Arkansas is known for its expansive and diverse wilderness areas. The Natural State has some of the best hiking around and hundreds of trails from which to choose. From short, easy trails to rigorous outdoorsman hikes, use this guide to help you narrow down where to hike in Northwest Arkansas. 

Where to Hike in Northwest Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas is beautiful in any season and has some of the best hiking trails. Whether you’re in the mood for a nice scenic stroll or a more vigorous hike, there’s no better place to explore. We have trails for all ages and fitness levels. Use this guide to find out where to hike in Northwest Arkansas.

Easy Level Trails

If you’re looking for a short and easy trail, try these. Perfect for young families with kids in strollers or people with limited mobility. Enjoy a walk on designated trails that are either paved or gravel. These trails are all two miles and under and an excellent option for a morning or afternoon venture.

  • Historic Van Winkle Trail
  • Ozark Plateau Trail
  • Warren Hollow Trail
  • Battlefield Loop Trail
  • Koen Interpretive Nature Trail
  • Ponds Trail

Moderate Level Trails

Are you ready for a little more trail? We have that too.  These are easy enough for school-aged children and young adults and range from a quarter of a mile to almost two miles. Explore this list of where to hike in Northwest Arkansas to find a moderate trail right for you or your family.

  • Lake Trail
  • Woody Plant Trail
  • CCC Interpretive Trail
  • Ozark Highlands Trail
  • King’s Bluff Loop

Moderate to Experienced Trails

Plan for much longer hikes when you hit these trails. Expect this list to range from 2-miles to approximately 40 miles of trail. You may encounter steep bluffs and rough terrain hiking these trails. Be sure to do a little research and plan before striking out for one of the trails on this list. Some of these trails are rigorous and challenging. You may want to pack a lunch and snacks or make it an overnight camping trip.  

  • Tyler Bend Trails System
  • North Rim Trail
  • Hawksbill Crag Trail
  • Lake Wedington
  • Mt. Kessler
  • Buffalo River Trail

Looking for more information about one of these trails? Find more information about these trails and more on the Arkansas State Parks website. It’s a great resource to discover where to hike in Northwest Arkansas.

What are some of your favorite trails? Comment and let us know.

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