Tag - Counties: Benton + Washington (Ark)

Hiking trails in Benton and Washington Counties, Arkansas including Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area.

Devil’s Den: Yellow Rock Trail – 3 mi

Yellow Rock Trail, Devil's Den State Park
Yellow Rock bluff overlook (panoramic)

Yellow Rock Trail at Devil’s Den State Park (southern Washington County, Arkansas) is one of my favorite trails. This 3.1-mile semi-loop hike has beautiful views and wonderfully interesting and scenic rocks formations.

The trail is a semi-loop with two major spurs. The opening half-mile spur connects then to a largely triangular-shaped loop.

At the west end of the loop, there is a .3-mile spur over to the CCC Overlook. Including travelling both spurs, the hike length is 3.1 miles.

It’s a moderately challenging hike with some significant climbing and an elevation change of about 400 feet.

For my money, the highlights of the hike are: (1) the Yellow Rock bluff; (2) the CCC Overlook; and (3) the cool rock formations in the initial spur.

Yellow Rock Trail, Devil's Den State Park
Overhanging rock along the uphill part of the Yellow Rock Trail, Devil’s Den State Park

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Hobbs: Shaddox Hollow Trail – 1 mi

Shaddox Hollow Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Bluffs on southwest part of Shaddox Hollow Trail

The Shaddox Hollow Trail at (Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, eastern Benton County) is a scenic 1.3-mile loop trail.

It features several cool bluffs and a pretty view of Beaver Lake.

Shaddox Hollow Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Shaddox Hollow Trailhead

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Hobbs: Ozark Plateau Trail – .5 mi

Ozark Plateau Trail, Hobbs State Park
Ozark Plateau Trail, Hobbs State Park

The Ozark Plateau Trail (Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area in eastern Benton County) is a scenic wooded walk which should not be a real challenge for most people.

The outer loop, the focus of this summary, is just .6 miles.

Ozark Plateau Trail, Hobbs State Park
One of the information signs is on the right.

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Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail Pics 2014

Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Toward the end of August last year, I did a hike on the Pigeon Roost Trail at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, the largest state park in Arkansas.

Pigeon Roost is one of the most popular trails in the park. (Check out the trail summary with maps and elevation profile.)

The trail consists of a west loop (Huckleberry), an east loop (Dry Creek), and then a .7-mile starting spur on the east end. The two loops have a .6-mile overlap in the middle.

Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area
Beaver Lake near the Beaver Lake Overlook on the Pigeon Roost Trail

It’s a 9.4-mile hike if you do the entire figure-8. On this hike, I just did the outer loop (i.e., without the middle overlap) taking it counterclockwise for an 8.2-mile hike. Continue reading Hobbs: Pigeon Roost Trail Pics 2014