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Good trail approx. 4mi around. Rickety chain and wood suspension bridge. Plenty of great photo opts along the creek. Falls dry this time of year. Some light bouldering. Lake just off the trail. Nice places to swim water nice and refreshingly cold this time of year. I’d do this trail again in the spring or fall to get the waterfalls experience.

walking
15 days ago

great little hike. easy. we did it with the kids on a rainy day. the back part of the trail to goes along the dam, is totally over grown so we had to turn around. over all really nice and easy. will definitely go back.

loved this trail! we saw lots of deer, great lake views. we finished this trail in about 2.5 hours, taking a few breaks due to the heat.

We went mid-May and it was perfect! Beautiful trail and great for the entire family. The water was a bit cold to swim in, but that didn’t defer the kids!!

Good for viewing water birds

hiking
28 days ago

Some steep inclines and rocky climbs but great! Benches along the way right after long stretches are nice. The waterfall wasn’t running because it’s super hot and dry in July, but the water felt nice.

Had a great hike this morning. It's slightly longer than advertised. It was a hot in the summer time, leave early and be done by 10:00am during the summer. Spiders and webs along trail during the summer. What a great easy day trip from Hot Springs! Make sure to stop by the Visitor's Center at the National Forest Center along Hwy 7.

Beautiful! Very easy trail can access many other trails

hiking
1 month ago

We didn’t get to see the fall which was disappointing but the trail it self was beautiful! We hike a lot and this trail was shorter than most but I would say it’s pretty moderate not easy. My dog loved the lake at the end!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, some great views of the lake and it was relatively flat. A breeze for my 10 year old and not too challenging with my toddler strapped to my back, either. Would definitely recommend, but get out there early in summer months because it was HOT

hiking
1 month ago

fun trail, not alot of work. swam at the base of the fall.

Gorgeous trail and nicely shaded. Perfect for an easy outing. Probably my favorite trail of the weekend for its simplicity and beauty.

backpacking
1 month ago

Kid friendly, great swimming place shallow rock in lake right below falls.
In summer, waterfall is not flowing, but still a nice hike with plenty to see.

1 month ago

A nice morning hike after biking too the trailhead through town.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult trail, tons of steep climbing and switchbacks. No really pretty scenic views, but the trail itself is pretty.

For our first hike at a national park we did well. It was nice to be on West Mountain and in nature. A good workout after all of the food we ate in Hot Springs! Just a little over 2 miles and one hour.

Great trail! Beautiful views! Loved it!

beautiful hike! didnt see one person the entire way. bring a TON of water, sunscreen, and light clothing. i hiked this trail around 3pm and the sun and heat was almost unbearable. not a good first time hike and not for unexperienced hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

My husband and I (50+) enjoyed our time on this trail. It was a good cardio/leg workout. We saw a mother deer and her two foal, and a snake. It was lying atop a mossy rock right after the overlook. It was the same color green.
The difference between the tornado ravaged area and the untouched area was varied.
This was a long hike that provided beautiful and varied scenic looks.

hiking
1 month ago

hiked this trail along with mountain top, whittington, oak, and canyon, very nice trail, some ups and downs but the easiest walk of the set I did today, clean well used, pretty scenery

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this trail along with mountain top, west mountain, oak, and canyon in one day, all was challenging and each trail had its on unique things about it, this trail was very easy, flat, and clean, a lot of walkers, joggers and dog walkers, just a nice urban park trail

hiking
1 month ago

The entire State Park is very well-kept. The trail is very clean and provides a great view of the lake! The loop provides various changes in scenery and a lot of wildlife! The hike was moderate, with a few decent inclines, taking 3-4 hours. I would not recommend bringing small children or as a first hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Eh, just ok. Hiked it because we were waiting for the hot springs to open and had some time to kill. Not a difficult hike and not much to see. The tower at the top lets you know you are ready to turn around.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun little trail that I enjoyed early in the morning before it got too hot. Beautiful views of the lake and dense forest. Lots of educational signs giving history and information about the area all along the way. Nice places to step off-trail and swim in the lake. Just a great little hike.

Beware of ticks!!!!!!! With a 40% Deet liberally applied, I removed 17 after this trail. Trail was clearly marked and lots of deer.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing loop

on Caddo Bend Trail

1 month ago

Perfect Day Hike! We saw several deer along the way!

on Caddo Bend Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous area with clearly marked trail. Not too strenuous, only two areas with a fairly steep incline but not too bad.

on Falls Branch Trail

2 months ago

Clearly marked and well kept trail. In a bit of a dry spell so the creek is very low, hardly any water flow on the hike to the falls. Barely-there waterfall but otherwise the scenery is beautiful! Just needs a good rain shower to get things flowing again.

nature trips
2 months ago

We went over Memorial Day weekend and it was beautiful! The waterfall is gorgeous.

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