Leaving Eureka Springs, take Arkansas Highway 23 South for 20 miles to Withrow Springs State Park. The hiking trail is well marked and starts at the bridge near the southwest entrance to the park.
You will head out under the bridge and up some stairs to the ridge that follows War Eagle Creek for the majority of the trail. This part is pretty level. About 0.5 miles into your hike you will come to War Eagle Cave. You will not be able to enter the cave due to a problem that is impacting the bat population here in the state. The next portion of the trail requires caution as it follows along a rocky ridge that climbs about 150 feet to the top of a bluff overlooking the countryside. This is a very pretty part of the trail. You can return to the trailhead or head off toward the Dogwood Nature Trail. The Dogwood Nature Trail is named for the many flowering dogwood trees along it’s path.
The trail is 2 miles round trip and will take you approximately one hour. It is classified as Strenuous or Moderate depending upon the source. The trail is named for War Eagle Creek that is unique in that it flows north from the headwaters in the Boston Mountains instead of south.
Time for Food
When you get back to your car, you will have worked up an appetite. Drive five miles further to the town of Huntsville. Check out Granny’s Kitchen, one of those restaurants that everyone knows about for miles around. Open every day from 6:00AM-2:30PM. Southern home-cookin’—pot roast, fried chicken, ham & beans and chicken and dumplings. The experience won’t be complete without having a piece of Granny’s pie. If you have the pie, you may need to find another trail.