Butterfield Trail (DDSP)

  • Waterfall in Devil's Den State Park, Arkansas.

Hiking

Dogs Yes

Mountain Biking

Equestrians

Waterfall

Fall Foliage

15 (miles)

 Difficult

Loop

 (Elev. Δ - ft)

Arkansas

The Butterfield Trail is a difficult hiking trail in Devil's Den State Park near Fayetteville Arkansas that features incredible scenery. The trailhead is located near the park’s pavilion. From there hikers will cross highway on their way towards Mount Olive. Along the way hikers expect spectacular vistas of Blackburn Creek, Vista Point and stunning rock formations and waterfalls. This is one of the few looped backpacking trails in Arkansas and one of the best hikes in all of Arkansas. If you plan on backpacking, you must obtain a free permit at the park office. This trail is dog friendly, but your pup must be on leash. If you are day hiking, Devil’s Den State Park has campground. Also, portions of this trail are equestrian and mountain biker friendly.

History

Devil’s Den State Park has a rich and colorful history. From a geological perspective, the park protects the largest sandstone crevice area in the United States and is littered with sandstone caves, ravines and rugged bluffs. The rugged terrain was used by local Confederate guerrillas to hide leading up to and during the Civil War after raids on Union Army supply lines. From the Butterfield Hiking Trail the remnants of the town of Anna can be seen. It was destroyed by a flood in 1893. Today, all that remains of the town is a cemetery and some old foundation. During the Great Depression the Lee Creek Valley was chosen as a great site for a state park. FDR’s New Deal brought in the Civilian Conservation Corps and construction began in 1933. Today, Devil’s Den State Park is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the best preserved CCC projects sites in the United States.

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Free Backpacking Permit, Campground Fees
Contact: Devil's Den State Park 11333 West Hwy. 74 West Fork, AR. 72774

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