Category - Northwest Arkansas

Posts in Northwest Arkansas including including Upper Buffalo River, and Devil’s Den, Hobbs, and Withrow Springs state parks. Also see Northwest Arkansas Trails Page.

Cecil Cove Trail Loop (Buffalo River) – 6 mi

Cecil Cove Trail Loop (Buffalo River) - 6 mi photo
Blue pool near Van Dyke Spring

The former community of Erbie (north Newton County, Buffalo National River) offers a variety of hiking trails that can be combined for larger or shorter loops. Because it was a community, many of the trails feature historical sites that tell a story of early settlers to the area.

The 6.4-mile Cecil Cove Trail Loop, much of which follows Cecil Creek, is one of these. It provides a wonderful assortment of spring-fed ponds, streams, historic stone walls, a historic cemetery, former home sites, and a spur trail that leads to a couple of awesome waterfalls.

This is a full day of nature and historic sites that is well worth the trip. The trail is also shared by horses.

The elevation change on the hike is about 850 feet

Cecil Cove Trail Loop (Buffalo River) - 6 mi photo
Cecil Cove Loop Trail – part of the trail follows an old road bed

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Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail + Twin Falls – 1 mi

Devil's Den Self-Guided Trail + Twin Falls - 1 mi photo
Twin Falls on the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail

The Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail (Devil’s Den State Park, southern Washington County, Ark.) is one of the coolest state park trails in Arkansas. The rock formations and the seasonal waterfall on this short trail are wonderful.

It’s not a difficult trail. It’s about 1.2 miles long, and there’s not much of an elevation change (about 100 feet).

(At present, the namesake Devil’s Den Cave is closed to the public due to white-nose syndrome.)

Devil's Den Self-Guided Trail + Twin Falls - 1 mi photo
Crevices on the Devil’s Den Self-Guided Trail. The trail is just over to the right.

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Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (Ozark Forest) – 1 mi

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (Ozark Forest) - 1 mi photo
The Natural Bridge at Alum Cove from below

The Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (near Deer, Newton County, Arkansas, Ozark National Forest) is a relatively short  1.2-mile hike that provides a lot of great features including a couple of waterfalls, a cave, a small stream, and the highlight, the Alum Cove Natural Bridge.

This is a family-friendly destination with a lot of bang for your hiking effort.

I first hiked Alum Cove several years ago, and the area was not in great condition due to some winter storm damage at the time.

At our recent visit in May 2016, it was in much better condition.

Alum Cove Natural Bridge Trail (Ozark Forest) - 1 mi photo
The top of the Natural Bridge

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Devil’s Den: Yellow Rock Trail – 3 mi

Devil's Den: Yellow Rock Trail - 3 mi photo
Yellow Rock bluff overlook (panoramic)

Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park (southern Washington County, Arkansas) is one of my favorite trails. This 3.1-mile semi-loop hike has beautiful views and wonderfully interesting and scenic rocks formations.

The trail is a semi-loop with two major spurs. The opening half-mile spur connects then to a largely triangular-shaped loop.

At the west end of the loop, there is a .3-mile spur over to the CCC Overlook. Including travelling both spurs, the hike length is 3.1 miles.

It’s a moderately challenging hike with some significant climbing and an elevation change of about 400 feet.

For my money, the highlights of the hike are: (1) the Yellow Rock bluff; (2) the CCC Overlook; and (3) the cool rock formations in the initial spur.

Devil's Den: Yellow Rock Trail - 3 mi photo
Overhanging rock along the uphill part of the Yellow Rock Trail, Devil’s Den State Park

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