Choose your own adventure with these one-day hikesDay hikers can choose from wilderness hiking trails that take less than an hour to walk or hikes of several miles requiring an all-day excursion. The state’s nationally designated wilderness areas are rugged and physically challenging, usually with no established trails. However, these make excellent hiking areas for hikers who wish to choose their own path, whether for day hikes or longer backpacking trips. There are also other options such as self-guided hikes or interpretive-guided hiking trail adventures.
The six physiographic regions of Arkansas offer a variety of wilderness hiking experiences ranging from a view from the top of a grand Ozark or Ouachita mountain to the fragrance of pine forests which abound in the rolling hills of South Arkansas' Gulf Coastal Plain. Towering pines, lush hardwoods, large lakes, flowing waterways, fertile delta highlands, abundant wildflowers and a variety of wildlife provide many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy experiencing Arkansas's beauty by exploring the state's plentiful natural resources. What is your favorite area to hike?
NOTE: Due to the extensive number of hiking trails in Arkansas, this website lists only a typical sampling of trails in each area of The Natural State.
Arkansas has more than 250 great wilderness hiking trails scattered among U.S. Army Corps of Engineers national recreation areas, USDA National Forest areas, National Parks and State Parks. All of these trails are perfect for one-day hikes. Perhaps the best thing about hiking in Arkansas is that it can be enjoyed all year round. Every season offers something distinctive and you need no special equipment — just a good pair of shoes and the desire to breathe clean, fresh air. Find a trailhead near you and discover a new outdoor world in as much or as little time as you want. Pick a destination and start planning a hike today!!