Category - West Arkansas

Posts in West Arkansas including including the White Rock Mountain (Ozark National Forest) and Mount Magazine, Mount Nebo, and Lake Fort Smith state parks. Also see West Arkansas Trails Page.

Mount Magazine: Signal Hill (Highpoint) Trail – 1 mi

Signal Hill Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
The Signal Hill highpoint sign.

This is the trail that gets you to the highest point in Arkansas. And it’s not very difficult.

The highest point in Arkansas, 2,753 feet above sea level, is at the top of Signal Hill on Mount Magazine. It’s in Mount Magazine State Park in the Ozark National Forest’s Magazine District, Logan County.

The Signal Hill Trail takes you to the highpoint and makes an enjoyable 1.4-mile loop around the north and east parts of Signal Hill.

Signal Hill Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
On the east part of the Signal Hill Trail loop, between the trailhead and House Gap spur

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Mount Magazine: Bear Hollow Trail – 5 mi

Bear Hollow Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
East-facing view from Sunrise Rock, Bear Hollow Trail, Mount Magazine State Park (panoramic)

Mount Magazine State Park (Logan County, near Paris) sits on top of the highest mountain in Arkansas. It’s a great park, and Bear Hollow is one of its best trails.

The Bear Hollow Trail is a 2.7-mile west-pointing v-shaped trail that follows the rim at the east end of the mountain. The trail’s south end is at the Benefield Picnic Area.

The north end is near the park’s horse camp. The north side runs about 1.5 miles, and the south side about 1.2.

Bear Hollow Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
View from Inspiration Point, facing the north side of Bear Hollow. Inspiration Point and Sunrise Rock are on the trail’s south side.

There is some climbing on the trail, but not a lot. The net elevation change is only about 200 feet. There is not a lot of up-and-downhill climbing. Continue reading Mount Magazine: Bear Hollow Trail – 5 mi

Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) – 2 mi

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Pedestal Rock –  Ozark National Forest

The Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area in the Ozark National Forest (north Pope County) is a spectacular recreation area with two unique loop hikes.  These hikes can be done separately for short afternoon trips, or together for a longer day hike.

One of these is the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail, a 2.4 mile semi-loop hike, which features some great pedestal-shaped rock formations and some spectacular overlooks — and a lot of extra exploring opportunities for the adventurous.

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Me on one of the many rock formations along the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

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White Rock Mountain Rim Trail (Ozark Forest) Fall 2014 Pics

White Rock Mountain Rim Trail, Ozark National Forest
Bluffs along the southern part of the west side of White Rock Mountain

The Rim Trail on White Rock Mountain (2,200 feet elevation) in the Ozark National Forest (Franklin County) is one of my favorite short trails.

It’s only 2 miles long, but this trail has amazing views from nearly the entire trail as it circles the mountain.

White Rock Mountain Rim Trail, Ozark National Forest
View from Sunset Shelter, White Rock Mountain Rim Trail, Ozark National Forest

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