Tag - Difficulty: Moderate/ Strenuous

More challenging hikes. We rate the difficulty level on these as Moderate (3 of 5) or Strenuous (4 of 5).

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Pics

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Pics photo
Cool stone staircase on the uphill climb on the south part of the loop.

The Summit Park Trail at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Russellville) is one of the two coolest trails at the park. (The Rim Trail is the other.)

The trail is named for the former Summit Park Hotel (1889-1918).

This wonderfully scenic loop trail along the west side of Mount Nebo is just 1.6 miles long, but it is a vigorous walk. It involves about 500 feet of elevation gain.

About 1/3 of it is shared with the Rim Trail. It also gets very close to the Bench Road Trail in two places.

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Pics photo
Scenic area between Darling Spring and Fern Lake, Summit Park Trail.

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Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail – 3 mi

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail – 3 mi photo
Indian Rockhouse Cave on the Indian Rockhouse Trail, Buffalo Point Campground, Buffalo National River

This beautiful 3-mile loop at Buffalo Point Campground in the Buffalo National River near Yellville (Marion County, Ark.) is a must-see trail.

It is wonderfully scenic with many great points of interest including sculpted bedrock, a waterfall, a former zinc mine, and the Indian Rockhouse Cave.

It is a vigorous hike with about 400 feet of elevation change, but it is well worth it.

Buffalo Point: Indian Rockhouse Trail – 3 mi photo
Indian Rockhouse Trail running along Panther Creek

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Petit Jean: Seven Hollows Trail – 4 mi

Petit Jean: Seven Hollows Trail – 4 mi photo
Natural Bridge, Seven Hollows Trail, Petit Jean State Park

Seven Hollows Trail at Petit Jean State Park (Conway County near Morrilton) is a first-rate hike that features a natural bridge, a grotto waterfall, an a lot of unique views with diverse plant life ranging from ferns to cacti.

The trail takes its name from the seven small streams that run through the area, all of which have carved their own hollows.

The official trail length is 4.5 miles. (Mike’s gps calculation puts it closer to 4.1 miles.) The short spur to the grotto (with seasonal waterfall) adds .2 miles.

It is a loop trail that follows through four of the seven hollows and along ridges between the hollows. Bluff lines, tumbling water (in spring), and interesting plant life are abundant.

It is a vigorous hike with an elevation change of about 360 feet. Most of the climbing is on the second half of the loop.

This is a great hike with a lot to observe, and every part of the hike is scenic.

Petit Jean: Seven Hollows Trail – 4 mi photo
Seven Hollows Trail along the rock bluff

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Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail Pics

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail Pics photo
View from the vista on the south part of the Horseshoe Mountain Trail. Lake Catherine in the distance. (Panoramic.)

The Horseshoe Mountain Trail at Lake Catherine State Park (near Hot Springs) is an enjoyable and vigorous 2.7-mile hike.

Although the longest stretch of the trail is on the U-shaped ridge on Horseshoe Mountain, my favorite parts are the wooded hillside areas where the trail approaches the ridge from the north and from the south.

There are also a few vistas that are very nice, and a stretch along the Lake Catherine shoreline which is a treat.

Lake Catherine: Horseshoe Mountain Trail Pics photo
Scenic climb at the southeast part of Horseshoe Mountain Trail.

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