Located seven miles west of your Dardanelle Bed and Breakfast is Mount Nebo, home to Mount Nebo State Park. Biblically named Mount Nebo rises to 1,350-feet and delivers magnificent views of Lake Dardanelle and the Arkansas River Valley. To the west, with clear skies, Mount Magazine is visible and to the east Petit Jean Mountain. These mountains along with Mount Nebo are part of the mountain peaks scattered about the Arkansas River Valley. BBOnline recommends you visit Mount Nebo and all it has to offer while you enjoy your stay at your Dardanelle Inn.
Mount Nebo State Park
16728 West State Highway 155
Dardanelle, AR 72834
Arkansas' second oldest state park is Mount Nebo State Park. This park is 3,000-plus acres with over 100 of those acres located on the top of the plateau of the mountain. There is much to see and do at this majestic park. This park offers a pool, tennis courts, day picnic areas, playgrounds, a ball field and two pavilions. One of the unique offerings of this park is the fact that it is one of only two parks that offer hang gliding launch sites. BBOnline recommends hiking or biking one of the fourteen miles of trails surrounding Mount Nebo.
First stop is the visitor's center. This facility offers a variety of exhibits, a gift shop, and bicycle rentals. Park guides offer interpretative programs relating to the mountain and park history along with natural resources education. Make sure to pick up the hiking and biking trail brochures to ensure you do not miss out on the many historical and natural sights.
Bench Trail: Mountain Biking Trails
If mountain biking is what interests you Mount Nebo offers a 4.5-mile trail called Bench Trail. This trail begins at the overlook shelter, is quite level and circles the side of the mountain. This trail presents a ride through large pine forest, historic springs and Fern Lake. The rock work of the Civilian Conservation Corps. of the 1930s is still quite evident on this trail. If you are a novice to mountain biking, this trail is perfect for beginners.
BBOnline recommends the 3.5-mile Rim Trail which circles the top of the mountain, offering access to all of the park's 14 miles of trails. This moderate level of difficulty trail will take around two to three hours to complete. It can be accessed from the visitor's center as well as a few other locations around the mountain.
Summit Park Trail
Before heading back to your Dardanelle Bed and Breakfast, consider this one-mile loop trail beginning on the northwest side of the mountain top. It is moderate in difficulty and can be completed in around two hours. The trail twists, turns and eventually comes to Fern Lake. At one point the trail intersects with the mountain biking Bench Trail. Make sure to pick up the self-guided trail brochure at the visitors' center.