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Southern Loop

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This spooky route is short, making it perfect for a quick hike.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

1,451' 442 m

High

1,316' 401 m

Low

134' 41 m

Up

154' 47 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

The foot that hangs outside the covers. Closed eyes in front of bathroom mirrors in the dark. The hair that stands up on the back of your neck. This is that trail. Technical? Yes. Beauty? Sure, it’s definitely there. But there is something else too.

You'll notice the creepiness nearing as the blaze seemingly zigs and zags back and forth through the pines for no reason, like the trail is purposely trying to shake you off. The feeling heightens as you pass the fallen ice trees and the tiny wood bridge at the moist bottom of the slope.

Off in the distance, you'll spy a short tin roof shack. DO NOT STEP OFF TRAIL TO INVESTIGATE. You've seen the movie. It is best to pick up your pace as it is mostly uphill from here. Do not be alarmed when you hear crashing in the woods, or when random rocks rebound off the trees behind you. Simply pick up the pace and you'll be fine. DO NOT TURN AROUND. Keep hiking.

After you cross the scenic byway for the second time, you have a choice: abort the hike and sprint on the road half a mile to your parked car at the visitor center or continue the trail on the other side. Hint: There have been no sightings of the North American Yeti east of Ward Lake. Note: Do not hike this on Friday the 13th or during the deer rut. The bucks on this loop get rather aggressive. Just hike long and hike wild.

Flora & Fauna

Buck and doe are present and can be aggressive during rut season. No Yeti have been spotted on this section of trail.

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This dirt road leads to the Ward Dam. The gate closes at random times, so you can be trapped if you drive here.
Feb 27, 2017 near Mena, AR
A spooky shack hides amongst the hardwoods on Earthquake Ridge.
Jan 11, 2017 near Mena, AR
Make a left when you see this sign.
Feb 27, 2017 near Mena, AR
From the visitor's parking, head north to a sign at the mountain biking trailhead. Go right when you see this sign. Go left when the trail forks shortly after.
Jan 5, 2017 near Mena, AR
The forests in this area are rife with hardwoods.
Jan 11, 2017 near Mena, AR
The Southern Trail Bridge is a sturdy piece of construction.
Jan 11, 2017 near Mena, AR

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