5 Family Day Hikes in Northwest Arkansas

Photo credit: Gideon Haden ChomphosyLooking for some quick family day hikes in Northwest Arkansas? Here are 5 great family-friendly trails that are well within driving distance. There are so many great trails in and around Northwest Arkansas that it’s difficult to choose the best ones. Consider this more of a starting point than a definitive guide to the best family hikes in Arkansas.

Wedington Hiking Trail

This is the place to go if you’re looking for hiking at Lake Wedington. Wedding Hiking Trail is a 3.5-mile out and back trail that follows the edge of Lake Wedington. This means that you once you reach the end of the trail you follow the same route back to your starting point rather than hike a loop. The trail is easy with some slight change in elevation. Once you’re done with your hike, stick around for a night of camping before heading back into town. Wedington Hiking Trail is accessible from March through October.

Yellow Rock Trail

This is one of the best family hikes at Devil’s Den. It’s not a dangerous hike by any means, but you should be careful if going to the bluff overlook with small children. Yellow Rock Trail is a 2.7-mile loop, but you can do a shorter out and back hike to the overlook. This is an easy – moderate hike, and gains slightly more elevation than most other beginner family hikes in the area. It’s still manageable for most families and boasts great view! As with Lake Wedington, Devil’s Den offers camping. Consider calling ahead to make reservations, especially during peak seasons.

Kings River Falls Trail

This is a 2-mile out and back trail. The trail follows the picturesque Kings River along easy terrain. Kings River Falls Trail is well-maintained and clearly defined. The falls are impressive, especially after heavy rains, and empty into a pool that’s perfect for swimming during warmer months. Check water levels before heading out to make sure that you get the best show! Dogs are welcome on a leash.

Eagle View Loop Trail

Eagle View Loop Trail, located on Lincoln Lake, is the longest hiking trail on the list. It’s a 5-mile loop of easy trail. Families experienced with hiking should be fine; however the distance may prove difficult for families that are new to hiking. Bring your dog, so long as you have a leash, but don’t plan on camping. Camping is not allowed at Lincoln Lake.

Shaddox Hollow Trail

Hobbes State Park boasts plenty of great hiking trails, but Shaddox Hollow Trail may be the best trail to introduce your family to more difficult hiking. This 1.4-mile loop is for the most part easy, with some more difficult climbs and descents. Of course, the short length of the trail means that even though sections of the trail are considered strenuous, it remains manageable for children older than 5. There’s plenty to see along the hike including rock formations and a view of Beaver Lake. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

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