best hiking trails in northwest arkansas

6 BEST Hiking Trails in Northwest Arkansas

Hiking in Northwest Arkansas is an unforgettable experience. You will definitely want to check it off your EPIC Arkansas Bucket List!

Northwest Arkansas is known for it’s beautiful terrain and it’s no wonder that people come from all over to visit and hike here. It’s a favorite spot among us Arkansans too!

So, to get you started on your adventures, here are the…

BEST Hiking Trails in Northwest Arkansas!

Bring your camera and a picnic lunch because these are some of the BEST hiking trails in Arkansas.

1. Fossil Flats Trail

The flat exposed rock in the creek bed lends this trail its name. Many fossils are visible in the exposed creek bed. Along the trail you will see evidence of the CCC and early settlers, creek views, and big rock formations. This trail gives riders a choice of a 2.4, 4.2, or 6-mile rides and the difficulty increases with each mile added.

Arkansas State Parks

You’ll find Fossil Flats Trail here:
11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74
West Fork, AR 72774
GPS: 35.784433, -94.2452

2. Whitaker Point Trail – near Deer, Arkansas

Perhaps one of Arkansas’ most iconic hikes. A portion of this trail follows along a massive bluff line and ends at Whitaker Point otherwise known as Hawksbill Crag.

Whitaker Point Trail was named one of our favorite “MUST DO” Hikes in Arkansas.

You’ll find Whitaker Point here:
Co Rd 406
Kingston, AR 72742

3. Pedestal Rocks and King’s Bluff – near Sand Gap

These are two hikes with the same trailhead, they also share a short section of the trail. Pedestal rocks offers incredible bluff lines with pedestal rocks as the name implies. King’s Bluff also follows atop incredible bluff lines and includes King’s Bluff falls.

These two trails were named one of several [INCREDIBLE] Arkansas Hiking Loops for People Who Love Sandwiches.

GPS: N35 43.488, W93 01.507

4. Mt. Sequoyah Woods Loop

Mt. Sequoyah Trail is a natural trail which meanders through heavily-wooded and occasionally rugged, undisturbed forest on the east side of Mt. Sequoyah. Information kiosks are available near the trail heads along Williams Drive and Happy Hollow Road. A picnic area is also available a short distance from the trail head along Happy Hollow Road. Parking is available along Paddock Road.

hiking trails in Northwest Arkansas

The address for the trail is 5 N Happy Hollow Road. Trail heads are accessible from Williams Drive at the northwest corner of the property and from Paddock Road and Happy Hollow Road at the southeast corner of the property. –source

5 N Happy Hollow Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701

5. Mt. Kessler Loop – Fayetteville

Mount Kessler Loop is a 6.7 mile loop trail located on the southwest edge of Fayetteville. For most people, Kessler Mountain will be the quickest to reach out of the five. And now that it is connected to the Razorback Greenway, you can easily reach the trailhead by bike! An old-growth forest that reaches 1,856 feet above sea level, Kessler is great for hiking and mountain biking with good views available on the backside of the mountain.


3087 Wc 200
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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6. Yellow Rock – Devil’s Den State Park

On this National Recreation Trail, users will hike 300 feet in elevation to one of the best views in the park. Atop the Yellow Rock is an unobstructed view of the Lee Creek valley. Along the rest of the trail users enjoy cedar glades, interesting rock formations, and the first structure built in the park.

Arkansas State Parks

You’ll find Yellow Rock here:
11333 West Arkansas Hwy. 74
West Fork, AR 72774
GPS: 35.782067, -94.24695

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