Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Arkansas Outdoor Recreation

Spring Break is a great time to explore the trails in and around Eureka Springs. There are a number of hikes less than an hour’s drive from our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast; indeed, it takes 10 minutes to get to Lake Leatherwood from here, and 30 minutes to get to Hobbs State Park.

The hikes range from short walks on historic trails to long explores filled with spectacular views. Whatever your fitness and comfort level, you are sure to find a hike near Eureka Springs that feels just right.

Good hikes in and near Eureka Springs:

  • Lake Leatherwood, Eureka Springs. Situated on the western edge of town, this park has about 15 miles of trails. A trail 4-miles long circles the lake and is a great place to jog or enjoy a sunny day. Look for historic stone walls and bridges while venturing on the other trails that traverse this 1,600-acre park.
  • Historic Van Winkle Trail, Hobbs State Park. Walk 1.5 miles to the 19th Van Winkle lumber mill and home. Trail markers provide information about Peter Van Winkle. It’s a great way to get some exercise and learn something about the history of the area.
  • Shaddox Hollow Nature Trail, Hobbs State Park. 1.5 miles along a ridge and down into Shaddox Hollow. There are pretty limestone bluffs and plenty of plants native to the Ozarks. This hike isn’t long, but has some steep sections.
  • Pigeon Roost Trail, Hobbs State Park. There is a 4-mile loop and an 8.5-mile loop. Enjoy views of Beaver Lake from the ridge and keep an eye out for wild turkey.

Fuel your day hike with a sumptuous breakfast at our Eureka Springs Lodging. Soak in a private whirlpool for two once you return, then enjoy a refreshing drink on the porch overlooking our quiet yard.

Enjoy a day hike at Lake Leatherwood.