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Blowing Springs Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (11)

A nice loop for a family friendly hike.


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4.0

Miles

6.5

KM

Loop

1,205' 367 m

High

1,016' 310 m

Low

374' 114 m

Up

380' 116 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Cave · Views

Family Friendly The trails here are great for hiking and there are caves to explore. A large pavilion provides covered tables, and several picnic tables are available near the spring.

Description

Blowing Springs Loop is not very technical and offers a nice loop through the park and offers some nice overlooks.

Start at the front lot on the right before you reach the RV Park gatehouse. Near the kiosk, between the large rocks, hike up the hill. Follow the signs that say Blowing Springs Loop. The hike begins with a gradual climb then the first two miles roll through the trees. When there’s a choice for left or right, stay right.

The trail rolls up and down a few hills, and as the trail heads back up the hill, it runs next to large, moss-covered boulders near the top. Continue along the singletrack and end up at a kiosk, beyond which the trail leads into the woods again. This starts the longest climb in the Blowing Springs system, but it never gets very steep. The hiker is rewarded with a long descent back down to flat rocks that stay wet and slippery longer than the rest of the trail.

A shorter climb and a descent ends with a curve to the right that offers some exposure, and views to the left when the leaves are off. A rocky trail with roots leads to the highest point on the trail, lined with old cedar trees.

From that highest point, the trail goes downhill and sharp switchbacks finish the loop back at the parking lot.

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Shared By:

Mark Williams

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  4.7 from 11 votes

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Blowing Springs Loop - low ride creek
Mar 29, 2020 near Bella V…, AR
Trailhead - blowing springs loop/low ride
Mar 29, 2020 near Bella V…, AR

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Nov 1, 2020
Atsuko Ohtake
Sep 7, 2020
Jamie Walton
Great hike. Leg hurt 3.9mi
Feb 8, 2020
Chris Jones
4mi
Sep 29, 2019
Molly Caudill
4mi — 1h 35m
Apr 8, 2019
Sandra Armstrong
Was a leisurely hike, so didn't push for a faster hike. Gorgeous day!. Trail was a little muddy in some spots, but no problem walking around mud 4mi — 1h 30m
Dec 1, 2018
Boyd Shepherd
3.9mi
Oct 16, 2018
Dp Mn
Abbey had a big time meltdown, crying screaming but we still had fun
Oct 16, 2018
C P
Second family hike in Arkansas...Abbey was crabby the WHOLE hike—family still had fun, Dad had Abbey walk across a bridge to symbolically move on :)