Devil's Den State Park
An Arkansas icon, this special place nestled in Lee Creek Valley was selected as a state park site in the 1930s. The Civilian Conservation Corps used native materials to build the park’s rustic-style wood and stone structures that mirror the surrounding natural beauty. It now stands as one of the most intact CCC sites in the U.S., with a legacy you can see in its trails and buildings like its original cabins. Some of the park’s unique characteristics are rock formations and caverns. An impressive rock dam spans Lee Creek forming Lake Devil, an 8-acre lake for fishing and boating with canoes and pedal boats for rent. The park’s hiking, backpacking, mountain bike, and horseback riding trails lead to the surrounding Ozark National Forest.
Devil’s Den includes 17 cabins with kitchens and fireplaces and 6 camper cabins. The park also offers 135 campsites (44 Class AAA, 4 Class B, 13 Class C, 24 Class D [no hookups], eight hike-in [tent only], and 42 sites with hookups in the horse camp that includes a bathhouse and access to the horse trails). The park’s cafe is open seasonally. The pool is open in summer only. Also on-site is a group camp, standard pavilion, playground, store, and meeting room.
Join park interpreters on hikes along trails including the 15-mile Butterfield Hiking Trail and for a variety of programs and special events year-round, like the Ozark Mountain Bike Festival held annually in the spring.
Strung along the valley floor, 146 sites offer camping at its best. Many sites have electrical, water and sewer hookups. A sanitary trailer dump station is located near area E. Hike-in campsites are available for the adventuresome and a group area is available for reservation. Bring your horse and use the horse camp located near riding trails that meander through the Ozark National Forest. Horse rental/rides are not available. All horse sites are reservable; all have water & electrical hookups. Rent-A-Backpack units are available for visitors who would like to camp or backpack but don’t have the necessary equipment. Campers must register at the Visitor Center before occupying a campsite and must have camping units with them. All sites are reservable and may be reserved up to one year in advance. Please call to check availability.
The Visitor Center houses exhibits, an audiovisual room, and park offices. Scenic picnic areas with tables and grills, a group pavilion (reserve at the Visitor Center before use; deposit required), playground, rest rooms, coin laundry, and swimming pool (open summer) are located in the heart of the park. Paddle boats, canoes, and water bikes may be rented near the pool during summer. Medical services are available in Fayetteville (28 miles). Gas stations and other conveniences are 20 minutes away at West Fork or Winslow.
Miles of hiking and multiple use trails wind through Devil’s Den and the surrounding Ozark National Forest, offering a variety of experiences. You can take a wet-water hike down Lee Creek or get away from it all on the 15-mile Butterfield Hiking Trail. Hikers need to register for a free permit at the Visitor Center before embarking on this trail as well as other trails leading into the National Forest. The scenic Devil’s Den Self-Guiding Trail winds past the rugged geologic formations that gave the park its name. Mountain bike and equestrian trails are also available. Trail booklets and maps are available at the Visitor Center.
Wildflower walks, birding trips, Northwest Arkansas Mountain Bike Championships, and Bat-O-Rama are among the special events offered at the park each year. These events are scheduled to show off the beauty of the Ozarks. Be sure to check with the park or ArkansasStateParks.com website for the dates of these and other events.
There are many opportunities for viewing the wild inhabitants of Devil's Den. A variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles make the park their home. Some good viewing areas have been indicated on the map side of this brochure. A good time for catching glimpses of these creatures, which can include groundhogs, beavers, vultures, ducks, deer, songbirds, armadillos, foxes, and many others, is at dawn and dusk. Remember: This is the animals' home and all wildlife is protected in the park.
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