Hike the Falls Branch Trail in Lake Catherine SP

Lake Catherine SP Falls Branch Trailhead

Just a hop, skip and a jump from downtown Hot Springs, this peaceful and serene 10ft waterfall can easily be reached by 3 different trails within Lake Catherine State Park.

The 3 trailheads to get to the Falls Branch waterfall can all be accessed within Lake Catherine SP. Follow the main road to the very end of the park, passing the amphitheater just before you reach the trails parking lot. The three trails you can take to reach the Falls are: Falls Branch Trail, Horseshoe Mountain Trail, and Dam Mountain Trail, each with their own scenic routes to the Falls. The most direct and easiest trail is the Falls Branch Trail. The Falls Branch Trail (red blazes) winds through a heavily wooded area and crosses over Falls Creek a handful of times over man made bridges. While ascending to the top of the small mountain, you will pass a scenic overlook with rock ledges, (be mindful of your footing as you step towards the ledge for a great photo op). After a half a mile or so, you will see a sign directing you to the waterfall, to which you will begin your decent following the red blazes towards the waterfall. You approach the falls from above, where you can stop and enjoy the view looking down into the crystal clear pool of water below, or continue to the bottom of the falls to enjoy the serenity and take a dip. There are also many trees to set up a hammock and just enjoy your surroundings. You can return back to the trailhead by continuing on the loop for a shorter hike back, or head back the way you came from to see some mini falls along the creek you may have missed. 

*As with most waterfalls in Arkansas, you might consider visiting these falls after a heavy rain to get the full effect. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Shoes
  • Water
  • Hammock
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 200 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Pleasant Hike

Relatively short, invigorating hike. The waterfall only runs during and following rainy spells. There's lots of interesting rock formations along the trail. Lots of ups and downs and somewhat uneven footing, so I agree with the intermediate level rating.


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