Northwest Arkansas Trails

An autumnal paradise is outside your front door

Northwest Arkansas Trails There are a ton of reasons to love fall in Northwest Arkansas — Razorback football, crisp autumn mornings, Ozark foliage. Whatever your favorite thing about fall, chances are the trails are a great way to experience it.

Here’s a list of my top 10 must-see spots on Northwest Arkansas trails in the fall:

  1. Mount Kessler (Fayetteville) – Hike to one of the many ledges to see a panoramic view of the colorful Boston Mountain fall landscape. (pictured above)
  2. Blowing Springs (Bella Vista) – Mountain bike or hike the 3-mile loops on this trail for blufflines and color.
  3. Clear Creek Trail (Fayetteville) – The hardwoods along this section of the Razorback Regional Greenway provide a riot of oranges, yellows, and reds in the fall.
  4. Devil’s Den State Park (Winslow) – Just about any trail in the park will fill you with awe, but hiking Yellow Rock is my favorite in the fall.
  5. Lincoln Lake (Lincoln) – The city hosts an annual festival at the lake in early November to take advantage of the gorgeous fall scenery.
  6. Upper Buffalo Trails (Red Star) – Make a day of it if you plan to visit these newly opened trails about 1 1/2 hours east of Fayetteville. Best bet this time of year is the Azalea Falls Trail.
  7. Park Springs Park (Bentonville) – This city park is home to the Burns Arboretum and Nature Trail and boasts the State Champion pignut hickory tree.
  8. Hobbs State Park Conservation Area (Rogers) – For those wanting a dose of history and an easy paved trail, visit the Historic Van Winkle Trail. For a more strenuous hike, try the 9-mile Little Clifty Loop or the 3-mile Bashore Loop.
  9. Lake Springdale Nature Trail (Springdale) – The city has a short, easy to hike nature trail accessible from the Lake Springdale trailhead with lovely boardwalks, wildlife viewing and plenty of fall color.
  10. Crystal Bridges Trail (Bentonville) – Follow the colors along the trail, the pop inside to see how those colors inspired some of our nation’s best artists.

— Misty Murphy

One thought on “Northwest Arkansas Trails

  1. Steve Chyrchel

    Thank you for listing Hobbs State Park with the Northwest Arkansas Trails. I was a little taken back by the “Watch for hunters” addition. During our deer gun hunting seasons we close all of our trails except the historic Van Winkle and the Ozark Plateau trail next to the visitor center when there is never any hunting. Could you please delete the “Watch for hunters”

    Thank you- Steve Chyrchel, Interpreter


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