Summit Park Self-Guided Trail

photo: Mt. Nebo State Park Pavilion Historic Place. Photo by Valis55.

Type: Backcountry, Nature Trail
Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Mount Nebo State Park, 7 miles west of Dardenelle
State(s): Arkansas
Counties: Yell
Latitude: 35.227866
: -93.255593

7 mi. W of Dardenelle


One of the oldest trails in the State of Arkansas, the Summit Park Trail began as a footpath to Fern Lake, a recreation facility for hotel guests of the Summit Park Hotel. The path was later made into a more elaborate trail by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s and then restored and improved in 1976.

The trail begins near the site of the once famous Summit Park Hotel, a resort built in 1889 to accommodate 300 guests. Recreation activities offered to guests included bicycling, horseback riding, bowling, dancing, boating, and hiking. The Summit Park Trail is moderate to strenuous, and there are 12 historical points of interest along the trail.

After the hotel burned in 1918 there was little interest in Mount Nebo until it was made a State Park in 1928. Mount Nebo State Park is the second oldest in the Arkansas State Park System. It is about 1,800 feet above sea level and affords breathtaking views of the Arkansas River Valley.

Additional Details

Width: 36 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 1,350
Elevation High Point: 1,850
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Anthony Whittington
Mount Nebo State Park
16728 West State Highway 155
Dardanelle , AR 72834
(479) 229-3650



Mt. Nebo State Park Pavilion Historic Place. Photo by Valis55.

Mt. Nebo State Park Pavilion Historic Place. Photo by Valis55.


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