Hike the Yellow Rock Trail

Arkansas Yellow Rock Trailhead

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    300 Feet

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An easy 3 mile loop with with spectacular views of the Ozark Mountains.

Yellow Rock Trail offers an easy loop hike with stunning views of the Ozark Mountains.

The trail is located just south of Fayetteville, AR in Devil’s Den State Park. From the entrance, follow the main road past the visitors center. You’ll pass a small lake and recreational area on the left. Take the first right just past the bridge. The trailhead is located on the left hand side of the road prior to the campground. There is a small parking area directly across the road from the trailhead.

The hike begins with a moderate incline past large rock formations. Continue through the forest until you reach the first junction. Heading right will take you on a quicker route to the yellow rock overlook. However, I suggest going left here to add more anticipation for the overlook. After taking the left, continue your hike until the second junction. If you’re wanting to add a couple extra miles to your hike you can continue straight here and see the Civilian Conservation Corp Overlook. This overlook pavilion was the first structure built in Devil’s Den. The view is nice and also accessible by car. Head right at the junction and descend to the natural Yellow Rock Overlook. Yellow Rock has incredible views of the Lee Creek Valley. Stop here to chill snap some pictures and take it all in. After you’ve had your fill, continue the loop until you reach the first junction and retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

The trail was well marked and maintained. Allow 1.5-2 hrs to complete the hike. If you’re able, check it out in late October/early November during peak fall color.

After the hike check out what the rest of Devil’s Den has to offer. On our way back to our campsite we stopped at Onyx Coffee Lab in Fayetteville. They had great coffee and a welcoming space.

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This is one of my favorite views in Arkansas. White Rock, Mt. Magazine and Hawksbill Crag are nice too but Yellow Rock is very convent for me. Add a couple hours to your commute between Fort Smith and Fayetteville and enjoy this breath taking view and fall in love with Arkansas all over.

9 months ago
9 months ago

I randomly stopped by this state park leaving Arkansas and it was well worth it. This trail is easy to get to and the view from the top is spectacular

11 months ago
11 months ago

Fun, easy hike with a beautiful view of the Ozarks.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Overall, this was a fun and beautiful hike. The trail is easily and very well marked. However, I would not consider this as a "loop". I was there yesterday with a group of friends and we had to back track the trail.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is one of my favorite last-minute day hikes. Very easy access and provides some great views! Great post!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

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