Devil's Den Trail - Devil's Den State Park

West Fork, AR
Length: 1.30 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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Den Trail is a 1.3-mile loop that offers varying terrain of dirt and stones and a different gradient throughout on stone stairs. Even as short as the hike is, the trail offers beautiful scenery with caves, moss-covered rock formations, waterfalls and an unforgettable magical experience in the dry riverbed. The trail takes you past caves that are no longer open to the public to protect the bats that inhabit the area. But if you stand in front of the crevices, you can feel the sudden burst of cool air that flows through the rock formations and cave openings. On a hot and humid Arkansas summer day, this is a welcome treat. While most of the trail is safe, parents need to stay in front of littles and watch for drop-offs. There are bridge crossings that pass by moss-covered rocks where gentle waterfalls cascade down into the creek below during the rainy season.

Dogs are allowed on the trail, but keep them on a leash for their safety.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 157 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Creek / River, Fishing, Lake, Picnic Area, Playground, Shaded Hike, and Waterfall

Once you reach the creek, you’ll spot all the cairns that have been built by previous hikers in the dry riverbed.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There are two trailheads. If you enter from the Welcome Center, head right when you reach the fork. If you come in from the main trailhead parking lot, at the fork, take a left. Going right will take you out to the Welcome Center and cost you some hiking time.

Trail Contributor

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Vong lives in the Central Midwest and attempts adulting with her husband to raise three energetic Munchkin-sized power houses. She’s a hiking enthusiast and grammar geek.


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