The Benefield East Loop Trail at Mount Magazine State Park is one of my favorite short trails. This one-mile loop has some of the best views in the park.
Mount Magazine State Park sits on the highest mountain in Arkansas. It is near Paris in Logan County and is surrounded by the Magazine District of the Ozark National Forest (the only part of the Ozark Forest south of the Arkansas River).
The Reservoir Trail at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a short but vigorous hillside walk. It makes a .4-mile (each way) downhill zigzag on the south side of Rich Mountain leading to a historic reservoir.
The trail starts at the wooden walkway at the south end of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. This spot is also the south trailhead for the Lovers Leap Trail.
From here, the trail heads to the right (west). Pretty quickly, the trail begins its downhill descent.
By its end, the trail descends 200 feet in elevation.
One of the cool hiking trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the Base Trail, a 2.7-mile loop around the base of Pinnacle Mountain.
Hikers often use either the north or south part of the Base Trail to make a summit loop — e.g., hiking up the East Summit Trail, down the West Summit Trail, then turning right to complete the loop on the north part of the Base Trail.
But just hiking the Base Trail a pretty cool hike.