Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area is a wonderful place. It covers 12,000 acres and is the largest state park in Arkansas. One of the most popular trails at the park is the Pigeon Roost Trail.
The trail is named for the extinct passenger pigeon which used to roost in this area in massive numbers.
The trail consists of an initial .7-mile spur and two large loops which have a .6-mile overlap. You will first come to the Dry Creek Loop, the eastern loop. The Huckleberry Loop is on the west side.
If you want to hike the whole thing (as a figure-8), the length is 9.4 miles. If you do just the outer loop, skipping the overlap, that is 8.2 miles. If you want to hike just the Dry Creek Loop, that is a 4.1-mile hike.
The Pigeon Roost Trail is easy to find. It has its own parking area right off of Highway 12.CLICK – Google Maps Directions to Trailhead
If you want to do just the outer loop, you will need to be on the lookout for the juncture with the Huckleberry Loop or you will end up hiking the overlap. If you are doing the Dry Creek Loop counterclockwise like I did, it is easy to walk right past the juncture because there is no sign pointing it out.
Watch for the juncture about .6 miles past the Beaver Lake Overlook. There is some signage off to your left, but it is not directed at people heading your direction. There also is a large dead tree by the trail there. Turn right there if you want to just to the large outer loop.
When I first hiked the trail on November 25, 2012, I did the entire figure-8. I took the Dry Creek Loop (the first loop) counterclockwise (going right) and the Huckleberry Loop clockwise. More recently, I did just the outer loop of the entire trail going counterclockwise.
The terrain of the trail is mainly forested rolling hills. The net elevation change is only about 300 feet. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there is not much climbing. If you take the long hike, you will have a total elevation gain of about 1,400 feet.
The trail itself is pretty easy to walk. It is wide and almost completely covered in gravel.
The highlight of the trail is probably the two areas where the trail comes next to Beaver Lake.
The first is the Beaver Lake Overlook at the northernmost point of the Dry Creek Loop.
The other is a stretch close to the lake on the northernmost area of the Huckleberry Loop. There is a short spur here that takes you down to a small beach on the lake.
During wetter times, the trail passes across and along several streams. There are also some interesting sink holes on the Huckleberry Loop.
The only campsites at Hobbs are the primitive campsites that can be reached via spurs off this trail.
There are white blazes on the trail. I had good AT&T cell coverage on the entire trail.
These photos and the gps data are from my first hike on the trail on November 25, 2012.
See this post for photos from my August 31, 2014 visit to the trail.
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MapsCLICK – Interactive Trail Map
Hobbs - Pigeon Roost Trail
Location Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, Benton County, Arkansas Hike Length/Type The trail is a .7 mile spur then 2 loops, Dry Creek and Huckleberry, with a .6 mile overlap.
-9.4 mi. - Entire trail as a figure-8.
-8.2 mi. - Outer trail without the loop overlap.
-4.1 mi. - Dry Creek Loop hike.
Difficulty Strenuous (4 of 5) Gpx file (by Mike) Link Official Info (479) 789-5000;
Official website. Official trail map.
Date Hiked November 25, 2012 (and August 31, 2014) Directions (via Google Maps) Directions to trailhead
[Last updated: 3-23-2017]