If your pup is craving an adventure, then it’s time to hike Yellow Rock Trail. This puptastic hike is located in Devil’s Den State Park in beautiful northwest Arkansas. Don’t let the park’s name fool you, this trail is definitely not menacing, but it’s a great way to exercise your pup while enjoying the pawsome Ozark Mountains.
Let your pup be the guide as you venture into the forest and past some large rock formations. Shortly after beginning the trail, you will run into some switchbacks. Push through the leg burn and make it to the top where you’ll be rewarded with furrific views. About half a mile into the hike, the trail splits. Since it is a loop, you can hike in either direction. Continue hiking through the hickory and oak until you come to the trail’s namesake, the Yellow Rock. Your doggo will be more than impressed with this massive bluff that sits about 300 feet above the Lee Creek Valley. Soak in the views and snap a photo with your pooch before moving on.
The trail moves further up hill and through the woods. There are a couple stream crossings, which will make your pup’s tail wag, and some wooden bridges. At the next fork, you can either keep on the main trail or follow a short spur trail to the Civilian Conservation Corps Overlook. Finally, the last section of the loop runs along a ridgeline and provides even more pawsome views.
Restrooms are located in the Visitors Center, which is
open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., except during the summer when it stays
open until 8:00 p.m. Since the hike has a bit of a climb, make sure your water
bottles are full to the brim before heading out. Above all else, have a
woofderful time in the woods with your furry BFF!