5 of the Best Hiking Spots in the Natural State

Sep 28, 2015, 08:34 AM by Discount Autoglass
As autumn approaches and leaves begin to change, the trees in Arkansas begin to burst with fall colors. If you have a car, there’s no reason not to enjoy the cooler temperatures and gorgeous landscape by driving to a scenic state park and hitting the trails. Here at Discount Auto Glass, we are proud to serve the Natural State. Our team settled on five incredible spots we think you’ll enjoy autumn in Arkansas at its fullest. The best part? They’re all within three hours of Little Rock.

Pinnacle MountainPinnacle Mountain State Park 
Drive time: In Little Rock

Located just outside west Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park is only a short drive from home for central Arkansans, and it provides trails for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and fitness levels. Walk the paved King Fisher Trail through the forest and along the Little Maumelle River, trek around the mountain on the Base Trail, meander down a section of the 223-mile Ouachita Trail, or make the hike up to the top of Pinnacle Mountain for stunning views.

Petit JeanPetit Jean State Park 
Drive time: 1 hour 11 minutes from Little Rock 

Located just outside Morrilton, Petit Jean State Park offers a range of trails and scenic lookout points ­– several that you can drive right up to or enjoy from the comfort of Mather Lodge. Whether you’re looking to hike to a breathtaking bluff, a beautiful waterfall ­­– or both – Petit Jean’s trails offer it all.

Flatside PinnacleFlatside Pinnacle 
Drive time: 1 hour 23 minutes from Little Rock 

A short but steep trail, Flatside Pinnacle provides one of most gorgeous views in the Ouachita National Forest. Located in a remote park, west of Little Rock, this trail is probably best left to those in decent shape who come well prepared with good hiking shoes, water and snacks.

Mount NeboMount Nebo State Park 
Drive time: 1 hour 28 minutes from Little Rock 

Mount Nebo State Park is located just outside of Russellville, and the entire park is perched right atop beautiful Mount Nebo. The gorgeous views begin as you drive to the top of the mountain, and don’t stop until you ascend back down. Once you reach the park, you’ll find a variety of trails at a range of distances, scenic lookout points in every direction, and plenty of cozy cabins and campsites ­– perfect for turning a day drive into a weekend retreat.

Hawksbill CragHawksbill Crag 

Drive time: 2 hours 51 minutes from Little Rock 

Named “the most photographed place in Arkansas,” Hawksbill Crag, also known as Whitaker Point, is home to one of the most famous views in the state – and if you visit, you’ll see why. Rolling hills throughout the magnificent Ozarks have kept hikers trekking to this spot for decades. About 3 miles round trip, the trail is not extremely difficult, but hikers should take caution along the steep bluffs and ledges.

With all the breathtaking scenery Arkansas has to offer this time of year, we hope you take advantage! Load up the car and driving out to one of these bucket list spots. If you encounter any cracks or chips in your windshield on any of these excursions, give your trusted Discount Auto Glass team a call at 501-377-9575. And remember, you can visit any of our central Arkansas locations. We’ll fix your auto glass efficiently and effectively so you can get back out on the road and on the trails.

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