Miles and Miles to Explore
Fairfield Bay has miles of Trails to explore, with many different types and options. Beginner to Novice will find a piece of Fairfield Bay’s beauty to love time and time again. From a simple wilderness connector trail, to traversing around a thousand year old bolder, to 5-mile mountain bike sanctuaries and even our famous Sugar Loaf Mountain island trail. There’s truly something for every type of adventure and ability.
Scattered around the city and with many close to parks, golf courses and dining, these trails remind us daily of the natural beauty that is part of life in The Bay. Easy to Moderate in nature, these shorter trails are perfect for simple family outings or a short respite from a busy day.
Indian Rock Cave Trail
A must see landmark is on this fun, easy trail — Indian Rock House, where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto visited the Indians in 1542 while seeking the Fountain of youth. The path continues along the Indian Hills Golf Course, rising and returning along beautiful bluffs. 3/4 mile; Moderate Trail. The Indian Rock Cave Trail is a ¾-mile-long trail that is family friendly and offers an incredible glimpse of history, too! Starting at the foot of the Old Log Cabin and Museum is where you pick up the trail. But before you begin, look for the bell for a fun ring-a-ding-ding!
Follow the wooden stairs to the legendary historic Indian Rock House – a huge natural structure that served as a tribal meeting place as far back as 1000 BC. It was where de Soto met with Native Americans in 1542 when searching for the Fountain of Youth. Look for petroglyphs, and imagine living in the shelter of this natural wonder. On the National Historic Registry. The cave has been the setting for modern day weddings and a golf cart drive-in movie during summer! We’re sure the trail will beckon, so follow it as it meanders among incredible rock formations with the bluff on one side and beautiful Indian Hills Golf Course on the other. The trail continues around some incredible rock formations with lots of nooks and crannies for youngsters and young at heart to create their own adventures. It come back around close to where you started.
Rambling Cove Trail
Starting at the big Razorback shaped rock, this trail is fairly flat then slopes down to the shores of beautiful Greers Ferry lake. 1/2 mile; Moderate Trail. Rambling Cove Trail (takes you to the Marina) is not to be missed. Feeling energetic? At the trailhead, look for a big rock shaped like a Razorback, painted too! If you feel inspired? “Call the Hogs” to start your hike! The trail is fairly flat then steepens somewhat to its end with a beautiful scenic view of Fairfield Bay’s Marina – a lovely little cove on Greers Ferry Lake. While you’re there, consider renting a boat for a lovely lake excursion, or simply relax on shore to take in the views while you enjoy a picnic lunch. Save some energy for the trip back! The Rambling Cove 1/4 mile loop trail has been paved and is an excellent trail for walking, jogging or running. This look with also include the latest in exercise stations along the trail – ActionFit. This loop will also include the latest in exercise stations along the trail, another great addition to a vibrant growing community.
Indian Falls Trail
Running along the rim of Wild Horse Canyon. The rock formations and two waterfalls make this a serenely peaceful hike. 8/10 mile; Moderate Trail. A quick, easy scamper, the Indian Falls Trail is just under a mile in length with a beautiful path along the rim of Wild Horse Canyon. Two rock formations and two waterfalls provide a perfect adventure to start your day. A bench can be your respite while the kiddos explore nearby.
Woodland Mead Park Trail
Starting at the beautiful amphitheater sidewalk in Woodland Mead Park, this beautiful trail meanders through the woods
, traversing natural rock formations, soft pines and ferns to connect with the gardens of Ed Leamon Park. 1/4 mile; Easy Trail. Looking for a saunter with a favorite friend after lunch? Finished with mini-golf and want to check out the gardens in the park right next door? The Woodland Mead Trail is only a ¼ mile in length but as soon as you enter this woodland paradise, you quickly feel you’re in the middle of a forest. Sprays of sunshine cast light on the paved trail that winds through sturdy oaks and stunning rock formations. The NEW 9 hole disk golf course crosses the trail at several points as well. And just as you’re beginning to get lost in thought, you arrive at beautiful Ed Leamon Park and Gardens. You can continue your walk another ¼ mile through the resurfaced Ed Leamon Park trail and enjoy the gardens and waterfall. Park benches along the way for rest and garden viewing.
