Horseshoe Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake Catherine State Park, AR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Malvern: Take Exit #97 off I-30 at Malvern and travel 12 miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 171 to the park.
Needed some early morning solitude and got it with this trail. Spent about two hours , moderate terrain. Was alone the entire time and it was just what I was looking for. Only a few Vistas but varied areas of terrain and foliage with wildlife to match.
To me, this was the most boring of all the hikes at Lake Catherine. It's still a good trip for a family but I'd definitely do it with the other trails at Lake Catherine.
Good, quick family hike.
Easy trail with beautiful views. I've done this one several times and haven't seen another person on the trail yet!!
I think this was a easy trail, located on Lake Catherine State Park From I-30 take exit 97 go north about 12 miles on HWY 171 into the park all the way down just follow the trail signs. This trail is well marked with yellow blazes You will have a elevation of about 782 at the highest. There is about 3 vistas on this trail at first it will be up hill to rock formations then you will get views of the lake and plant then it bends back and down hill from there. The trail is rocky in places. No one else was on the trail, seen several deer. Its about 3.5 mile hike. I done all three trails in its entirety which means done the whole loop and started each one at the trail head. Now when you think your at the top its false it'll be flat for a bit then a small incline till the bend. My favorite spot was at the rock formations at the beginning of trail. This trail will intercept with the Falls branch trail but it will have a sign and a bench where it meets and just follow the sign.
Nice peaceful trek, go after the dew is off the grass ,or wear gaiters the tall grass on top of the mountain will soak your socks. Did this one and the dam mountain trail both. Both are good hikes the dam mountain trail has two nice Vistas with a bench to oversee lake Catherine and the stream plant. Did not see any one else on the trail. till i got back to the falls.
Easy. the climb up is short. trail is well marked. quiet. a couple scenic lookouts but maybe the best part of the trail is through tall grasses at the top. tranquil. didn't see anyone else on the trail at all.