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.

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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Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail – 2 mi

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail - 2 mi photo
Vista on the trail at the south part of the loop, just before the trail joins the Rim Trail.

The Summit Park Trail, named for the Summit Park Hotel (1889-1918), is one of the two coolest trails at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Russellville). (The Rim Trail is the other.)

Summit Park Trail is a vigorous walk with about 500 feet of elevation gain. (Elevation change is about 300 feet.) It make a 1.6-mile loop across the west side of the mountain.

About 1/3 of it is shared with the Rim Trail. Most of the rest runs parallel to the Rim Trail.

This hike is very scenic. Although most of it does not have a lot of vista views (during leaf-on), it has wonderfully interesting terrain, slopes, and many interesting and scenic rocky areas.

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail - 2 mi photo
Downhill steps from the trailhead.

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Lake Fort Smith State Park Trail Maps

Lake Fort Smith State Park Trail Maps photo
Trail Map (pdf) – Boston Mountain Trail (Updated) and Warren Hollow Trail

The current Lake Fort Smith State Park is fairly new. The original park closed in 2002 due to the enlargement of the reservoir lake. The current park opened in 2008 with all-new campsites, visitor center, cabins, and swimming pool.

Until recently, the only trails at the park were the Warren Hollow Trail and the beginning of the Ozark Highlands Trail. But in the past few years, two new trails have opened: the Boston Mountain Trail (4-mile semi-loop) and the Shepard Springs Trail.

Recently, the Boston Mountain Trail has been expanded with an additional loop. The original loop A is around 4 miles. Loop B is about 2.5 miles. It is open to mountain bikes and hikers.

The Shepard Springs Trail (hiking only) makes a 5-or-so mile loop with the first few miles of the Ozark Highlands Trail. Continue reading Lake Fort Smith State Park Trail Maps