Posted by Jessie K / Friday, September 18, 2015 / 1 Comment / Arkansas , Beaver Lake , Garfield , Hiking , Kid Friendly
Bench Rock Nature Trail in Garfield, AR
The Bench Rock Nature Trail in Garfield, AR is a 1.3 mile out-and-back trail that really doesn't boast any spectacular features, but it does have pretty views of Beaver Lake, blufflines, big boulders, a neat climbing tree, and a historical indian cave. Overall, it's a neat little trail.
Bench Rock is rated easy/moderate, but the trail along the bluffs is pretty narrow following the first half of the trail. My husband and I held our boys (7 & 4) hand's, but I was a bit of a nervous wreck and honestly I wouldn't take them along this part of the trail again until they were older. However, the 2nd half of the trail goes through the woods at the bottom of the bluffs and this part is where you'll find a really cool climbing tree and a historical indian bluff shelter. So, for an adult the whole trail isn't that difficult, but if you have kids and you don't want to take them along the blufflines you could just take a left at the beginning of the trailhead and do the 2nd half only.
(Trail location at the bottom of post)
Trail Location: This trail is located 17 miles north of Rogers on U.S. 62, then south on Indian Creek Park Road for 5 1/2 miles