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Celebrate Take A Hike Day at One of These Top 5 Natural Hiking Trails in Arkansas!

National Take A Hike Day is observed annually on November 17. With more than 300 miles of hiking trails across the state, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike in Arkansas. Grab your sunscreen, bug spray and a bottle of water, and head on over to one of our top five picks for natural hiking trails in Arkansas, all maintained and cared for by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

5. Big Creek Natural Area

 

Length: 0.75 mile roundtrip for Creek Trail; 1.75 miles roundtrip for Overlook Trail
Difficulty: Easy to moderate; not ADA accessible

The Big Creek Natural Area located in Cleburne County perfect for hiking and bird watching. There are two main loop trails that both begin and end at the parking lot. The area covers approximately 2,000 acres of land, and the trail provides spectacular views of water features, towering bluffs, caves and more.

4. Cave Springs Cave Natural Area

Length: 1.45 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate; not ADA accessible

Cave Springs Cave is definitely a gem. There are two main loop trails, the lower loop parallels the shoreline of Partners Lake and passes by Cave Springs Cave. The upper loop has a steep but short climb to the woodlands above the cave opening and offers scenic views of Partners Lake. This 57-acre natural area in Benton County is home to the largest known population of the rare Ozark cavefish. During the summer months, the caves even harbor a maternity colony of grey bats.

3. Rock Creek Natural Area

Length: 1.2 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate; not ADA accessible

Located in Sharp County, this natural area boasts one of the highest concentrations of rare plants in Arkansas. Perfect for nature lovers, this area is home to some of the most unique terrestrial and aquatic communities that Arkansas has to offer. Follow the trail to the appropriately named Bubbling Springs and enjoy the peaceful view.

2. Sweden Creek Falls Natural Area

Length: 1.5 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Easy to moderate; not ADA accessible

This trail, located in the Boston Mountains of the Ozarks, is home to an 80-foot waterfall that maintains the moist conditions beneficial to this beautiful woodland. A mix of glades and mesic hardwood make for a very scenic trek. Open year round, this dog-friendly trail is a local favorite. For the best experience, try going after a rainy day so you can enjoy the full power of this waterfall.

1. Devil’s Eyebrow Natural Area

Length: 11.8 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Strenuous

Located on the northern end of Beaver Lake along Indian Creek, this natural area is rugged and steep (hence it’s name). Characterized by streambeds, ridges and ravines, this rather difficult 11-mile trail features many caves and springs. In the fall and winter months, when the leaves have fallen, Beaver Lake can be seen from the top of Trimble Mountain.