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Caney Creek Trail

Owner: Caney Creek Wilderness Area
Length: 9 1/2 miles one way
Time: 12 hours-overnight
Difficulty: Moderate

Trailhead Location: Caney Creek Wilderness Area; 15 miles south of Mena on U.S. 59 and 71, then 17 miles east on Hwy. 246, then 9 miles north on Forest Road 38. Western terminus: Forest Road 31, Eastern terminus: Forest Road 38.

Description: The Caney Creek Trail is located in the Caney Creek Wilderness Area, a 14,460-acre territory specially managed to maintain its seclusion and natural surroundings. There are plenty of oaks, beeches and pines in the forest, providing protection and housing for deer, turkey and an endless variety of other birds. Rock outcroppings and mountain ridges afford outstanding views of the countryside. The Caney Creek Trail is a linear trail extending completely through the wilderness area. Parking is available at Bard Springs and Shady Lake Recreation Areas, and at trailheads on Forest Roads 31 and 38. Open camping is allowed, but only at a distance of at least 200 feet from the trail and water sources.