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.

Great trail. Well maintained. Didn't give a 5 because I want to save those for total mind blows but this one is a solid 4. Good trail running.

Great lake trail. Excellent views and moderately easy loop. pretty well maintained. Exactly what I expected from this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike! Beautiful scenery

Loved this! Only saw one other person on trail. Quiet, not too tough, great offshoot trails down to the lakeshore. Very clean and well-maintained trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Steep to moderate. Good 4 mile hike around Lake Ouachita point. The visitor center has a map (if needed). 50 point is a great place to stop and look out over the lake. We even found a few geocaches along the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail. Pretty tough first half. Bridges on second half are really cool. Sign about tornado damage is awesome.

hiking
7 months ago

This one took quite a bit of tornado damage a few years ago but still has some great views of the lake. It's a great one to take the family to.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. This is rated as easy but it's actually moderate. This trail took us about two hours and 15 minutes. Wonderful views of the lake. It was mostly peaceful except for occasional boat speeding by.

hiking
8 months ago

Very good views of the lake during the first 2 miles!

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful trail. The views are amazing. You get a little bit of everything on this trail. The trail is well marked.

hiking
1 year ago

Great hike. Some good up and down areas. Some lovely views of the lake. Loved the trail markers and the informational signage. The only downfall is that there are speed boats on the lake and so you hear some of that.

hiking
2 years ago

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 was a great hiking trip. Great views, wildlife, and lake side spots were all awesome! I'd encourage folks to stop by. Bring plenty of water and enjoy yourself!

hiking
4 years ago

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?

hiking
4 years ago

This is one of my favorites. Have been anxiously awaiting its reopening. Have to get out there soon.

hiking
4 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

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.