Devil’s Den State Park near West Fork, Arkansas, is an incredible location to spend a weekend or more extended vacation. With the vast number of outdoor activities at Devil’s Den, you are sure to have something new and exciting to explore each time you visit. The Park is filled with incredible trails, caves, dense forest, bluffs, and cliff formations, as well as being an excellent location for hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts. The pristine scenery that you get while exploring the area takes your breath away.
Devil’s Den is one of our favorite State Parks in Arkansas, and we can’t wait to share how to spend the perfect weekend getting outside and exploring this special place in the Boston Mountains, within the Ozarks. It is not too far from a few major cities such as Tulsa, Fayetteville, and Little Rock, making it the perfect weekend escape to reinvigorate yourself from the workweek.
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Devil’s Den State Park is the perfect outdoor getaway for hiking and biking enthusiasts looking for exciting adventures such as camping out under the stars by the campfire at night while they listen to cicadas echoing through the clear mountain air.
The Park has multiple designated campgrounds which offer sites that can accommodate both tents and RVs. Devil’s Den also has 64 miles of trails for mountain bikers and hikers.
Ready to plan your next trip? We’re sharing all the most epic things to do at Devil’s Den State Park. So, keep reading to plan your next camping, hiking, and mountain biking adventure!
Anyone who loves hiking will appreciate what this Park has to offer. Several different hikes encompass over 64 miles of backwoods trails. The most popular hiking trails, such as the Devil’s Den Trail and Yellow Rock Trail, offer incredible landscapes from caves to bluff overlooks.
All of the trails offer incredible views of the Ozark Mountains and opportunities to see wildlife such as deer (we saw lots of dear). In addition, there are several caves within the Park that hikers can explore, such as the Devil’s Den Cave and the Devil’s Ice Box – along the Devil’s Den Trail. At the Devil’s Ice Box, you can feel the cool air coming out and the cave breathing! However, to protect the local bat population from White-Nose Syndrome, all the caves are closed, but you can still take pictures of them from the opening.
Devil’s Den State Park is an excellent place for hikers of all skill levels to explore nature.
The two (2) hikes you cannot miss trekking include the Devil’s Den Trail and Yellow Rock Trail. Below are some details.
Outdoor lovers are sure to have fun exploring two (2) of the most amazing hiking trails in Arkansas.
One of the best parts about exploring Devil’s Den is that you can ride your bike through this beautiful State Park.
Fossil Flats is the mountain biking trail that made Arkansas famous for mountain biking. The Park has world-class mountain biking rated by the International Mountain Biking Association.
You cannot miss biking the Monument Trail and world-famous Fossil Flats if you’re into mountain biking.
The Park also hosts the Annual Ozark Mountain Biking Festival every spring.
The crystal-clear mountain waters of Lee Creek run through the Park. Near Camp Area A, the lower Yellow Creek Trailhead, or the Devil’s Den Trailhead, visitors can park and walk over to the banks of the creek. Take your hiking boots off and dip your feet into the ice-cold waters of Lee Creek after a long hike in the summer. The water is so clear; you can even see little fishes swimming around!
Those looking for a relaxing weekend away can enjoy camping in one of the well-maintained campgrounds that Devil’s Den has available.
There are four (4) designated camping areas: one for tent sites, one to hike-in near Lee Creek, another for RVs, and the last for horse trailers. There are 135 campsites.
We stayed at Camp Area E with our Aliner Camper. The campground was clean and well-spaced out, so we didn’t feel crowded or cramped in any way! In addition to utility hookups, there’s a bathhouse where you can shower off after your daily adventures before heading to bed.
The rates for camping at Devil’s Den depend on which campground area you are using.
To check campground rates, call the Park ahead of time or check online.
The Park has two main entrances that are easy to find. Along with adequate road signage, Google maps will get you there also.
One entrance can be found off I-49 near Winslow, Arkansas. From I-49, take exit #45 to State Highway 74. The Park is 7 miles from the exit. If you’re bringing an RV, DO NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE. The switchbacks are tight and steep.
The second entrance is off State Highway 170. From West Fork, it is 17 miles to the entrance. Use this entrance/exit if you have a trailer or RV.
The road to the Visitor Center is narrow and tight; consider this ahead of time before trying to check in with your camping rig.
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The Park is free to use (as of 2021) unless you are camping. How cool is this!?
There are camping fees.
Yes, there are showers at the campground areas.
There is no cell phone reception at Devil’s Den unless you’re hiking high up on the mountains or bluffs. So be sure to download trail maps for offline use ahead of time.
Devil’s Den got its name due to the crevices and caves located within the Park. There are approximately 60 crevices and caves in the area. It was also known historically as being a hideout for old wildest outlaws.
Dogs are allowed on the trails and at the campground on a leash.
Always practice Leave No Trace while exploring the outdoors to protect the environment.
The Ozark Mountains are one of the most beautiful places in Arkansas. There is so much awe in the natural surroundings, and it’s even more impressive when you’re exploring these vast landscapes because no two hikes or paths will be exactly alike! One minute, there might be a thick forest with little to see; then next thing you know, an incredible cave cuts into rock formations that seem as if they were made for your exploration.
The campgrounds offer easy access points where visitors can set up their tents or park RVs before embarking on adventures such as hiking, mountain biking, or taking pictures – all while getting breathtaking views across the valley!
Thanks for reading.
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!