The Best Hiking in Arkansas

Looking for the best hiking in Arkansas? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Arkansas. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Arkansas

  • Hagarville, Arkansas

    Backpack to the Natural Bridge

    8 mi
    After you drive across the one-lane bridge and take the dirt road immediately after it, follow that dirt road until it begins to bend to the left. Park your vehicle in the turnoff on the right, and be sure to lock it and take (or hide) any valuables in it. Even though it’s relatively remote, rand...
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  • Kingston, Arkansas

    Hawksbill Crag via Whitaker Point Trail

    4.5
    2.68 mi / 594 ft gain
    Hawksbill Crag aka Whitaker Point is one of the most popular hiking spots in all of Arkansas and only ~60 miles from Fayetteville. However, doing the hike early in the morning provides one of the best places of all time to watch a sunrise. You begin at the trail marker which is straight across ...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Camp on Big Bluff

    4.8
    6 mi
    This adventure begins at the Counterpoint Trailhead just north of Ponca, AR. Follow the trail downhill for about 2.7 miles until you reach a split in the trail. Take the trail off to the right and follow it for another .5 miles until you reach the Big Bluff area. There is a lot of area to expl...
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  • Sand Gap, Arkansas

    Relax at Falling Water Falls

    5.0
    This is definitely a hidden gem located in the middle of nowhere. This waterfall is literally on the side of the road, which makes for a great place to stop and have lunch. During the summer it doubles as a swimming hole and great place to chill. Getting there: Take Hwy. 16 east from Pelsor (loc...
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  • Kingston, Arkansas

    Hike Lost Valley

    4.8
    3 mi
    This is a beautiful trail that is easily accessible and only a short 3 mile hike. Start at the trailhead on the north end of the parking area. There is a map and some details about the main features of the trail. The first main feature that you come to on the trail is a beautiful bluff with a ca...
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  • Winslow, Arkansas

    Hike the Yellow Rock Trail

    3.9
    3 mi / 300 ft gain
    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. Tak...
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  • Mount Judea, Arkansas

    Hike Sam's Throne

    5.0
    0.5 mi
    This hike starts at the Sam's Throne Campground parking area. Once you walk to the end of the campground there is a fence with three different entrances that all lead to different trails. Take the middle trial for the shortest and easiest hike to the bluffs. This hike is very easy and only tak...
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  • Jasper, Arkansas

    Camp along the Buffalo National River

    5.0
    2 mi
    This is a night of camping that is one for the books. Head to the Steele Creek area on the Buffalo River. Once you are in the Steel Creek area simply follow the gravel road to the right and park anywhere in the grass along the river. Camping is permitted anywhere along the Buffalo River as lon...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Explore Twin Falls, Arkansas

    5.0
    0.25 mi
    Proceed to the Camp Orr Campground down near the banks of the Buffalo River. Once you reach the bottom of the hill you will cross a low water bridge over a small creek. Park in the small parking lot on the right hand side once you cross the creek. Once you park simply walk through the gated are...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Hike to Hemmed-In Hollow Falls

    5.0
    5 mi
    After parking at the Hemmed-In Hollow Falls Trailhead, follow the path down as it descends into the valley. As you approach one of the vistas, you’ll be able to spot the emerald green waters of the Buffalo River, as well as the bluffs to your east where the waterfall hides.After reaching the vall...
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  • Rogers, Arkansas

    Camp at Horseshoe Bend Campground, AR

    4.0
    The campground has several sites along the shores of Beaver Lake. Its restrooms are clean and include free hot showers. The campground does not provide firewood. However, you are allowed to pick firewood from the surrounding woods. If there has been recent rainfall you’ll need to buy firewood ...
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  • Winslow, Arkansas

    Hike the White Rock Rim Trail

    5.0
    2 mi / 250 ft gain
    The trail around the Rim of White Rock Mountain is one of the best trails for vantage points.  Nestled in the beautiful Boston Mountains in north central area of Arkansas.  The White Rock Rim trail is an easy 2 mile loop trail that is moderately hiked year round.  Start at the parking area and he...
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  • Witts Springs, Arkansas

    Hike to Punchbowl Falls

    3.2
    4 mi / -600 ft gain
    Go in the early Fall or late Spring! You start off on the Ozark Highland Trail. As you start walking along the trail you can see where people have slept the night before. Camping is acceptable out here, you do not have to pay, but the downside is that the closest town is about an hour away so if ...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Backpacking Cecil Creek

    5.0
    8 mi
    From Tulsa, head out east along US-412 until you reach HWY 103. Take a right (south) on HWY 103 and follow it toward Compton, Arkansas. Shortly before reaching Compton, take the dirt road on the right (before the road starts to head north), and follow the road south. Keep on it as it bends to the...
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  • Compton, Arkansas

    Backpacking Along the Buffalo River

    5.0
    12 mi
    Park at the Centerpoint Trailhead and follow the Centerpoint trail as it heads about 3 miles downhill towards Big Bluff. You’ll know you’ve reached the trail junction for Big Bluff when you come to a clearing that has a large firepit in the middle and a small unmaintained trail heading off to the...
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  • Harrison, Arkansas

    Camp at Kyle's Landing

    5.0
    Kyles Landing is located directly beside the beautiful Buffalo river, hardly a stone's throw from the cool refreshing water. With huge bluffs soaring over 400ft into the air, multiple hiking trails available, and access to the river itself, the campground is a perfect weekend getaway to get outsi...
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