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

Mount Nebo: Pics of Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs Trails

Mount Nebo: Pics of Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs Trails photo
Nebo Steps Trail, Mount Nebo State Park

The Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs loop at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is fun little hike. Although it’s short, it is a workout as it makes the steep climb down from the rim level to the bench road level and back.

It’s a beautiful hike though with interesting rock formations and cool views in the higher areas.

This loop is .7 miles and encompasses the Nebo Steps and Nebo Springs trails as well as bits of the Rim Trail and Bench Road Trail to connect the two. For details, check out the full profile in this post.

Mount Nebo: Pics of Nebo Steps/Nebo Springs Trails photo
Nebo Springs Trail, Mount Nebo State Park

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Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Pics

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Pics photo
There are lots of great views of Spring Mountain from the west side of the Rim Trail.

The Rim Trail at Mount Nebo State Park (Yell County, near Dardanelle and Russellville) is one of my favorite trails. In fact, I think it’s one of the 3 most scenic mountain trails in Arkansas. (The others are White Rock Mountain Rim Trail and the Pinnacle Mountain Summit Trail loop.)

What makes this 3.2-mile loop trail really special is the amazing views from nearly the entire hike. Much of it has really interesting bluffs and rock formations as well.

Generally, it’s not a difficult trail. There are a few places with some climbing, but the majority of it has little elevation change.

Mount Nebo: Rim Trail Pics photo
South-facing view from Sunset Point at the north end of Mount Nebo.

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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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