Traversing Trails

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Cedar Creek Trail
Cedar Creek Trail

Ways to explore the trails of Arkansas State Parks

Connecting with the great outdoors can be a wholly rejuvenating experience. Sometimes just the act of getting outside and taking in nature can give you a sense of clarity. At Arkansas State Parks, we believe in the renewing energy of the outdoors. You can explore any of our 52 state parks, each with its own unique lens for visitors to experience their surroundings.

One of the greatest ways to experience our parks is through our vast trail system. There are trails for a variety of activities, such as day hikes, biking, or backpacking that serve people of all skill levels and abilities. Trails are meant to be blazed and parks are meant to be discovered, which is why they are open to everyone.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
John Muir

Hiking Trails

With over 300 miles of hiking trails, our state parks offer a great way to experience the special beauty of Arkansas. Depending on the trail and the location, you can find a trail that best suits you, whether you’re looking to climb up mountainous terrains and conquer great heights, or if you are looking for a leisurely and relaxing scenic view of our calming lakes, rivers, and streams.

In fact, our parks offer barrier-free trails that are accessible through paved or hard surfaced trails for a hassle-free opportunity to take in a park.

Mountain Biking Trails

Our state parks are very bike friendly, whether you’re planning a bikepacking excursion or just looking to hit the trails. Our scenic routes run through the low plains of the Delta and up the rugged trails of the Ouachita and Ozark mountains.

Arkansas State Parks also feature Monument Trails, a collection of destination mountain biking trails merging world-class riding with architecture, art and nature. Monument Trails take an adventure-minded approach to trails while ensuring accessibility for riders and hikers of every skill level.

Start Exploring

If you are looking for an adventure, you can hit the trails with an ATV. Equestrians can explore trails open for horses, but you’ll have to supply your own horse. For those looking to get out on the water, you can start paddling through our state parks.

This is just the beginning of ways to hit the trails in Arkansas State Parks. You can discover trails on our trails where you can search by trail type, difficulty, region, or park. 

How are you exploring Arkansas State Parks?