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Lake Catherine State Park - Day Hike Trails

Dam Mountain Trail (F-4) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Lake Catherine State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 4 miles
Time: 2 1/2 - 3 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Location: Exit #97 off I-30 at Malvern, then 12 miles north on Hwy. 171

Description: The trail passes through the pine/hardwood forest of the park to the top of Dam Mountain. Spring and fall offer a variety of wildflowers, plants, and animal life. Streams and cascades are great for providing solitude and attracting the keen eye of the photographer.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, AR, 71913, (501) 844-4176 lakecatherine@arkansas.com

Falls Branch Trail (F-4) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Lake Catherine State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 2 miles
Time: 1 1/2 - 2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Location: Exit # 97 off I-30 at Malvern, then 12 miles north on Hwy. 171

Description: The trail begins near the campground and winds through the pine/hardwood forest of the park, crossing Little Canyon Creek several times. It eventually leads to a seasonal scenic waterfall on Falls Creek and works its way back to the trailhead.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, AR, 71913, (501) 844-4176 lakecatherine@arkansas.com

Hidden Creek Trail (F-4)

Park/Rec Area: Lake Catherine State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 5/8 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty Comments: Barrier-free concrete trail

Description: Just a short walk from the park visitor center, this easy loop trail is great for hikers of all levels. Park at the visitor center and walk along the entrance road (Ark. 171) as if heading out of the park [be cautious of cars]. Look on the right for a brown post. Walk down a small hill and start on the trail to your right. Slunger Creek flows alongside most of this concrete, barrier-free trail. Benches on the trail offer a place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the water flowing over rocks in this Ouachita Mountain creek. Many wildflowers bloom in the spring making this area a photographer’s dream.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, AR, 71913, (501) 844-4176 lakecatherine@arkansas.com

Horseshoe Mountain Trail (F-4) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Lake Catherine State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 3 1/2 miles
Time: 2 - 2 1/2 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at visitor center

Location: Exit No. 97 off I-30 at Malvern, then 12 miles north on Hwy. 171

Description: The trail passes through pine/hardwood forests and novaculite glades along the ridgetop of Horseshoe Mountain. Hikers can enjoy wildflowers, interesting rock formations and scenic vistas.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 1200 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, AR, 71913, (501) 844-4176 lakecatherine@arkansas.com