Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail Pics

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail Pics photo
Bluffline rock wall near the waterfall, Indian Rockhouse Trail.

The Indian Rockhouse Trail is a very scenic 3-mile loop at Buffalo Point Campground (Marion County, Ark., near Yellville) in the Buffalo National River. Among the trail’s highlights are the Indian Rockhouse Cave, a waterfall, a former zinc mine, and Panther Creek.

The recent trail profile I did is at this link.

Here are some additional photos from my June 3, 2017 hike on the trail (and one from October 2016).

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Indian Rockhouse Cave

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Janet Huckabee Center: Wells Lake Trail – 1 mi

Janet Huckabee Center: Wells Lake Trail - 1 mi photo
Wooden footbridge on the Wells Lake Trail.

Wells Lake Trail is a pleasant and easy .7-mile ADA-accessible trail at Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center in Barling (near Fort Smith, Sebastian County).

It makes a loop around Wells Lake, a popular fishing spot.

The nature center, operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, encompasses 170 acres and features a number of short trails. It is on land that was formerly part of Fort Chaffee.

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There are beautiful views of the lake on the Wells Lake Trail.  (Panoramic.)
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Pinnacle Mountain: Summit Trail Loop – 3 mi

Pinnacle Mountain: Summit Trail Loop - 3 mi photo
Pinnacle Mountain, Pinnacle Mountain State Park

This 2.6-mile loop at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Pulaski County near west Little Rock) takes you to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain. It includes the West Summit Trail, East Summit Trail, and the north half of the Base Trail (connecting the two summit trails).

The summit of Pinnacle Mountain is one of Arkansas’s must-see hiking destinations. It is challenging, but it is a scenic and interesting hike with amazing views.

The Pinnacle Mountain summit trails are not the hardest trails in Arkansas since they are short, but they are definitely among the steepest. (Check out Mike’s elevation profile below.) In fact, guidebook writer Tim Ernst says that the East Summit Trail is the steepest trail in the state.

The elevation change from the base to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain is about 725 feet.

There is a trailhead at the base of the west side (West Summit Trail) and one at the east side (East Summit Trail). They both have parking.

The Base Trail makes a relatively level loop around the bottom of the mountain going through both trailheads.

When I recently hiked this loop, I began at the West Summit Trail trailhead and turned left onto the Base Trail. From there I hiked around the base of the mountain to the East Summit Trail. I then climbed East Summit Trail (not easily!) to the summit, and I hiked down back to my car via the West Summit Trail.

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West-facing view looking toward Lake Maumelle from the Pinnacle Mountain summit.

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Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Pics

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Pics photo
Cool stone staircase on the uphill climb on the south part of the loop.

The Summit Park Trail at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Russellville) is one of the two coolest trails at the park. (The Rim Trail is the other.)

The trail is named for the former Summit Park Hotel (1889-1918).

This wonderfully scenic loop trail along the west side of Mount Nebo is just 1.6 miles long, but it is a vigorous walk. It involves about 500 feet of elevation gain.

About 1/3 of it is shared with the Rim Trail. It also gets very close to the Bench Road Trail in two places.

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Scenic area between Darling Spring and Fern Lake, Summit Park Trail.

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