Mount Nebo State Park

Dardanelle Arkansas

River Valley Region

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Rising 1,350 feet above the Arkansas River Valley, Mount Nebo offers spectacular views.  The mountain has been attracting travelers and settlers for over 100 years when a resort hostelry was operated on the mountain top for steam boat travelers.  In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site.  Logs and stones from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins and pavilions.

The park offers 35 campsites (24 Class B; 10 Hike-in Tent sites) [no dump station] and 14 fully-equipped cabins with kitchens.

Fourteen miles of trails encircle Mount Nebo. For mountain biking enthusiasts, the 4 1/2-mile Bench Trail is a fairly level route encircling the side of 1,850-foot Mount Nebo. As you ride through the mixed hardwood and pine forest, you'll pass historic springs and Fern Lake, and see rock work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the early 1930s. This is an excellent ride for your family's first mountain biking adventure. You can choose from primitive campsites located at intervals along the Bench Trail, or stay in the park campground.

The visitor center offers exhibits, a store and bicycle rentals. Interpretive programs tell about the mountain's history and natural resources.  (Please note that many private homes are also situated atop the mountain.)

In 1933, a portion of the mountain was chosen as a park site. Native stone and logs from Mount Nebo were used by the Civilian Conservation Corps to construct many of the park's bridges, trails, rustic-style cabins, and pavilions.

Mount Nebo State Park is one of the Arkansas state parks system's two parks offering launch sites for hang gliding enthusiasts. [NOTE: The other park offering launch sites for hang gliders is Mount Magazine State Park located high atop Arkansas's highest mountain, Mount Magazine, near Paris.]

Mount Nebo State Park also features 14 comfortable cabins with fully-equipped kitchens and fireplaces. Bring your own bike or rent one from the park visitor center.

Park facilities include a pool, tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, extra-large enclosed and standard open pavilions and a ball field. The visitor center offers exhibits, a store and bicycle rentals. Interpretive programs tell about the mountain's history and natural resources. [Please note that many private homes are also situated atop the mountain.]

The park is located seven miles west of Dardanelle on Ark. 155. [NOTE: Ark. 155 zigzags and includes hairpin curves. Trailers over 24 ft. should not attempt the climb up Mount Nebo.]

Cabins

Our housekeeping cabins are fully furnished with central heat and air conditioning. They have a full kitchen with electric range/oven, refrigerator, microwave, drip coffee maker with filters, can opener, toaster, mixer, blender, skillets, pots and pans, baking pans, cooking utensils, basic dishes, glasses and silverware. We also furnish kitchen towels, dishcloths, oven mitts, dishwashing soap, mop, broom and dustpan. We provide pillows, blankets, linens, washcloths, iron and ironing board. Beds are queen-size, with the exception of the two bedroom A-Frame, and each cabin has at least one queen-size sleeper sofa, a fireplace or wood burning stove and a 19" TV/VCR combination with indoor antenna. Each cabin has a wooden deck or rock patio with a pedestal grill and picnic table and either a woods view or mountain view.

Hiking at Mount Nebo  

Bench Trail

Length: 4 miles
Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Brochure: Available at visitor center Print Map

Description: The Bench Trail begins at the overlook shelter you'll see as you drive up the mountain to the park. There is a narrow shelf called a bench that encircles the entire mountain. In the early 1900s, this bench featured a road. Today the bench is a trail route through a woodland that teems with large trees and wildlife. Fern Lake, remnants of historic springs, and steps that were a part of this early resort development are still visible. The trail is level in most places and offers views from the mountain, especially during seasons from late fall through early spring.

Location: From I-40, take Highway 7 south through Russellville to Dardanelle; turn right onto Highway 22 west, then left on Highway 155 west up the mountain.


Rim Trail

Length: 3.5 miles
Time: 2 to 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate

Description: The 3.5-mile Rim Trail circles the mountain top and provides access to all of the park's 14 miles of trail. Originally blazed in the 1890s, the trail was fully developed by the CCC in the 1930s with the addition of stone steps and retaining walls. Spectacular views spread over 100 miles of the Arkansas River Valley before you, including the 1830s water route of the Trail of Tears and 34,000 acre Lake Dardanelle. Accessibility:  at the visitor center and other locations around the mountain Blaze color: yellow


Summit Park Trail (National Recreation Trail)

Length: 1 mile
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at visitor center  Print Map

Description: This loop trail begins at a point on the northwest side of the mountaintop. Named for the Summit Park Hotel, built near the trailhead in 1889, it meanders down to Fern Lake along the same path that it has taken since it was first used by guests of the famous hotel. The Civilian Conservation Corps improved the trail with beautiful native rock work in the 1930s. This trail intersects with the park's Bench Trail near Fern Lake. A self-guided trail brochure can be obtained at the park visitor center.

Location: 7 miles west of Dardanelle on Hwy. 155

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The park is seven miles west of Dardanelle on Arkansas 155.
Please, note that Arkansas 155 zigzags and includes hairpin curves.
Trailers over 24 feet should not attempt the climb.

 Contact Information
#1 State Park Drive
Dardanelle, AR  72834
E-mail:  MountNebo@Arkansas.com
Park/Campsite Reservations
1-479-229-3655
Stream maps and information
1-800-264-2458

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