Fossil Flats Trail (DDSP)

Hiking

Dogs Yes

Mountain Biking

Fall Foliage

5 (miles)

 Moderate

Loop

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Arkansas

Fossil Flats Trail is a moderate hiking trail in Devil's Den State Park near Fayetteville Arkansas. This trail is like a walking paleontology lesson. The trail follows a flat creek bed that has many visible fossils exposed. Hikers will also see remnants of the CCC and early settlers as they meander through thick forest with massive rock formations. The trail is family friendly hike and is also dog friendly, but your furry friends must be on leash. Camping is available in Devil’s Den State Park.

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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