All posts by Mike Newman

Mike Newman, editor and creator of Arklahoma Hiker, likes to day hike and walk outdoors in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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.

Janet Huckabee Center: Wells Lake Trail - 1 mi photo
There are beautiful views of the lake on the Wells Lake Trail.  (Panoramic.)
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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.

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Pics photo
Scenic area between Darling Spring and Fern Lake, Summit Park Trail.

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Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail – 3 mi

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail – 3 mi photo
Indian Rockhouse Cave on the Indian Rockhouse Trail, Buffalo Point Campground, Buffalo National River

This beautiful 3-mile loop at Buffalo Point Campground in the Buffalo National River near Yellville (Marion County, Ark.) is a must-see trail.

The Indian Rockhouse Trail is wonderfully scenic with many great points of interest including sculpted bedrock, a waterfall, a former zinc mine, and the Indian Rockhouse Cave.

It is a vigorous hike with about 400 feet of elevation change, but it is well worth it.

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail – 3 mi photo
Indian Rockhouse Trail running along Panther Creek

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Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail Pics

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail Pics photo
View from the vista on the south part of the Horseshoe Mountain Trail. Lake Catherine in the distance. (Panoramic.)

The Horseshoe Mountain Trail at Lake Catherine State Park (near Hot Springs) is an enjoyable and vigorous 2.7-mile hike.

Although the longest stretch of the trail is on the U-shaped ridge on Horseshoe Mountain, my favorite parts are the wooded hillside areas where the trail approaches the ridge from the north and from the south.

There are also a few vistas that are very nice, and a stretch along the Lake Catherine shoreline which is a treat.

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail Pics photo
Scenic climb at the southeast part of Horseshoe Mountain Trail.

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