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Butterfield Trail at Devil’s Den State Park in Northwest, AR – A Great Hiking Trail


The Butterfield Trail at Devil’s Den State Park is one of the best trails in Arkansas for new hikers and a treat for those more experienced as well. Mileage on the trail ranges between 15-17 miles depending on who you talk to and how it is measured. The trail loops through the State Park and the bulk of it is very quiet, full of solitude following rivers, ridges, bluffs, rock formations and more.

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Featured Trail: Redding Spy Rock Loop Ozark Mountains Arkansas

Photo from http://arklahomahiker.org/

This 8.5-mile loop trail is located 18 miles north of Ozark, off Arkansas Highway 23 and was featured in Backpacker Magazine, so I am told, some years back. You will get a beautiful drive through the Ozarks on your way to the trail head at the Redding Campground. The trail itself is just a little over 6 miles but there is a side trail you will not want to miss that will take you to Spy Rock.

I did this one early October and there was still a lot of greenery on the trail but there are likely benefits to hiking it in any season. I could see fall and winter making a nice time to hike during leaf off and especially after a good rain as there was a lot of potential for waterfalls when I was there. The campground itself does not have any services except toilets that I noticed. The trail is somewhat maintained but I would bring a map (see link below) to be safe as the markers were a bit dated and faded and I had a hard time locating them once the sun started to set. (more…)