The I-540 drive into the scenic Boston Mountains offers breath-taking views of dramatic, forested peaks, tranquil farm valleys and rocky creek beds. A short, 40 minute drive from Springdale, AR takes you to Devil’s Den State Park, nestled deep in the Lee Creek valley. After a short exploration of the state park, I headed to the visitor center to get a permit to hike the Butterfield Trail on Saturday. Named for the historic stagecoach line that ran through the area, the Butterfield Trail is a 15 mile loop that is designated as a backpacking trail. Waterfalls, rocky crags and wide vistas also make it an excellent day hike. The rain shortened my hike to just under 5 miles but not before I took some photos from a high vantage point on this heavily wooded trail. Devil’s Den is one of the oldest state parks in Arkansas. It will take several visits to explore the rustic beauty of this area. Can’t wait to go back.