Ed Leamon Garden Trail
A gardener’s delight, this little oasis in the middle of town is home to rose gardens, butterfly gardens and even the elusive fairy gardens! Developed by Fairfield Bay’s master gardeners, one can wander or sit in the shade trees and enjoy this garden oasis.
A little further from home city center resides some longer, more adventurous trails. More than 100 miles of beautiful roads and primitive mountain biking trails are being cultivated, developed and mapped for broader use.
The Lakewood Trail is 5 miles long and can be a bit challenging with changing elevations along the route. The trailhead is located directly across from the United Methodist Church on Dave Creek Parkway. To get to the waterfalls from the Lakewood trail head, turn right onto Dave Creek Parkway and then make an immediate right onto West Cliff. Go down the mountain and turn right just before the gates onto West Cliff Spur. The trailhead is on the right.
Mountain Ranch Trail
The Mountain Ranch Trail is 5 miles as well and the easiest to hike or bike. Great for beginners and novices alike. This trail is more level with some creeks (two are very wide) and beautiful rock formations. The trailhead is located in the Mountain Ranch subdivision of Fairfield Bay, off Maddox drive on Alpine Rd.
Future Trails to Come…
Phase I is now complete! Formally named, Lakewood Mountain Bike and Hiking Trail is approximately 5 miles long, challenging and changes elevation numerous times. The trailhead is located directly across from the United Methodist Church on Dave Creek Parkway. The Community Club Utilities Department placed directional arrows along the trail. Trail maps are available at entry signage. The four trails vary in difficulty. Phase II, a 20-mile trail, is the most difficult section, with several significant elevation changes and is set to be flagged in the near future. Phase III trail is 5 miles as well and said to being the easiest and good for beginners. Currently completed with line-of-sight flags, this trail is more level with some creeks (two are very wide) and beautiful rock formations. Phase IV will be the horseback riding trail, but can also be hiked and ridden if you don’t mind sharing the trail. It has been marked with white flagging, but the trailhead and directional signs have not been set.
Many thanks to Debbi Brawley, John Conry, the Community Club Board of Directors, the City of Fairfield Bay and all the many people who were instrumental in making these trails a reality. Trails are free to the public and maps will be available at the trail heads entry signs. For further information on the new trail system, visit: www.thebaytrails.com.
There are a few historic hiking trails in Fairfield Bay, but there’s nothing quite like the total experience you take in when deciding to hike Sugar Loaf Mountain. It’s one of the nations first historic scenic trails. So you’ll be literally blazing down a path that’s a piece of history. The rocks forming the mountain are more than 300 million years old.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Trail
There are a few historic hiking trails in Fairfield Bay, but there’s nothing quite like the total experience you take in when deciding to hike Sugar Loaf Mountain. First – It’s one of the nations first historic scenic trails. So you’ll be literally blazing down a path that’s a piece of history. The rocks forming the mountain are more than 300 million years old. There are two trails you can explore:
- The Terrace Trail – from the base of the shore and climbs up to the bluff line and goes around the island, 1.6 miles round trip
- The Mule Trail – from the terrace trail, it climbs to the top and bisects the level dome of the mountain, .5 miles across the dome.
The Pinnacle of the Mountain
The mile hike up the mountain is completely worth the effort. When you reach the top, you’ll see the panoramic views of the expansive Greers Ferry Lake in all its splendor. Second – It’s more than just a hike; part of the adventure is getting out to the Island! Catch the Sugarloaf Shuttle across Greers Ferry Lake. Just a short, scenic cruise to the base of the mountain and you’re off. There’s an even more adventurous route: rent a few kayaks and paddle out to the dock at the mountain (about 1.5 miles across open water, so it is a working adventure!). At the water’s edge, where the trail begins, is a courtesy dock. In this same area, a large information sign provides a map of the trail. From this point, you can walk leisurely along the winding path. Numerous rest stops along the trail allow you to set your own pace while enjoying the panoramic view.
For a quick story of one couple’s adventure, read on as Joe and Lisa (ArkansasOutside.com) share with you their fun day at Fairfield Bay, click here…