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.

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail – 4 mi (O&B)

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail - 4 mi (O&B) photo
Ben Geren Bike Path (Fort Smith, Ark.)

The Ben Geren Bike Trail is a nice walking path. This paved path in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is 1.9 miles long (each way) and connects Ben Geren Park to the nearby Chaffee Crossing area.

Fort Smith: Ben Geren Bike Trail - 4 mi (O&B) photo
Ben Geren Bike Trail

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Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop – 1 mi

Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop - 1 mi photo
View of pond from Benefield West Loop (Mt. Magazine)

The Benefield West Loop trail at Mount Magazine State Park is an easy .9-mile loop. It is almost completely flat and about half of it is on old forest roads.

This is not a scenic-view trail, at least during leaf-on (summer, early fall, late spring). But you should take a minute to look at the pond.

Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop - 1 mi photo
Benefield West Loop (Mt. Magazine)
Mount Magazine: Benefield West Loop - 1 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

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Mount Magazine: Will Apple’s Road Trail – 3 mi (O&B)

Mount Magazine: Will Apple's Road Trail - 3 mi (O&B) photo
Will Apple’s Road Trail – Mount Magazine State Park
Mount Magazine: Will Apple's Road Trail - 3 mi (O&B) photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Will Apple’s Road Trail at Mount Magazine State Park is a pretty simple trail. It is a former road that makes a nearly straight line downhill from the Visitor Center to the horse camp. It runs parallel to the highway.

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Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics

Last Saturday I went hiking on the Bear Hollow Trail at Mount Magazine State Park (near Paris, Arkansas).

Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics photo
Bear Hollow Trail, Mt. Magazine State Park, Logan County, Arkansas

Bear Hollow Trail is one of my favorite hiking trails. It is not very difficult or very long, and it has gorgeous views of the Bear Hollow area on the east side of Mount Magazine.

Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics photo
Bear Hollow Trail, Mt. Magazine State Park

Last Saturday when I went up there, I was a little surprised to see all the snow that was still there. We had gotten snow in Fort Smith in the past week or so, but that had already melted.

The first part of my hike was pretty exciting as I had never hiked in 6 inches of snow before. I’m sure that is a pretty regular thing to do up north, but it was new for me. Continue reading Mount Magazine: 2010 Bear Hollow Trail Winter Pics