I think the Summit Park Trail, named for the former Summit Park Hotel (1889-1918) is one of the two best trails at Mount Nebo State Park (the other one being the Rim Trail).
The Summit Park Trail makes a 1.6-mile loop across the west side of the mountain. About one-third of it is shared with the Rim Trail. Most of the rest of it runs parallel to the Rim Trail, not far from the bench level. (For my gpx-based trail map and elevation profile, see this post.)
One of the sites to see along the trail is Fern Lake. It was built to serve as a water source for the hotel.
Last weekend, I got to do some snow hiking at Mount Magazine State Park. I was pretty excited because we don’t get all that many opportunities for snow hiking here in Arkansas.
I picked the 1-mile Benefield East Loop Trail because it is fairly short yet it has some awesome views. Unfortunately, there weren’t any scenic vista views because of fog conditions up on the mountain. But it was still a really cool hike. (And I got to try out my new heavy-duty Columbia Omni-Heat winter gloves.)
I started at the Benefield picnic area trailhead and hiked it clockwise.
There was about 3 inches of snow in most places on the trail with a half-inch of ice under that. It made the rocks on the downhill parts of the trail fairly slippery. (I only completely fell once though.) Navigating through the snow-and-ice-laden branches took extra work on some parts of the trail.
Twin Falls of Richland is one of the more famous waterfall areas in northwest Arkansas. I first read about this waterfall about 10 years ago in Backpacker Magazine, and I quickly added it to my must-see list.
This destination is really is worthy of the national exposure.
Twin Falls of Richland is in the Ozark National Forest’s Richland Creek Wilderness. (Trail guide author Tim Ernst uses the “Twin Falls of Richland” name because there are multiple Arkansas waterfalls with the name “Twin Falls.”)
Twin Falls is actually two different waterfalls from two different creeks — Big Devil’s Fork and Long Devil’s Fork — that merge together at this site. One of the falls is 17 feet tall. The other is 19 feet tall. They fall over into a glistening pool that is a great swimming hole.
The easiest trail head to get to is via the Richland Creek campground, and it is a spectacular hike. When coming to the area, be sure to also check out Richland Falls and many of the other beautiful areas within the Richland Creek Wilderness Area.
Sunday morning I made a visit to White Rock Mountain in the Ozark National Forest and walked the Rim Trail. It is one of my favorite trails to hike. It is a loop trail that circles the top of the mountain, and it has awesome views all the way around.
The trail is only about 2 miles long, so it doesn’t take long to hike the loop. The four shelters along the trail are also nice vista-viewing spots.