Yellow Rock Trail - Devil's Den State Park
ElevationAscent: 447' 136 m
Descent: -448' -137 m
High: 1,409' 429 m
Low: 1,033' 315 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“Enjoy spectacular views and unique rock formations as you hike through the Ozark forest.”— Vanessa McKnight
As you reach the higher elevations of the trail you'll see cedar glades that tell of early settler and Civilian Conservation Corp. life in this area. These glades are likely the result of their impact on this land.
As you walk along this Civilian Conservation Corp. trail you'll come to the highlight of the trail, the Yellow Rock. This bluff sits 300 feet above the valley and offers a panoramic view of the Lee Creek Valley. Each season gives you new sights and reason to come back.
Past the Yellow Rock you'll continue your hike through the oak and hickory woods of the Ozarks. You'll cross several streams and have ample opportunity to view wildlife. Some of the common wildlife observed are White-tailed Deer, Pileated Woodpeckers and Five-lined Skinks.
At the top most part of the trail sits the Civilian Conservation Corp. Overlook. This small pavilion was the first structure built in the park and offers a great opportunity to sit, rest and enjoy the view.
There are no fences or guard rails along this trail so be very cautious of the ledges along the trail and at the Yellow Rock.
You'll make your way back down the same portion of the trail that you finished on, however there will be a fork giving you an option to take the route you didn't come up on, take this path (your direction of choice will depend on which direction you chose at the original fork when you came up the trail).
There is a parking lot at the top of the trail, just as there is an area to park at the lower trailhead, you can start the trail at either point, I recommend the lower trailhead for a fast and fun finish.
In the spring you will see dogwoods, service berry and redbuds in bloom. In the fall you will see all the colors of autumn; orange, red, yellow and browns.
There are great opportunities for wildlife along this trail as well. Deer are frequently seen on the way to the overlook. On the Yellow Rock you will have great views of hawks and vultures especially during migration in the spring and fall.
The small pavilion at the top of the trail was the first structure the CCC built in the park.
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Land Manager: Arkansas State Parks