Park Hours:

Visitor Center Open All Year:
Jan. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

With the following exceptions:
May 25 - Aug. 11 Sun. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
April, May, Aug. 12-31, Fri. & Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Summit Park Trail (National Recreation Trail)

This loop trail begins at a point on the northwest side of the mountaintop. Named for the Summit Park Hotel, built near the trailhead in 1889, it meanders down to Fern Lake along the same path that it has taken since it was first used by guests of the famous hotel. The Civilian Conservation Corps improved the trail with beautiful native rock work in the 1930s. This trail intersects with the park's Bench Trail near Fern Lake. A self-guided trail brochure can be obtained at the park visitor center.

Length: 1.6 miles
Approximate time for trail completion - 2 hours

Difficulty: Moderate - Strenuous

Trail Type:

Hiking Trail

For Information:
Park Superintendent, 16728 West State Highway 155, Dardanelle, AR, 72834, 479-229-3655

Trail Start

GPS Coordinates: 35.2269 -93.256867

7 miles west of Dardanelle on Hwy. 155

See nearby trails:

Rim Trail :: 0.13 miles away.
Nebo Springs/Nebo Steps Trail :: 0.13 miles away.
Bench Trail :: 0.45 miles away.

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Trail Visitor Reviews

To ensure you enjoy your state park experience, be aware of the natural world. There are some areas which are potentially hazardous to all visitors. Since it is impractical to post signs at all danger points, use caution when approaching such areas as cliffs, caves, heavily wooded areas, swamps, streams, and lakes. Adults are responsible for children in their care. If unsure about possible hazards, check at the visitor center.

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