5 terrific trails to try

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Kaela McKim

Blue sky can be seen through the trees of Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock.

Hiking is an activity for all times of the year, especially in Arkansas where the weather is hardly extreme. With 300 miles of trails in the state, it is hard to pass up a day filled with scenic views and fresh air. All near Arkadelphia, Ark., here are five trails to enjoy.

  1. Located near DeGray Lake, Iron Mountain White Trail provides a moderate hike of 4.6 miles. It is accessible year-round and also allows mountain bikes and dogs on leashes.
  2. DeGray Lake Island Trail is an easy level 1.1 mile hike. It is a shorter walk, but it also allows for bikes and dogs all year.
  3. Eagle Rock Loop, located in Ouachita National Forest, is a hard level 28.2 mile hike that features waterfalls and streams for fishing. It is two hours from Arkadelphia, but the trail is open all year, allows dogs, and is a combination of three trails, so people can choose which is best for them, if not all.
  4. Just west of Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park features five trails ranging from moderate to hard level hikes that all provide mountain and hill side scenery. Open year-round, the park also allows dog-walking and rock climbing (probably not at the same time) that is just an hour from Arkadelphia.
  5. Popular among Arkadelphia natives, DeSoto Bluff is an easy level 1.1 mile trail that gives a scenic view of the Ouachita River from above.