Mount Nebo State Park


One of the oldest trails in the state, the Summit Park Self-guided Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in the National Trails System by Secretary of the Interior Cecil D. Andrus. The restoration of the trail was completed in May 1976 by members of Dardanelle High School Science Club, Mount Nebo State Park personnel, and the Town and Country Garden Club. It involved 700 hours of work. The trail begins near the site where the Summit Park Hotel once stood--a resort built in 1889 which burned in 1918. The trail began as a footpath to Fern Lake, a recreation facility for hotel guests. The path was later made into a more elaborate trail by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s and then restored and improved in 1976.