Big Spring Nature Trail is located in the heart of Cotter, once a railroad boomtown in north-central Arkansas surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. The city sits in a horseshoe bend of the White River, which offers beautiful scenery and gives the town its nickname of "Trout Capital, USA."
The wooded trail begins in Big Spring Park, an important recreational amenity for the community, offering athletic fields, picnic areas, a swimming hole and boat ramp. The park also has two special features: the Anglin-Tinnon Railroad Workers' Memorial, honoring the town's unique history, and the R.M. Ruthven Rainbow Arch Bridge, built in 1930 and included on the National Register of Historic Places. From under the bridge, the trail continues northeast along the east bank of the river on a former railroad bed, traveling nearly 3 miles to Denton Ferry.
Parking and Trail Access
Ample parking is available in Cotter's Big Spring Park, on the banks of the White River.
Cotter Arkansas RTC
Camping with the family at Denton Ferry, I took my son on a hike along the RTC to Cotter, Arkansas. It is a very quiet, peaceful trail along the White River with opportunity to spot wildlife and enjoy nature. The trail is well maintained, and ideal for ...