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Little Rock: Hemmed-In-Hollow Falls via Buffalo National River

Paddle the Buffalo National River into a narrow valley pinched by steep rock walls, then hike up to the largest waterfall in the Midwest on this 9.9-mile trip.

Little Rock, AR: White Rock-Shores Lake Loop

Embark on an 11.8-mile loop into the Ozark Mountains with haunted hollows and undulating ridgelines bearded in oak and rare views of the Arkansas Valley. Best hiked in fall or spring.

Hot Springs National Park: Sunset Trail Loop

Traverse the secluded ridgelines of the “Valley of Vapors” on this 12.4-mile loop through America’s oldest National Park Service site.

Tulsa: Reading-Spy Rock Loop

Solitude is easy to find in the Ozarks, and this 6.6-mile loop is no exception. Tackle this hike, which features forest, river, and bluff views in one day or camp out for the weekend.

Springfield: Little Clifty Creek Loop

Follow rolling hills and ridgelines into the forested hollows of the Ozarks on this 8.4-mile loop in Hobbs State Park–Conservation Area.

Little Rock: Buffalo River Trail

This moderate 13.7-mile one-way hike hugs America’s first designated National River as it winds past limestone bluffs and grassy Ozark hollows.

Little Rock: Buffalo River Trail

Traverse massive limestone bluffs and deep, secluded hollows on this 14.3-mile weekend in the Ozark Highlands along the Buffalo National River.

Little Rock: Little Missouri Trail

Spend some quality time down by a shady river pinched between two mountain ranges on this 7-mile out-and-back in Ouachita National Forest.

Little Rock: Mount Magazine

Tackle the highest point in Arkansas on this 20-mile out-and-back that draws all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts—hikers, climbers, even hang gliders.

Tulsa: Ozark Cherry Bend to Hare Mountain

Jump onto the Ozark Highlands Trail for a quiet 7.4-mile route that serves up mountain hollows,lush hardwoods, and a glimpse into settlers’ lives.

Little Rock: Pinnacle Mountain

Tough day at work? Reenergize yourself on this quick but steep 2.5-mile hike or trail run to the top of the city’s landmark peak.

Fort Smith, AR: Kiamichi River via Ouachita Trail

Explore an ancient eastern mountain range on this section of the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.

Fayetteville, AR: Indian Creek

A hidden treasure just off the Buffalo National River, Indian Creek’s mossy waterfalls and karst canyon are best explored after heavy rains.

Little Rock, AR: Black Fork Mountain

Hike, camp, and tag a summit with shutterbug views on this 11.4-miler in the Ouachita Mountains and the Black Fork Mountain Wilderness.

Fayetteville, AR: Steel Creek

Beat the heat with a soak in a secret swimming hole.

Ouachita National Forest, AR: Eagle Rock Loop

Combining rugged hill climbs through pine and hardwood, with a leisurely stroll along the Little Missouri River, this 26.4-mile loop may be the best in the Ouachita Mountains.

Ouachita National Forest: Little Missouri Trail

This 8-mile stroll through the Winding Stair area offers dayhikers some of the most scenic viewpoints in the Ouachita Mountains.

Mena, AR: Buckeye – Caney Creek Loop

This 9.9-mile loop has it all: pine forests, hardwood forests, and beautiful views from hillside vistas.

Mena, AR: Buckeye Mountain To Caney Creek Loop

Slicing through the southwest reaches of Arkansas’ picturesque ridge country, this 10-mile loop climbs to Buckeye Mountain before tracing the meandering Caney Creek.

Little Rock, AR: Little Blakely Trail

Hike through old-growth forest to ridgetop views of Arkansas’s largest lake.

Fayetteville, AR: Buffalo River Trail

Explore 19th-century Ozark graveyards.

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Little Rock, AR: White Rock-Shores Lake Loop

Embark on an 11.8-mile loop into the Ozark Mountains with haunted hollows and undulating ridgelines bearded in oak and rare views of the Arkansas Valley. Best hiked in fall or spring.

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Tulsa: Reading-Spy Rock Loop

Solitude is easy to find in the Ozarks, and this 6.6-mile loop is no exception. Tackle this hike, which features forest, river, and bluff views in one day or camp out for the weekend.

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Little Rock: Buffalo River Trail

This moderate 13.7-mile one-way hike hugs America’s first designated National River as it winds past limestone bluffs and grassy Ozark hollows.

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Little Rock: Buffalo River Trail

Traverse massive limestone bluffs and deep, secluded hollows on this 14.3-mile weekend in the Ozark Highlands along the Buffalo National River.

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Little Rock: Little Missouri Trail

Spend some quality time down by a shady river pinched between two mountain ranges on this 7-mile out-and-back in Ouachita National Forest.

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Little Rock: Mount Magazine

Tackle the highest point in Arkansas on this 20-mile out-and-back that draws all sorts of outdoor enthusiasts—hikers, climbers, even hang gliders.

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Little Rock: Pinnacle Mountain

Tough day at work? Reenergize yourself on this quick but steep 2.5-mile hike or trail run to the top of the city’s landmark peak.

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