Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Trail is a unique and adventurous hiking trail in the middle of Greers Ferry Lake.
While on a vacation in Fairfield Bay recently, we decided to hike the Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Trail.
What makes this trail different from all of the other great hiking trails in Arkansas is that you have to catch a ferry to reach the trailhead. This is the only island trail in Arkansas!
The Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Trail is a 2.5 mile loop that can be surprisingly challenging. There are a lot of steps and steep climbs so be aware.
For other loop trails in Arkansas, read this: 5 [INCREDIBLE] Arkansas Hiking Loops for People Who Love Sandwiches
Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Trail shuttle times
The ferry leaves from the Fairfield Bay Marina four times a day.
You can catch it at:
Cost to Ride Fairfield Bay Marina Shuttle
$11.95 for anyone over 13 years old
$8.95 for kids ages 4-12
This cost gets pricey for large families or groups so make sure you come prepared to enjoy your hike to the fullest!
Note: The marina always recommends that you make a reservation before planning your hike.
Visit the Sugar Loaf Mountain by taking the shuttle from Fairfield Bay Marina and enjoy panoramic views atop one of the nation’s first designated National Scenic Trails. Call 501-884-6030 for times and reservations.source
How long does it take to hike the Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Trail?
If you keep a steady pace, the hike should take 1 hour up and 1 hour down.
This means that you won’t have a lot of time to rest on top of the mountain before the shuttle arrives to pick you up again.
Most people snap a few pictures and begin the trek back down to the dock.
More information about the Fairfield Bay Marina
- Full service Marina, rentals include boats (pontoons, fishing, and ski boats), Jet Skis, kayaks, sups, paddle boats and aqua bicycles.
- Lake tours.
- Shuttle to Sugar Loaf Mountain Island Hiking Trail. We have the only shuttle in the world to the only island trail in Arkansas!
- Camping, RV and tent sites.
- Rent annual and overnight boat slips.
- Seasonal Hickory Hill BBQ restaurant.
- Live Bait & Tackle
- Complete Ship to Shore store!
- Come see the Fish Feeding Frenzy!