Tagged: Difficulty: Easy/Mildly Challenging

Mount Magazine: Benefield East Loop Trail – 1 mi

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Southwest-facing view of Petit Jean River valley from the south part of the Benefield East Loop Trail, Mount Magazine State Park
Southwest-facing view of Petit Jean River valley from the south part of the Benefield East Loop Trail, Mount Magazine State Park

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).

Southeast-facing bluff view from Benefield East Loop Trail
Southeast-facing bluff view from Benefield East Loop Trail

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Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail – 1 mi

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Wooden walkway south of lodge leading to trailhead for Reservoir Trail and Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic)
Wooden walkway south of lodge leading to trailhead for Reservoir Trail and Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic)

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.

Stone steps on the Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Stone steps on the Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

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Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail – 3 mi

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Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Base Trail, north side

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.

Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Panoramic shot of the Base Trail, on the north side, Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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Round Top Mountain Trail – 4 mi

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Round Top Mountain from Highway 7 North of Jasper
Round Top Mountain from Highway 7 North of Jasper

About two miles south of Jasper on Highway 7 is the prominent and aptly named Round Top Mountain. There is a great hiking trail here with beautiful scenery, wildflowers, and a bit of unusual history.

Round Top Mountain Trail is not a difficult hike. It is about a 3.6 mile hike with a net elevation change of about 300 feet.

Round Top Mountain Trail
View from the North Overlook from the Round Top Mountain Trail

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