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  • Mountain Pine, Arkansas

    Hike the Caddo Bend Trail

    5.0
    4 mi
    Located within the Lake Ouachita State Park, the Caddo Bend Trail is an wonderful 2-3 hour hike. Although promenently covered by shade the entire 4 miles, the Ouachita Lake area can be very hot in the summer and the trail should be done in the morning or late afternoon. Either way, I nice dip in ...
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  • Hot Springs, Arkansas

    Hike Hot Springs Mountain then Soak at Buckstaff Bathhouse

    3.8
    5 mi
    Start your day at the Buckstaff Bathhouse. I would recommend doing the hike first and the traditional bath experience after, but depending on the day and time of year, the bathhouse may be closed in the afternoon. You can check their hours here. After you buy a ticket and store your belongings, ...
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  • Fenter Township, Arkansas

    Camp at Lake Catherine State Park

    Lake Catherine State Park offers fully-equipped cabins, over 60 tent and RV campsites, and a small marina selling everything you need for a perfect day on the lake. The beautiful tree covered campground offers a swimming beach, picnic sites, playgrounds and hiking trails. The park also offers int...
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  • Fenter Township, Arkansas

    Hike the Falls Branch Trail in Lake Catherine SP

    4.0
    1.6 mi / 200 ft gain
    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, Ho...
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  • Plainview, Arkansas

    Forked Mountain Falls

    5.0
    2.98 mi / 223 ft gain
    Forked Mountain Falls is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Perryville, Arkansas.
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  • Caddo Gap, Arkansas

    Backpack the Eagle Rock Loop

    5.0
    26 mi
    Located in Ouachita National Forest, Eagle Rock Loop is Arkansas' longest loop, perfect for a 3-4 day backpack. There are multiple places to begin this trip, as there are 4 trailheads along the route; (1) Albert Pike Recreation Area, (2) Little Missouri Falls on Forest Road 25, (3) 4 miles west o...
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  • Mena, Arkansas

    Hike to Little Missouri Falls

    4.0
    0.25 mi
    This beautiful waterfall in the Ouachita National Forest is only a short distance along Little Missouri Trail. There is a picnic area by the parking lot, as well. Add on the nearby Crooked Creek Falls to your day for another photo-worthy stop.
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  • Morrilton, Arkansas

    Hike the Seven Hollows Trail at Petit Jean SP

    5.0
    4.5 mi
    Start the trail at the marked Seven Hollows Trailhead just off of Petit Jean Mountain Road- there's a small parking lot and signage board. The path is dog-friendly, with lots of springtime stream crossings and swimming opportunities.  You can choose to take the 4-mile loop trail in either directi...
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  • Morrilton, Arkansas

    Cedar Falls

    4.8
    2.01 mi / 305 ft gain
    When I did this hike it was unbelievable. This entire valley looks like something out of a painting. If at all possible, I recommend that you plan your trip around the rain, because after a heavy rain the valley is full of waterfalls.Getting there: Cedar Falls is located in Petit Jean State Park ...
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  • Morrilton, Arkansas

    Camp at Petit Jean SP

    Located between Ft. Smith and Little Rock, just south of Interstate 40, you will find the state treasure that is Petit Jean State Park. Its central location makes it very easy for any one to visit. The main hub of the State Park is the beautiful Mather Lodge, which has a rooms to rent, a restaura...
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  • Dardanelle, Arkansas

    Hike the Rim Trail at Mount Nebo SP

    3.0
    3.57 mi / 226 ft gain
    The official trailhead for the Rim Trail can be found on the north side of Country Rd 92, but it seems to be much easier to start the hike right behind the visitors center. There is more parking spaces and you can purchase any last minute items you may have forgotten before you start. To find the...
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  • Dardanelle Township, Arkansas

    Camp at Mount Nebo SP

    4.0
    Mount Nebo State Park is just 12 miles southwest of Russellville, AR, home of Arkansas Tech University. With its proximity to the university and other large cities, it makes visiting Mount Nebo an easy trip. The last few miles on Country Road 155 takes you through switch backs up the mountain, an...
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  • Dardanelle Township, Arkansas

    Backpack the Rim Trail and Bench Trail

    7.6 mi / 626 ft gain
    I did two loop trails (Rim Trail and Bench Trail). Mileage reflects combination of both trails plus the distance hiking between the two near sunset point. Cost to camp in a hike-in site is ~$13/night. You can't reserve a hike-in spot in advance, but they are very under utilized.  I'm pretty sure ...
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  • Roland, Arkansas

    Hike the Pinnacle Mountain West Summit Trail

    3.0
    1.24 mi / 738 ft gain
    This rocky trail begins at the park picnic grounds and winds its way to the top of Pinnacle Mountain. From the top is a spectacular view of Lake Maumelle, the Arkansas River Valley, the Ouachita Mountains and west Little Rock. This is truly a breathtaking view. To return, you must retrace your st...
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  • Roland, Arkansas

    Hike the Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail

    4.5
    1.4 mi / 719 ft gain
    The East Summit trail is a 1.5 out and back that reaches a final elevation of 1,011ft. The trailhead is in the southeast corner of the East Summit Parking Lot on Pinnacle Valley Road. Walk about 10 yards down the trail to the junction, take the right fork and follow the RED and WHITE blazes. This...
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  • Little Rock, Arkansas

    Hike The Rock Valley & East Quarry Trail, Pinnacle Mountain SP

    5.0
    2.5 mi / 500 ft gain
    The Rock Valley Trail and East Quarry Trail trailheads can be found on the Southeast side of the vistors center parking lot (Make sure the take the small walk up the stairs to the nearby overlook before your hike). This portion of the trail is heavily wood and is easy to moderate with little incl...
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