The Little-Known Abandoned Homestead In Arkansas You Can Only Reach By Hiking This 1/2-Mile Trail – Only In Your State

Posted in Arkansas
December 24, 2021
by Daniella DiRienzo

Trek back in time with a hike along the Villines Homestead Trail! Short and sweet, the ½-mile trail leads to an abandoned homestead from the 1800s. Though dilapidated, the buildings that fill the old homestead offer a glimpse into the past, making the trail a history buff’s haven.

During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.

Villines Homestead Trail is near Ponca. The 1/2-mile out-and-back trail winds through the now-abandoned 1882 homestead of James Villines and his wife, Sarah Arbaugh.

Hidden among towering trees, the homestead isn’t visible from the road; however, it couldn’t be easier to access.

To begin the hike, you’ll cross the Ponca Low-Water Bridge. From there, simply follow the path.

Eventually, you’ll come to a fork in the path. You can actually go either way, as both lead to the homestead.

The abandoned homestead is made up several buildings, including a double-pen log cabin, smokehouse, root cellar, barn, and outhouse.

Most of the buildings are open, so you can peer inside the historic structures.

Signage accompanies several of the buildings, providing background info on the homestead as well as its former residents.

Historic buildings are just one facet of the trail, though. The other is natural beauty, including a small waterfall.

As if it couldn’t get any better, the Villines Homestead Trail is a pretty easy trek. Not only is it just ½ mile long, but it has very little elevation gain.

For more info on the Villines Homestead Trail, check out the National Park Service website. You can also visit All Trails, where you’ll find a trail map and more photos of the homestead.

So, did you know about this history-infused trail? Ever trekked …….


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