The trailhead parking lot is located on the north side of State 12, about 7/10 mile east of War Eagle Road (Benton County 98). There is a restroom that can be seen at the trail head. Park vehicles straight ahead off the highway, to the left of the gate.
The trail is a double stacked-loop trail; there is a short loop of approximately 4 miles for day hiking and a longer loop of 8.5 miles for overnight use. Primitive camping is allowed on the longer loop at five designated campsites only. These campsites, on a ridge overlooking Beaver Lake, are available on a first-come basis. Please contact the Ranger at the phone number listed below to determine if there will be a campsite available.
The trail is fairly short for an overnight trail, but there are several hills to climb which give the trail its difficulty rating. From the parking lot, the trail begins straight ahead down the ridgeline. This is an access spur which follows the ridgeline for about 1/2 mile, then drops off the ridge to the west to the bottom of a hollow where it intersects with the loop. At this point, you can go either left or right; however, the hiking is a bit easier if you take the left fork. The trail winds through narrow hollows and up and along rugged ridges. It travels through stands of native pines, hardwoods, and typical Ozark vegetation. During leaf-off, there are several locations which offer great views of the Van Hollow branch of Beaver Lake.
At present, small game and deer hunting is allowed in the area, seasonally, contact park office for more information.
Guidebooks are available at most Northwest Arkansas outfitting and/or sporting goods stores.
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I use this trail on regular basis and have hiked the full 8 miles and the 4.2 mile loop. I put my 16 month old son in a hiking pack and take him on it and stop to play in the lake. Before I had him I would use the 4 mile loop for trail running. These trails are so peaceful and not as heavily traveled as others in the NWA area
Cassandra Farris (8/15/2011)
This was an excellent trail to hike. I went last year with a group of people and we backpacked out and camped for the night. The trail is kept up good, and not very difficult, Perfect for a family camping or Backpacking trip!
Clay Hall (5/27/2011)
We hiked the entire trail in an afternoon, all 8.5 miles of it. The hike would have been better without the rain for the last 2 miles. Overall it is an enjoyable hike. See my slideshow of the trail http://www.associatedcontent.com/slideshow/56050/pigeon_roost_trail_at_hobbs_state_park.html?cat=16
Lynda Altman (7/7/2010)