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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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.Β 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

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail West + South Side Pics

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail West + South Side Pics photo
Mount Nebo Rim Trail on south side, near Sunrise Point (panoramic).

The Rim Trail at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is one of the prettiest trails in Arkansas with amazing views from nearly the entire trail.

It’s a scenic 3.2-mile loop that goes around the entire mountain top.

There are basically 3 sides to the trail. These are March 24, 2015 photos I took of the west and south sides.

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail West + South Side Pics photo
Overlook parking area at the southwest part of the mountain. You can start the Rim Trail from here.

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