Submitted by:Prospect

Devil's Den State Park


11333 West Arkansas Highway 74
West Fork, AR 72774

http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/devilsden/


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Green Area Cleanliness : Typical
Congestion : Effort minimizes contact with others
Wildlife Alert : If doubt, stay on leash
Walking / Hiking Terrain : Frequent Steep Inclines
Walking / Hiking Surface : Rocky & Rough

Devil's Den State Park offers the traveling outdoor dog lots of hiking options with many scenic views.  The 3 trails we hiked were all more rugged than the casual, out-for-an-afternoon walker would prefer; but, if you're wanting to enjoy nature, picturesque vistas, and aren't afraid of a few loose rocks or wet feet Devil's Den State Park is your dog spot.

 

We got lucky with a campsite in Area A along Lee Creek.  Our spot was conveniently located within a short walk to trailheads for the Lee Creek Trail, Yellow Rock Trail, and Devil's Den Trails.

 

With the exception of the Yellow Rock Trail we're certain our mapping of the trails is off.  As hard as we tried to follow the official trails, we often found ourselves wandering the wrong way due to worn "off-trail" paths, confusing signage often and imprecise (not unusual of state parks) hiking maps from the visitor center.

 

Lee Creek Trail is Arkansas' only designated creek trail.  The creek bed itself is half the loop trail.  We did not wade the creek.  See the Trails and Points tabs for more details.

 

We arrived about 5pm on Monday and after securing our campsite, ventured out onto the Lee Creek Trail.  We woke up at dawn the next morning and hiked (as best we could follow) the Devil's Den Trail.  After an hours rest, we then hiked up the Yellow Rock Trail.  While the Devil's Den Trail was more rugged the Yellow Rock Trail had longer ascending inclines.  From Yellow Rock we got the best view of the surrounding countryside.

Prospect's SignatureVisited March 21-22, 2011

Devil's Den State Park


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Devil's Den State Park


Lee Creek Trail

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Immediately after leaving Camping Area A, we were reminded this was a "creek" trail.  The creek crossing was across loosely stacked stones with water running over.  This crossing is not for dogs without good balance or don't like to get wet / swim. Immediately past the water crossing was a long stretch of muck and mire. Then it was up hill for a few hundred feet on solid slate which would be very slippery when wet. We walked (and mapped) the trail until we returned to Lee Creek and the creek bed becomes the trail.

Yellow Rock Trail

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The most scenic of the trails we hiked.  The unusually straight portion south of Yellow Rock is  because The Chauffeur let the GPS batteries go dead and did not notice right away.  I was getting to be a tired dog so we didn't rehike to get accurate GPS along that portion.  At the southwest end of the loop is a spur we did not hike that runs southwest to Hwy 170 and another scenic overlook.

Devil's Den Trail

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Rugged trail with unique geological features.  The park's most popular trail and worth the hike.  To avoid the crowds we were up and hiking at daybreak.

Devi's Den Trail Spur

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This spur follows a large fault / crack in the hill.  Towards the top of the hill this trail becomes very rough.

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Lee Creek Water Crossing


When hiking the Lee Creek Trail be prepared for wet feet.  The rocks stacked across the creek help keep your paws drier but they are loosely stacked so good agility and sense of balance will help.

End of Lee Creek Trail


Here the trail loops back and the creek bed becomes the trail.

Yellow Rock Trailhead


The trailhead is located along the road to Camping Area A.  Several parking spots available nearby for visitors not camping.

Yellow Rock Scenic View


This scenic overlook was the highlight of our visit.  We almost didn't hike up to Yellow Rock but now cannot imagine our visit without the experience.

Southwest Spur


Here the hiking dog has the option to continue along a path to another Scenic Overlook near Hwy 170.  I was getting tired so we headed back to camp.

Devil's Den Trailhead


Several parking spots available at trailhead.

Rocky Path and Cliff Cave


The Devil's Den Trail contains many rocks in the path and many unique, interesting rock formations.

Twin Falls


This is one of the neatest waterfalls we have seen.  The Chauffeur's photographic talents does not do it justice.

Large Fissure


This trail spur follows a large fissure in the hill.  At points you can feel cool air coming from undergroound.  The walk up the (at times) steep incline and rugged ground was well reward with interesting rock formations along the deep fissure.

Devil's Den State Park


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