Hike the Rim Trail at Mount Nebo SP

Rim Trail Trailhead

On one of the highest peaks in Arkansas's State Park system, you can take in beautiful views of sunrise and sunset from the Rim Trail. 

The official trailhead for the Rim Trail can be found on the north side of Country Rd 92, but it seems to be much easier to start the hike right behind the visitors center. There is more parking spaces and you can purchase any last minute items you may have forgotten before you start. To find the official trailhead however, you will pass the Visitors Center on your right from Country Rd. 155 and take the next left which is Country Rd. 92. Follow the road until you see the trailhead sign on your right. 

The 3.2 mile Rim Trail follows along the outer rim of Mount Nebo. The trail is mostly along a dirt path, but has multiple elevation changes using natural stone steps. There are beautiful rock bluffs along the trail where you can rest and take in the beautiful views of the Arkansas River Valley. On the north side of the trail you can view Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River. The only downer of the views on north side is eye sore that is Arkansas Nuclear One, a large water reactor nuclear power plant. If you can get passed seeing that, the views of the lake are great. The south side views of the forest are fantastic, especially if you visit in the fall. The vibrant colors are truly a site to see. On opposite sides of the trail you will find Sunrise Point and Sunset Point, which, as they are appropriately named, you will be able to view the sunrise and sunset, respectively. Each end has viewing benches to enjoy the views and surroundings. 

Pack List

  • Water 
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
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RT Distance 3.3 Miles
Elevation Gain 517 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Picnic Area


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Fun Morning Hike

Did this hike a few days ago and it was nice. The fall foliage was beautiful. As I got close to Sunrise Point it was hard to tell where the trail continued as I came upon a stretch of houses. There weren't any markers so I decided to follow the road instead of trekking through people's yards, but other than that the trail had some very interesting places and is worth the time and effort to try it out.

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