Bench Rock Nature Trail /Indian Creek Park
This trail requires about an hour of leisurely walking. The trail is approximately 1.4 miles in length, and is steep and narrow at points and provides a nice vantage point of the lake. The trail begins right before the gatehouse at Indian Creek Park, climbs over a bench rock and provides an excellent view of the lake. About ½ of the trail leads you along the top of a bluff, providing a panoramic view of Beaver Lake. This type of overhanging bluff was a typical shelter of primitive Indians. The trail is extremely narrow and steep at some points. Small children should be closely monitored by adults on this trail. This trail is rated moderate in difficulty.
Fishtrap Nature Trail/Lost Bridge South
This trail requires about 30 minutes walking time and is about 1/3 mile in length. It extends a short distance uphill to a level bench on the hillside leading to a long overhanging bluff. The bluff is typical of the many such shelters of prehistoric bluff-dwelling Indian Tribes. This trail is rated as moderate in difficulty.This trail requires about 30 minutes walking time and is about 1/3 mile in length. It extends a short distance uphill to a level bench on the hillside leading to a long overhanging bluff. The bluff is typical of the many such shelters of prehistoric bluff-dwelling Indian Tribes. This trail is rated as moderate in difficulty.
Lost Bridge Hiking Trail/Lost Bridge North
This trail winds about 6 miles through a heavily wooded area with an abundance of scenic attractions, bluff overlooks, and sandstone-limestone outcroppings and takes about 4 1/2 hours. The trail passes rock bluffs that served as prehistoric shelters for native peoples. Slightly beyond the midpoint of the trail are the remains of the Old Schrader Homestead, with all the features marked by informational displays. The trail is relatively flat and easy to hike at a leisurely pace. This trail is rated as moderate in difficulty.
Dogwood Trail/Dam Site Overlook
This trail is approximately 2 miles in length and is of relatively steep terrain. As the name suggests, flowering dogwood trees abound throughout the area. Spectacular overlooks, beautiful geographic features, and one of the largest bluff shelters found on Beaver Lake can be seen on this trail. The trail crosses the highway and reaches a rest point with a bench, then winds under bluffs before leading back to a trailhead. This trail is rated as moderate in difficulty.
Rimrock/Prairie Creek Park
The trail length is1.0 miles. The trail is fairly flat and provides a leisure hike that should last about 40 minutes. For about half its distance the trail follows along the base of a long, low limestone bluff. The many wildflowers and hardwood trees provide for a profusion of color in both summer and fall. The trail offers beautiful views of Beaver Lake’s open blue waters. This trail is a very easy walk.
Tranquil Timbers Trail/Horseshoe Bend Park
The trail length is 1/3 mile and flat. The trail winds through Shortleaf Pines. The trail is known for the abundance of deer and occasional wild turkey. This trail is a very easy walk.
Pine Ridge Trail/Rocky Branch Park
This trail is about 1.1 miles in length and relative flat. The trail begins directly behind the showers at Rocky Branch Park and follows a rugged but well marked path. The last segment follows a closed dirt road and ends at the trail-head. This trail offers an easy hike with very little incline.
Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail
This trail is located in the Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area which adjoins Beaver Lake. The trail length is 21 miles and is rated as moderate difficulty. There are 4 loops that make up the trail. Much of the trail follows ridge tops and ridge rims with intermittent wet conditions. For information, call the park for trail conditions and closings (479) 789-2380, or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Other trails at Hobbs are: Historic Van Winkle Trail, Pigeon Roost Trail, and Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail.
TIPS FOR HIKING
1-Do Not pick flowers, leaves, or plants, everything is protected.
2-Always carry a first-aid kit.
3-Know the venomous snakes and poisonous plants native to the region.
4-Take some extra water and snacks.
5-Let friends or family know your departure time and return time.