Hiking at Lake Catherine State Park

The weather has been gorgeous lately and a great chance to
explore the Arkansas outdoors. Towering pines, lush hardwoods, large lakes,
flowing waterways, abundant wildflowers, streams, and a variety of wildlife
provide a nice backdrop for spring day hikes. Arkansas has over 250 hiking
trails scattered through the state’s Corps of Engineers recreation areas,
National Forest areas, National Parks, and State Parks.
Yesterday, I took my
pup Kip to Lake Catherine State Park to hike Horseshoe Mountain Trail ( 3
miles) and also the parks token hike: Falls Branch Trail ( 2 miles), which is a
nice quick hike and home to a seasonal waterfall. Kids ( and adults and pups
too!) will also get a kick out of walking across the swinging bridge, which is
around 45 feet long and built to prevent erosion on the trail. If you’ve never
been to the park before, all the trails ( there are 3)  start at the same trailhead. Nestled in
the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, the park is also home to
CCC/Rustic Style cabins constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian
Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s. As for directions, from Hot Springs,
take Hwy. 270 east and turn right on Carpenter Dam Road. Turn left on Hwy 290,
and then left on Hwy 171 and follow this into the park. Happy Hiking!
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