the Greenfield Picnic Area and the visitor center was a family farm before the Great Depression. The Greenfield Trail starts in the picnic area, crosses the highway and the headwaters of Big Shoal Creek, and meets the Mossbac... read more »

  • Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 34 miles, only .6 mile is within the state park boundaries mile

    Description: This is the only multi-use trail in the state park. Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any other trail listed here. From the horse camp down to the highway, this old wagon road drops 200 feet. For a detailed map, pick up the Huckleberry... read more »

  • Mossback Ridge Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 2.1 miles mile

    Description: Named for Albert Morsbach, a settler, farmer, and teacher, this trail connects four other trails: Benefield West Loop, Greenfield, North Rim, and Signal Hill. Most of the walking is easy on top of the ridge. Watch for a variety of wildflowers and sig... read more »

  • North Rim Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 2.2 miles mile

    Description: Starting just west of the visitor center, this trail follows the north rim of the mountain to Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. It leads through hardwood forests, scrub oaks, and cedar glades across several tumbling creeks. Windswept bluffs overlook a ru... read more »

  • Signal Hill Trail

    Difficulty: Moderate
    Length: 1.5 miles mile

    Description: At an elevation of 2,753 feet above Mean Sea Level, Signal Hill is the highest point in Arkansas. No visit to Mount Magazine is complete without having hiked to the highest peak in Arkansas. At the top is a 400 squ... read more »

Strenuous Trails

  • Cove Lake Trail

    Difficulty: Strenous
    Length: 9.7 miles, only .5 mile is within the state park boundaries mile

    Description: Starting in the Cameron Bluff Campground, this trail descends over 1,500 feet to Cove Lake. Most of the trail is in the Ozark National Forest with only half of a mile in the state park boundaries. It can be hiked in a full day but is best enjoyed at ... read more »

  • Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail

    Difficulty: Strenous
    Length: 34 miles, only .6 mile is within the state park boundaries mile

    Description: This is the only multi-use trail in the state park. Horses and motorized vehicles are not allowed on any other trail listed here. From the horse camp down to the highway, this old wagon road drops 200 feet. For a detailed map, pick up the Huckleberry... read more »

  • North Rim Trail

    Difficulty: Strenous
    Length: 2.2 miles mile

    Description: Starting just west of the visitor center, this trail follows the north rim of the mountain to Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. It leads through hardwood forests, scrub oaks, and cedar glades across several tumbling creeks. Windswept bluffs overlook a ru... read more »