Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline. Located just a short drive from the spa city of Hot Springs on the lake's eastern shore, Lake Ouachita State Park is your gateway to this popular water sports lake.
This is a really fun one. You stay pretty close to the lake the entire time. It is decently challenging. There aren't any long, steep climbs, but the terrain gets dodgy at times. The lookout over the lake on point 50 is awesome. If your rock hop your way past the small deck, there are some small rocks to jump into the lake from.
Really nice trail. Rolling terrain made for a decent workout. We really liked the occasional sign posts of things to note on the trail and showing the tornado damage there. Last half of the trail doesn't seem well used but it is worth doing the whole thing. We thought we might swim along the way but the rocks were a bit slippery and who wants to be wet while hiking.
This is a very easy trail with rolling hills. There are a couple of excellent lake accesses that can provide some nice swimming. I have walked this trail at least 10 times and never found to be longer than 3.9 miles. Can someone explain where the 4.5 number was generated from?
As of National Trails Day (6/3/2012), the Caddo Bend Trail has been completely rebuilt and re-opened. The storm damage from April 2011 was massive, but the park got it done and the trail has emerged from nothing. It will look a little bit "new", or rough, for a while. Once it settles in, however, it will be, perhaps, better than it was. Several open vistas, looking down the lake, have been added giving it a new dimension. Thank you LOSP.
It is still closed due to the tornado damage, but most of the trail is passable and is still very lovely at certain spots. The whole of the western end of the trail is still in good condition. I did hear a park ranger say that the trail is planned to be back open by Spring Break.