2019 will be the 8th year for the Devil's Den Trail Race

Devil's Den State Park

West Fork Washington County

To contact the park: 479-761-3325

Devil's Den State Park Devil's Den State Park is nestled deep in Lee Creek Valley, a picturesque setting in northwest Arkansas's Ozarks Mountains, ancient sedimentary mountains renowned for their natural beauty and lush oak-hickory forest. This Ozark valley was selected as a park site in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). The CCC used native materials to craft the park’s rustic-style wood and stone structures. This work includes an impressive native stone dam that spans Lee Creek in the heart of the park forming peaceful eight-acre Lake Devil. Rental canoes, tandem kayaks, pedal boats, and water bikes are available at the park.

Hiking, backpacking, and mountain bike trails lead to backcountry areas in Devil's Den State Park and the surrounding Ozark National Forest.

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Seventeen fully-equipped cabins featuring kitchens and fireplaces are nestled in the natural beauty of this park. These cabins are available throughout the year. Wood-burning fireplaces in the cabins are available seasonally.

A park cafe and swimming pool (both open in summer only) overlook the lake. Groceries, gifts and snacks can be purchased at the park store.

Campsites are spaced along the valley. These 143 sites include 44 Class AAA, 12 Class B, 13 Class C, 24 Class D (no hookups), eight Hike-in (tent only), and 42 sites with water and electric hookups in the Horse Camp that includes a bathhouse and access to the horse trails. The park also includes a group camp, standard pavilion, and mountain bike trails.

Miles of hiking and multiple use trails wind through Devil's Den and the surrounding Ozark National Forest. Caves, crevices and bluff overlooks can be explored here. Take a wet-water hike up Lee Creek, or trek the 15-mile Butterfield Hiking Trail. This trail from the park through the Ozark National Forest leads backpackers deep into the hills and hollows of the rugged scenic Ozarks.

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Backpackers may choose from two primitive camp areas. Hikers are required to obtain a free backcountry permit at the visitor center before venturing onto the Butterfield Trail. 
Devil's Den State Park includes caves and crevices associated with a unique sandstone crevice area that is the largest such area in the United States. The longest of these is Devil's Den Cave (550 feet). The presence of both sandstone and limestone caves at one park is quite rare. [NOTE:  The park's Farmer's Cave and Big Ear Cave closed to the public beginning late-May 2009. On April 16, 2010, two additional caves, the Devil's Den Cave and Ice Box Cave, closed. These temporary closures were necessary as a prevention to protect these four caves from the the possibility of contamination from the White-nose Syndrome, a fungus that has killed millions of hybernating bats in the eastern half of the United States. The fungus has now been reported as far west as Tennessee. For more information, visit:  http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/news/for-media/display.aspx?id=1442].
Devil's Den features a horse camp area that offers access to approximately 20 miles of riding trails in the Lee Creek Valley and on surrounding ridges. Three trails begin and end at the horse camp. These are the:

1. Old Road Trail (yellow blaze): 5 miles, 2 hours. This safe, easy trail is the only horse trail located entirely within the park boundary;

2. Gorley King Trail (red blaze): 7 miles, 3 hours. Moderate in difficulty; and

3. Vista Point Trail (green blaze): 8 miles, 5 hours. Contains steep climbs and ledge riding, requiring experienced horses and riders.

Each trail is blazed with a colored diamond-shaped plate with a horseshoe symbol in the center. The Old Road Trail, which begins across from the entrance to the horse camp, is blazed yellow. The Gorley King Trail (blazed in red), and the Vista Point Trail (blazed in green), both begin inside the horse camp near the bathroom. In places where the Gorley King and Vista Point Trails coincide, the trail blaze is both red and green. Where the horseshoe symbol appears to be hanging upside down, this is a warning that the trail makes an obscure turn or intersects with the other trails or roads. Be sure to look for the next blaze before proceeding.

Horses are welcome on Highways 170, 74, and 220, but are not permitted on other park roads or in camping area other than the horse camp. Also, horses are not permitted in the crevice area, Yellow Rock, or on any of the hiking trails except where the horse trails and the Butterfield Hiking Trail are the same.

Mountain bike riders are also allowed on these trails but must yield to horses.

Water for horses and riders is available at the trail head. Here, riders will find a complete campground where they can camp with their horses. The campground features campsites with hookups, and a modern bathhouse that also includes a bathing area for horses. Call ahead to check on the availability of the horse camp.

For more details about the park's riding trails, mountain bike trails, hiking, and backpacking trails, and caving opportunities, go to: http://www.adventurestateparks.com/.

Park interpreters provide guided hikes along several miles of trails. Programs, nature activities, and other family-friendly things to do are hosted daily during summer, and on weekends in spring and fall. Check our online calendar for detailed schedules. Interpretive programming is available by request for groups.
If you enjoy a good challenge that rewards you with the thrill of discovery, go on a scavenger hunt through the park with your GPS unit. Start at the visitor center, where park staff will provide the coordinates for this fun activity, which is a sort of virtual geocaching. You will visit some amazing places throughout Devil's Den State Park--places you might otherwise have overlooked. If you can find all 10 spots, you will be further rewarded
The Civilian Conservation Corps, the "Tree Army" of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, began building this park in the 1930s during the Great Depression. The camp enrollees who worked here created a lasting legacy. The park stands as a tribute to their craftsmanship and conservation achievements. This area has been designated a National Historic District and holds what has been called the most complete example of CCC park architecture. Lee Creek Valley provided the native wood and stone that the CCC used to craft the park's CCC/Rustic Style buildings, a native stone dam, a unique pavilion/restaurant, cabins in several styles, roads, trails, stone walls, bridges, and the iconic Yellow Rock Overlook.
Many of the CCC boys say that experience shaped their lives; here at the park we say it formed a lasting impression on the landscape, as well. Discover how these young men worked, played, and learned during their time at Devil's Den State Park in the 1930s by exploring the 1/4-mile self-guided CCC Interpretive Trail. Brochure guides with information for your self-guided discovery adventure are availabe at the visitor center. 
For information on ways to support the park, contact the Friends of Devil's Den State Park, Inc.
For information about other Arkansas State Parks mountain parks, go to: http://www.mountainstateparks.com/.

To reach Devil's Den State Park, travel eight miles south of Fayetteville on I-540 to Exit #53 (West Fork), then go 17 miles southwest on Ark. 170; or I-540 at Exit #45 (Winslow) and go 7 miles west on Ark. 74 to the park. [TRAILERS LONGER THAN 26 FT. SHOULD USE CAUTION WHEN USING ARK. 74 DUE TO THIS MOUNTAINOUS ROAD.]
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