Tag - Difficulty: Moderate/ Strenuous

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

Cecil Cove Trail Loop (Buffalo River) – 6 mi

Cecil Cove Trail Loop (Buffalo River) - 6 mi photo
Blue pool near Van Dyke Spring

The former community of Erbie (north Newton County, Buffalo National River) offers a variety of hiking trails that can be combined for larger or shorter loops. Because it was a community, many of the trails feature historical sites that tell a story of early settlers to the area.

The 6.4-mile Cecil Cove Trail Loop, much of which follows Cecil Creek, is one of these. It provides a wonderful assortment of spring-fed ponds, streams, historic stone walls, a historic cemetery, former home sites, and a spur trail that leads to a couple of awesome waterfalls.

This is a full day of nature and historic sites that is well worth the trip. The trail is also shared by horses.

The elevation change on the hike is about 850 feet

Cecil Cove Trail Loop (Buffalo River) - 6 mi photo
Cecil Cove Loop Trail – part of the trail follows an old road bed

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Hunt’s Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) – 4 mi

Hunt’s Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) - 4 mi photo
The view from the Short Mountain vista.

One of my favorite day hikes around Hot Springs is the Hunt’s Loop Trail in the Ouachita National Forest (north Garland County/south Perry County).

The 4.3-mile-hike takes you straight up Short Mountain to a gorgeous vista and then through some of the most beautiful woods along the ridge of the mountain before returning to the narrow valley of the Middle Fork of the Saline River.

It is a moderate trail overall. The only difficult part is at the beginning (going clockwise) up Short Mountain. The elevation change is about 500 feet.

Hunt’s Loop Trail (Ouachita Forest) - 4 mi photo
Heading north on Hunt’s Loop Trail on top of Short Mountain, Ouachita National Forest
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Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail Pics

Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail Pics photo
North-facing view (panoramic) from Dill Point, North Rim Trail, Mount Magazine State Park

The North Rim Trail at Mount Magazine State Park (Logan County, near Paris) is a wonderfully scenic hike with some great vista views.

As an out-and-back hike, it is 5 miles (2.5 miles each way), but it’s not difficult. About the only significant elevation change is in a stretch in the western part.

My full review of the trail is in this post.

These are additional photos from my June 5 and 11, 2016 hikes on the trail.

Mount Magazine: North Rim Trail Pics photo
North Rim Trail, near the west vista area.

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Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Pics

Robbers Cave: Rough Canyon Trail Pics photo
Rough Canyon Trail at the south end of the loop, next to Fouche Maline

The Rough Canyon Trail is a cool 2.9-mile loop at Robbers Cave State Park. It has lots of interesting rocks and rock formations, varied terrain, and in wetter times, beautiful views of the Rough Canyon stream.

The trailhead is adjacent to the Robbers Cave Nature Trail, the small trail that goes by the actual Robbers Cave rock formations.

See this post for the full profile of the Rough Canyon Trail with pics from my April 2, 2016 hike.

These are some additional photos from that hike.

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Rough Canyon Trail. Rocky stretch on the east side between Lost Lake and the service road crossing.

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