National Trails Day at Lake Ouachita State Park



This weekend, June 2, is National Trails Day, the largest
trail celebration in the U.S. There are events taking place across the state and various state parks
to celebrate this day and the state’s diverse trails and outdoor options. Among
these is an event at Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine. The all day
event includes guided trail hikes ( including the Caddo Bend Trail) kayaking tours, scenic barge rides,
park programs and activities geared towards children and families encouraging
outdoor exploration.

Here is a look
at the schedule care of Park Interpreter Susan Adkins.



8:00 am – 11:00 am


Caddo Bend Trail Hike

Natural and human forces continue to shape the history and
landscape around Lake Ouachita.Meet at the Caddo Bend trailhead for a 4 mile guided hike to find out
more about these changes.Bring
drinking water and wear sturdy shoes for this strenuous adventure.


9:00 am – 9:45 am


Dogwood Trail Hike


The Ouachita National Forest provides a protective zone for
wildlife around the lake. Meet at the Dogwood trailhead to take a guided,
½-mile walk and find out why the lake would be a different place without the
forest. Bring drinking water, wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for uneven


10:00 am – 10:45 am


Makin’ Tracks

Signs of wildlife are all around.You just have to know what to look for.Track over to the visitor center picnic
area to find out more about wildlife signs and to make your very own animal
track to take home.


11:00 am – 11:45 am


Geocaching 101

What is geocaching?It is a fun, family-friendly activity using GPS units.Discover the basics of geocaching using
the park’s GPS units or any units that you have brought, and then embark on a
journey in search of a hidden “cache” with only the coordinates of its location
to guide you. Wear sturdy shoes and bring drinking water for the short hike.

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


Scavenger Hunt


This fun seeking adventure will have you exploring the park
in search of items from our list.See how many you can find for the most points.The winning team will get a prize.Meet at the visitor center picnic area.

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm


Camo Crawl


Some animals use camouflage to disguise themselves from
predators.Think you could spot
the hidden items on the trail?Test your skill to see how camouflage works.Meet at the Caddo Bend Trailhead.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm


Wet Walk 
Meet at the Three Sisters Springs beach. Ever wonder what lives along the shoreline of Lake Ouachita?
Wear your wading shoes and come prepared to get wet while we explore the
insects that live in the lake.


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm


Geo-Float Lake Tour


The Geo-Float Trail allows you to explore the unique geology
of the Ouachita Mountains by boat.Space is limited on this barge tour.Tickets are $9 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for
those under 6.Make your
reservations and purchase tickets at the visitor center and meet at the marina.


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm


Kayak Koving

Kayaking gives you the opportunity to experience Lake
Ouachita in a unique way.Join a
park interpreter at the marina boat ramp to paddle out to nearby coves.Kayaks, paddles and PFDs are provided,
but space is limited.Make
reservations at the visitor center.Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children 6-12 and free for those
under 6.Kids 12 and under must
ride tandem with an adult. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


8:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Glowing Skulls Hike


Can you see the strange glow in the forest?Meet a park interpreter at the Caddo
Bend trailhead for a moderate hike through a mysterious trail of glowing
skulls.Wear sturdy shoes and
bring your flashlight for this one-of-a-kind quest.



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