Tag - Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

Pinnacle Mountain: Rocky Valley/East Quarry Trails – 3 mi

Rocky Valley/East Quarry Trails, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Panoramic west-facing view from the H.L. Dickinson Overlook on the East Quarry Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Pinnacle Mountain is in the center. The swollen Maumelle and Arkansas Rivers are to the right.

This short but vigorous 2.6-mile hike combines two trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Pulaski County, near Little Rock): the Rocky Valley and East Quarry Trails.

This is a scenic and hilly walk with a couple of great vistas on the east end.

Getting to the Rocky Valley Trail

The first part of the hike is the Rocky Valley Trail (green blazes), a semi-loop trail that starts next to the visitor center. The East Quarry Trail (red blazes) is a spur at the east end of the loop.

Rocky Valley/East Quarry Trails, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
One of the cool rock formations on the Rocky Valley trail.

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Buffalo River Trail: Steel Creek to Steel Creek Overlook – 3 mi

Buffalo National River
View of the Steel Creek Area along the Buffalo River

The Buffalo River Trail (currently) is an approximately 40-mile trail running from Boxley to Pruitt along the Buffalo National River in Newton County.  Additional parts of the trail are under construction, and it will eventually span nearly the entire length of the river.

While I have never hiked a portion of the Buffalo River Trail that wasn’t thoroughly amazing, the short hike from the Steel Creek trailhead to the Steel Creek overlook is among my favorites. It’s a great hike to an amazing view of the river.

Buffalo National River
Buffalo River Trail from the Steel Creek Trailhead
Getting to the Trail

The trailhead is near the Steel Creek Campground, a few miles east of Ponca. Continue reading Buffalo River Trail: Steel Creek to Steel Creek Overlook – 3 mi

Lake Leatherwood: Miner’s Rock Trail – 4 mi

Miner's Rock Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
Miner’s Rock at Lake Leatherwood City Park

One of the most prominent trails at Lake Leatherwood City Park (Eureka Springs) is the Miner’s Rock Trail. This is a scenic and moderately challenging trail with some cool geologic formations.

Miner's Rock Trail, Lake Leatherwood City Park
Cool layered rock formations on the Miner’s Rock Trail (panoramic)
Getting to Lake Leatherwood

Lake Leatherwood is a wonderful 1600-acre park owned and operated by the City of Eureka Springs. The vast majority of it is wilderness with numerous hiking and biking trails.

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Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail (Ozark Forest) – 2 mi

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Pedestal Rock –  Ozark National Forest

The Pedestal Rocks Scenic Area in the Ozark National Forest (north Pope County) is a spectacular recreation area with two unique loop hikes.  These hikes can be done separately for short afternoon trips, or together for a longer day hike.

One of these is the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail, a 2.4 mile semi-loop hike, which features some great pedestal-shaped rock formations and some spectacular overlooks — and a lot of extra exploring opportunities for the adventurous.

Pedestal Rocks Trail, Ozark National Forest
Me on one of the many rock formations along the Pedestal Rocks Loop Trail

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