[This post was originally published on May 21, 2011 on "A Hiking We Will Go."]
This weekend, we hiked the Beacham Trail at Lake Leatherwood in Eureka Springs. This trail has been on my list for quite a while, having read about it in Tim Ernst’s Arkansas Hiking Trails.
There are several trails around Lake Leatherwood, a municipal park in Eureka Springs. Thinking of most city parks, images of a true “hike” are not what come to mind which is probably why this wasn’t one of the top trips on our list. We were surprised to find a really nice hiking trail around a very scenic lake.
The weather was great with blue skies and sunshine. They have been missed lately with all of the rain in the area. Things were a bit soggy since yesterday was a rainy day, but we were not deterred.
When my kids and I were on a short vacation in Eureka Springs a few weeks ago, we hiked two of the trails at Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I really enjoyed the Miner’s Rock Trail.
Miner’s Rock Trail is named for the Miner’s Rock, a unique geological rock formation. (Read more about the Miner’s Rock here(pdf).) The trail runs nearly three miles from the south (main) trailhead (where there is parking) to the north trailhead. It is about 3.7 miles if you make a loop walking back along the road to where you started.
Lake Leatherwood Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is a cool place for hiking with a variety of trail types. One of the easier trails is the Beacham Trail which makes a loop around the lake without much up-and-downhill climbing.
The beginning of the trail (if, like me, you start heading north from the main trailhead by the playground) is not that exciting. This section is just a pretty flat old road without any good views of the lake.
But then, before you finish the first mile, you hit the lake dam. The Beacham Trail then follows the pedestrian crossing along the 600-or-so-foot length of the dam. Crossing the dam is really cool with awesome views of the lake on one side and an amazing view of spillway waterfalls on the other.