Floating the Kings River in Northwest Arkansas is always a wonderful adventure! But, if you’ve never seen this river from an eagle’s vantage point, then you’re missing out on one of the most scenic overlooks in the state.
The trail to Kings River Overlook is located on the east side of the Madison County Wildlife Management Area between Eureka Springs and Huntsville off Highway 23. You’ll travel about five miles or so on three different county roads to get to the trailhead parking area. There are signs at each place to turn, but I’d suggest picking up a map anyway at the WMA Visitor Center.
The trail itself is nice and wide and is about a mile round trip. If you go after a good rain, you can take a side hike past the second small stream and trail sign, down the bluff to Eagles Nest Falls. But mind you, it is rough going.
At the overlook you’ll get to enjoy not only spectacular views of the Kings River but also, especially during the fall and winter months, soaring bald eagles. And, if you’re really lucky, you might even capture them when they lock talons and free fall during their courtship ritual — yes, literally falling for each other!
Our hike to Kings River Overlook will premiere during our “Trails Less Traveled” digital series on Arkansas PBS and Exploring Arkansas social media platforms Wednesday, July 29 at 2 p.m., including Facebook, YouTube and on the Engage Arkansas PBS App, available for free in the App Store and Google Play Store. Want to see it— or share it— on a bigger screen? Watch AR PBS-1 in primetime Thursday evening after “Doc Martin” to see the full segment on broadcast!
Getting ready to head out for your own bird’s eye view? Don’t miss a chance to enter to win an Arkansas PBS prize pack! From now to Aug. 12, whenever you watch a segment and, then, share a photo on the Engage Arkansas PBS app, you’ll be entered to in a random drawing for an exciting collection of Arkansas PBS and “Exploring Arkansas” swag and/or experiences. Check out details and rules at myarkansaspbs.org/exploringarkansas.