Fairfield Bay Trails

Thrilling Adventure Awaits at Fairfield Bay!

Mother and her little sons hiking trough forest.
A wooded trail during Summer.

Explore the Natural Beauty of Fairfield Bay

Embark on an unforgettable journey through Fairfield Bay’s captivating trails. With breathtaking scenery and well-maintained routes, our trails provide the perfect backdrop for outdoor adventures.

Whether you’re a local seeking new adventures or a tourist looking to immerse yourself in the beauty of The Bay, our diverse range of trails offers something for everyone. From serene woodland paths to adrenaline-pumping mountain bike sanctuaries, Fairfield Bay is the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

Hiking & Biking Trails in the Bay

Historic Island Trail

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 climb Sugar Loaf Mountain – Arkansas’ Only Mountain Island Trail.

Shuttle available from Fairfield Bay Marina.

A couple overlooking the lake from Sugarloaf Mountain.

Mule Trail

The Mule Trail has very steep steps, high bluffs, and difficult walking conditions, but you’ll be rewarded for your effort with spectacular panoramic views of Greers Ferry Lake. 

Terrace Trail

Starts from the base of the shore, climbs up to the bluff line, and goes around the island, 1.6 miles round trip.

Trails Around The City

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.

Indian Rock Cave Trail

This path leads to Indian Rock House, the largest bluff shelter in Arkansas. (Look for the petroglyphs.) The path continues along the Indian Hills Golf Course, rising and returning along beautiful bluffs and boulders.

A wooded trail during Summer.

Rambling Cove Trail

Starting at the big razorback-shaped rock, this trail is fairly flat and then slopes down to the shores of beautiful Greers Ferry Lake.  A scenic woodland trail with a small cove. Paved trail with ActionFit Exercise Equipment and Fairy Gardens along the way.

Indian Falls in the Summer time.

Indian Falls Trail

This beautiful trail runs along the rim of Wild Horse Canyon. The rock formations and two waterfalls make this a serenely peaceful hike.

A lush rock fountain with lots of greenery.

Woodland Mead Park Trail

Starting at the 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.

The Ed Leamon Garden with a gazebo and a pergola.

Ed Leamon Garden Trail

A gardener’s delight, this little oasis is home to rose gardens, butterfly gardens, and elusive fairy gardens! Developed by Van Buren Master Gardeners, wander or sit under the shade trees.

Two people hike a wooded trai.

Lost Creek Trail

Discover nature and a little history as you walk along the creek, traverse rocks, boulders, and small caves. Find the historic Thong Tree near halfway.


A person standing in the distance of a wooded trail.

Chris Matthews Memorial Trail

Dirt path loop off of the Chamber Trail.

Cobblestone Trail

This forest trail connects the Cobblestone Hotel and Woodland-Mead Park. It is suitable for hiking/mountain biking with just a few rocky sections.

Chamber Trail

Generally considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 48 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and mountain biking. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.

Saw Blade Loop Trail

Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 28 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, and running.

Woodhaven Trail

Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 15 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking, mountain biking, and running. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime.

Picnic Perch Trail

Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 8 min to complete. This trail is great for hiking and walking.

UTV & ATV Trails

With over 90 miles of trails, we are the ultimate destination for your ATV weekend. From trails with skill levels ranging from easy to advanced, you’re sure to find the trail that is just right for you. As you fly through the woods, you can’t help but feel the rush of adrenaline as you traverse stream beds, rocks, and woods. You’ll feel like you’re way out in the woods when you may be only yards from a paved road. With excellent signage and both digital and printed maps, you’ll be exploring Fairfield Bay like you never have before.

Interactive trails

Orange Trail - Easy

The challenging Orange Trail takes you from East Cliff Drive & Net Lane through the picturesque hills of Fairfield Bay near the beautiful Greers Ferry Lake, then back to the starting point.

Blue Trail - Challenging

The Blue Trail is an easy tour that allows you to enjoy the scenery as you travel the woods near the Chelsea Condos and Lynn Creek.

Yellow Trail - Challenging

The Yellow Trail meanders through the woods of Northwood Hills near the main entrance. This is a moderate-level tour with streams, water & mud obstacles.

Green Trail - Challenging

The Green Trail is a challenging tour that winds through the beautiful backwoods of Mountain Ranch.

Start Your Journey on the Right Foot.

Before you begin your trek, here are some things to know in case of an emergency:

Activate your location services. Know your GPS location and what trail you're on.

Texts go through quicker than a phone call when calling 911 with limited service.

Drop a pin for 911 emergencies, then stay there.

The woods around Fairfield Bay in the Fall. The leaves are all turning gold and orange.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Our trails offer a range of skill levels, from easy to advanced. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced rider, you’ll find the perfect trail to suit your abilities and preferences.

  • Trails are open from sunrise to sunset.
  • No motorcycles, bikes, or 4 wheel drive vehicles on hiking trails.
  • Use caution since trails may be shared by ATVs/UTVs and cars/trucks. For safety reasons, motorcycles and off-road 4X4 trucks are discouraged.
  • No hunting, fires, or overnight camping is allowed. Stay on the marked trails.
  • Please remove all trash when you leave. “Pack it in, pack it out.”
  • Do not damage, destroy or remove any trees, plants, shrubs, or animals.
  • All ATVs and UTVs must have a functioning spark arrestor and muffler system.
  • You are responsible for following the manufacturer’s safe operating procedures.
  • All riders under 16 years of age must have a helmet and be accompanied by an adult.
  • You are responsible for following all the laws regarding the safe operation of your ATV or UTV.
  • Fairfield Bay is not responsible or liable for any thefts, loss, damages, or injuries arising from the use of this trail system. Use of this trail is voluntary.
  • No racing is allowed, and passing must be on the left.
  • Absolutely no alcohol allowed. DWI/DUI laws are strictly enforced.
  • Please be courteous to other riders.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 9-1-1 and be prepared to assist the dispatcher in locating the emergency.

Many locations have been designated for parking trucks with trailers. It is important to know where you can park and that you park correctly. Nose in your vehicle whenever possible to maximize the number of people that can park. Please do not park in church parking lots or a business parking lot. Trailhead parking areas include:

  • At Woodland Mead Park on Dave Creek Parkway. Both by the pavilion and the basketball courts. Nose in to leave room for others.
  • Across from the main entrance on Highway 16 on Ashbrook Rd. This is a wide gravel road with little traffic. Park only on the right side of the road in single file.
  • At the intersection of Persimmon Rd. and Garden Lane near the gardens and Helicopter pad. Park behind the gardens and Heli pad.
  • On Haverhill Rd. at the Utility Department’s gravel pit. Park to the far left of the lot and nose in.
  • At the Cool Pool Parking lots located on Chelsea Dr. In addition, the 2 flat pads located to the left of the Cool Pool Parking lots are available. Please nose in toward the Condos.
  • At all Trailheads along the dirt roads. Park on the sides of the roads and do not block it for other traffic.

Experience Fairfield Bay Like Never Before.

Whether you’re seeking a peaceful family outing or an exhilarating ATV weekend, Fairfield Bay has it all. Start your adventure and discover the beauty that awaits.