Trails

ART TRAIL

Length: 1/3 mile

Surface: hard surface, walking and biking trail

Difficulty: Moderate slope

The Art Trail features several outdoor sculptures, an amphitheater, and access to artist James Turrell’s Skyspace structure, The Way of Color. The Art Trail also connects the Museum’s south entrance to the Crystal Bridges Trail. This trail provides access to springs, and features many native plants, including cone flowers, American basket flowers, and black-eyed susans.

Plants on the Art Trail

Crystal Bridges Trail

Length: 1 -1/2 miles

Surface: hard surface, walking and biking trail

Difficulty: Moderate slope

Part of the City of Bentonville Trail System, Crystal Bridges Trail connects the Museum’s south entrance with downtown Bentonville via the Art Trail. The trail begins at NE 3rd street near the Downtown Square, and culminates at NE A Street at the northern edge of the Museum grounds, near the trailheads for Slaughter Pen Hollow. Crystal Bridges Trail features a beautiful walk through Compton Gardens, a mountain bike trail, and an overlook area where guests can view the Museum campus from the ridge above.

Plants on the Crystal Bridges Trail


The Crystal Spring Trail and Crystal Spring

The Crystal Spring Trail, accessible from the Museum’s South Lawn, takes visitors to the heart of Crystal Bridges’ grounds: the natural spring from which the Museum derives its name. Crystal Spring bubbles up from the Ozark limestone at the base of a ravine just a short walk from the Museum’s south entrance. The spring produces 100 to 125 gallons of fresh water per minute, at a chill 52 degrees year-round. It has been an important source of water for the area’s human and animal residents for more than 100 years.

Learn more about Crystal Spring here

Dogwood Trail

Length: 1 mile

Surface: soft surface hiking trail

Difficulty: Moderate slope with steps

Pedestrian friendly, the Dogwood Trail features over 500 dogwood trees that flower during spring. In addition to being the longest trail on Crystal Bridges property, the Dogwood features several natural seating areas carved out of the forest. This trail connects to the Rock Ledge Trail and to the City of Bentonville’s Enfield Trail.

Plants on the Dogwood Trail


Orchard Trail

Length: 1/2 mile

Surface: hard surface, walking and biking trail

Difficulty: Gentle slope

The Orchard Trail provides access to Crystal Bridges’ main entrance from Orchards Park and NE J Street. The trail features an evergreen forest made up of several species of pine trees as well as Eastern red cedars. This trail connects the Museum’s Additional Parking area with the main entrance, and also connects with the Tulip Tree and Dogwood Trails.

Plants on the Orchard Trail


Rock Ledge Trail

Length: 1/2 mile

Surface: crushed granite hiking trail

Difficulty: Moderate slope

The Rock Ledge Trail takes its name from the rock bluffs once carved into the hills to make way for a nineteenth-century railroad that was never completed. This soft surface, pedestrian-only trail overlooks several sculptures, the Museum’s north lawn, and the Crystal Bridges Trail below, and features large colonies of serviceberry and wild hydrangeas. Take a moment to rest at the Rock Ledge Shelter and enjoy the native plants and animals you may encounter.

Plants on the Rock Ledge Trail


Tulip Tree Trail

Length: 1/2 mile

Surface: crushed granite hiking trail

Difficulty: Moderate slope with steps

The Tulip Tree Trail features some of the largest trees on the Crystal Bridges grounds, and includes access to the Tulip Tree Shelter, which was fashioned from a scale mock-up of the Museum’s pine-beamed roof structure that was created during the design phase. Forming a loop from the Tulip Tree Trail, Crystal Spring Trail offers access to the natural spring for which the Museum was named. Tulip Tree Trail also provides access to the Art Trail and the Museum’s south lobby.

Plants on the Tulip Tree Trail