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Trails at beautiful Mount Nebo State Park, near Dardanelle and Russellville, Arkansas (Yell County).

Mount Nebo: Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs Trails Loop – .5 mi

Mount Nebo: Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs Trails Loop - .5 mi photo
Nebo Steps Trail, Mount Nebo State Park

Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is a beautiful place. This loop covers two of the trails on the mountain. It’s a short hike, but it’s vigorous and pretty cool.

There are 2 main levels on Mount Nebo, the bench level and the rim level at the top. Nebo Steps and Nebo Springs are 2 of the trails that connect the levels.

This .7-mile hike takes Nebo Steps Trail down to the Bench Road Trail and then takes the Nebo Springs Trail back up. Then the Rim Trail takes you back to the start.

Mount Nebo: Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs Trails Loop - .5 mi photo
Boulder on the Nebo Springs Trail
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Mount Nebo: Rim Trail – 3 mi

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail - 3 mi photo
Mount Nebo Rim Trail – Starting from behind the Visitor Center

Arkansas has earned the reputation as “The Natural State” because of the beautiful natural sites around the state. And as a part of this reputation, Arkansas has established an outstanding state park system that is diverse in the natural beauty they provide.

Mount Nebo State Park

One of the crown jewels of the state park system is Mount Nebo State Park. The park was established in 1935. Many of the trails and cabins date were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), part of President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” during the Great Depression.

The park is located seven miles west of Dardanelle on Highway 155. You can get there by taking Highway 7 south, through Russellville and Dardanelle, making a brief right onto Highway 22, and then turning left on Highway 155. (Follow the signs to the park.)

Highway 155 up Mount Nebo is very steep and very curvy. (Don’t bring a long trailer.)

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail - 3 mi photo
Mount Nebo Rim Trail

At the top of the mountain, there are campsites, cabins that can be rented, private residences, a pool, tennis courts, playground equipment, a basketball court, and a great little visitor center with several snakes on hand, so you can learn about the native species.

You may also catch the sight of hang gliders from the visitor center as it is a frequent launch point.

The park also offers 360-degree views of the countryside which also means fantastic views of the sunrise and sunset (at sites aptly named “Sunrise Point” and “Sunset Point”).

Mount Nebo Hiking Trails

The park boasts over 14 miles of hiking trails, all of which connect in ways that can make for a wide variety of routes, distances, and difficulty levels.

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Mount Nebo: Bench Road Trail – 4 mi

Mount Nebo: Bench Road Trail - 4 mi photo
Bench Road Trail at the southeast part of the mountain, Mount Nebo State Park

While not as awesome as the Rim Trail, the Bench Road Trail at Mount Nebo State Park is a pleasant wooded stroll with a number of cool sites.

The trail sits on the natural bench that circles the mountain a few hundred feet below the rim level.

It was built in the 1800’s as a road for residents and visitors to the mountain. It was Bench Boulevard in the 1890’s.

Except for its length, the Bench Road Trail is a pretty easy walk. Including the last quarter-mile walk on the highway, the hike is 3.7 miles.

Mount Nebo: Bench Road Trail - 4 mi photo
East-facing view from Bench Overlook (panoramic)

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Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Photos 2014

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Photos 2014 photo
Southwest-facing panoramic view from south end of Summit Park Trail near the juncture with the Rim Trail.

I think the Summit Park Trail, named for the former Summit Park Hotel (1889-1918) is one of the two best trails at Mount Nebo State Park (the other one being the Rim Trail). The Summit Park Trail makes a 1.6-mile loop across the west side of the mountain. About one-third of it is shared with the Rim Trail. Most of the rest of it runs parallel to the Rim Trail, not far from the bench level. (For my gpx-based trail map and elevation profile, see this post.) 

Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Photos 2014 photo
CCC-built steps descending from the Summit Park Trail trailhead.

One of the sites to see along the trail is Fern Lake. It was built to serve as a water source for the hotel.  Continue reading Mount Nebo: Summit Park Trail Photos 2014