HIKING & BIKING
There are miles and miles of trails to explore!
Get your adrenaline flowing on the Epic-rated Syllamo Mountain Bike Trails, or take the family on a hike around Mirror Lake to see the Old Mill and Mirror Lake Waterfall. With hundreds of miles of singletrack in the Ozarks you'll find plenty of reasons to get your hiking boots on. Whether you need an easy hike with the kids or you want a technical all day trail run, there's a trailhead waiting for you.
"We spent 3 nights at the Hiker Hut and it did not disappoint. We explored trails right out the front door and also spent a lot of time on the Sylamore Trails. At night we'd come back and cook on the grill and build a campfire in the fire pit. It was an awesome adventure weekend! We will definitely be back"
~Joey, Hiker Hut
WHERE TO RUN, HIKE & MOUNTAIN BIKE
Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail
The Syllamo Mountain Bike Trail is a series of interconnecting loops offering the mountain bike enthusiast 50 miles of trail, much of it single-track. The various loops can be accessed from four different trailheads as well as Blanchard Springs Recreation Area and Campground. Three trailheads are on Green Mountain Road; the fourth is on AR Highway 5 North. Several parts of the trails have a variety of difficulty - stretches that are pleasant for a beginner, then stretches where a beginner would be wise to walk a bike. Trails are marked with various color blazes on brown fiberglass posts.
Mirror Lake Hiking Trail
The trail around Mirror Lake is a good option for kids and for those looking for a less strenuous hike. This flat and lightly trafficked 1.3 mile loop follows the banks of Mirror Lake with a great view of the dam and Mirror Lake Waterfall as well as the ruins of The Old Mill just below the falls. In the same area there is a short paved and accessible walkway to a gorgeous waterfall that flows from Blanchard Springs Caverns. Follow GPS to Blanchard Springs and follow the directional signs to Mirror Lake on the right.
White River Bluff Hiking Trail
The White River Bluff Trail is a moderately difficult lightly traveled 4.1 mile loop with big views of the White River. Just off Green Mountain Road near Angler's and JoJo's off Hwy 5, you'll park in the trailhead parking lot and take the "green" loop. There are multiple trailheads from this lot. The GREEN loop you'll use to reach the bluff views is in the corner nearest Green Mtn. Rd. Look for trail markers.
Devil's Knob Hiking Trail
This is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Melbourne, Arkansas that features beautiful scenic singletrack that opens up to sweeping views of the Ozark Mountains. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
North Sylamore Hiking Trail
The North Sylamore Trail is a 22 mile point to point hike broken down in sections by campgrounds and other access points. This trail closely follows scenic Sylamore Creek, except when ascending ridges and limestone bluffs for memorable vistas of rugged Ozarks hills and hollows. Spring is emerald green with dogwoods, wildflowers and mayapples; autumn colors are spectacular, winter snow and icicles along Sylamore Creek are picturesque. Sylamore Creek is clear as glass, with gravel bottom and blue pools. Each section is unique. One of my favorite sections is the trail from Blanchard Springs to Gunner Pool! Just take the entrance to Blanchard, follow the road all the way til you see the creek, and park in the lot to the left by the large pavilion. The trailhead is behind the bathrooms next to it.
Steele Falls Hiking Trail
Steele Falls Trail is a 2.5 mile out and back trail that follows an abandoned forest service road to West Livingston creek, crosses the creek and heads up the ravine to the 60 ft. tall waterfall that is fed by three springs. Getting to it is tricky, as it's not well marked. See the directions in this link. You'll be looking for a gate with a white sign with a big letter A on a tree. Trust me, it's worth it.