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Best Hiking Trails near Eureka Springs

The Eureka Springs area has a number of excellent hiking trails for you to enjoy, especially near Lake Leatherwood and Beaver Lake. In this article, we've listed a few of our favorite nearby trails. For more information, give us a call. We look forward to meeting you!

Lake Leatherwood Loop

  • Location: Lake Leatherwood City Park
  • Length: 2.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance from us: 5.3 miles


Like the name implies, Lake Leatherwood Loop is loop around 85-acre Lake Leatherwood. This moderately difficult route offers great views of Lake Leatherwood and the surrounding areas. The trail runs past an old rock quarry and over a bridge that traverses Lake Leatherwood. Expect to encounter a variety of wildlife and wildflowers (if they're in season).

Lake Leatherwood Loop is open all year. It's a popular trails, so expect some company along the way. Dogs are welcome.

Black Bass Lake Trail

  • Location: Eureka Springs
  • Length: 1.8 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance from us: 1.8 miles


Black Bass Lake Trail is a short, easy loop, in a secluded area just a mile or so from downtown Eureka Springs. The trail runs along the Black Bass Lake's shoreline, passing by unique rock formations and small streams. A small stone dam, built in 1894, is also one of the trail's attractions. If it's rained recently, a waterfall will form near the dam.

Black Bass Lake Trail is popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and fishermen, so you'll probably have some company when you visit the trail. (If you're interested in fishing, the lake does has some black bass, as well as a large population of bluegill.) Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.

Dogwood Trail

  • Location: Beaver Lake
  • Length: 1.4 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance from us: 11.0 miles


Dogwood Trail (Dogwood Overlook Trail) is a short loop with a few steep sections, making it a moderately difficult hike. The trailhead is located at the Beaver Dam overlook, where you'll immediately have excellent views of Beaver Lake. Along the way, you'll pass one by of the largest rock overhangs in this part of Arkansas and small waterfalls. Depending on the season, dogwoods may be in bloom, adding to the beauty of this hike.

Note that the trail is not marked very well. Look for pink and yellow markers if you get confused. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed.

Eureka Springs Loop

  • Location: Lake Leatherwood City Park
  • Length: 2.7 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance from us:5.2 miles


Eureka Springs Loop (Eureka Springs Overlook Loop) is a relatively easy, 2.7-mile hike on the west side of Lake Leatherwood. The trail passes by a number of interesting rock formations covered with wildflowers (in season). The actual overlook is a bluff over Leatherwood Dam. You'll be able to see the dam when leaves have fallen. The trail does have some steep inclines, with a total elevation gain of around 350 feet.

Eureka Springs Loop is frequented by hikers and birdwatchers. Dogs are welcome in Lake Leatherwood City Park.

Miner's Rock

  • Location: Lake Leatherwood City Park
  • Length: 2.9 miles
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance from us: 5.2 miles


Miner's Rock is one of the best-known trails in Lake Leatherwood City Park. It's a moderately difficult, 2.9-mile loop, popular with hikers, runners, and birdwatchers. Along the trail, you'll see a number of sink holes and unusual layered rock formations, with Miner's Rock being the main attraction. Most of the rock along this trail is sandstone, rather than the more common limestone. If it's rained recently, you'll have to cross small streams along the way. You do have the option of finishing the loop by following a park road near the end of the trail.