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Shady Lake Recreation Area - Day Hike Trails

A Valuable Forest Trail (F-2)

Park/Rec Area: Shady Lake Recreation Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1/2 mile
Time: 1/2-3/4 hour
Difficulty: Easy

Location: Ark. 84 west from Langley for 8 miles, west on Ark. 246 for about 3 miles

Description: Interpretive trail with etched metal signs which tell how the forest was formed and describe the relationships between weather, rocks, soil and the plants growing in the area. The trail is an easy walk along the east fork of the Saline River. Many hikers cool their feet in the stream’s numerous pools.

For Information: Mena Ranger District, 1603 U.S. 71 North, Mena, AR, 71953, (479) 394-2382 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita/

Tall Peak Trail (F-2)

Park/Rec Area: Shady Lake Recreation Area
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 6 1/2 miles round trip
Time: 6 hours
Difficulty: Strenuous

Location: Hwy. 84 west from Langley for 8 miles, west on Hwy. 246 for about 3 miles

Description: This trail from Shady Lake to Tall Peak is very strenuous; there is an elevation change of nearly 1,000 feet in slightly over two miles. A good portion of the trail runs along a beautiful little stream. The trail is well marked, and the tread is easy to follow; however, watch for abrupt turns in the main trail. There is an old restored fire tower on the summit providing a great destination.

For Information: Mena Ranger District, 1603 U.S. 71 North, Mena, AR, 71953, (479) 394-2382 www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ouachita/