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There was absolutely no water at the time we went, and the entire lake was a mud hole.

Really enjoyed this trip - hard to decide how to rate on difficulty though - easy roads most of it, but there are the creeks (I fell 3 times!) and it was really slippery getting to Big Creek Cave Falls...all of us there at the time (4) slipped down the hill a little. It's worth getting close, but be extra careful.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was great with a beautiful waterfall!!

hiking
1 month ago

We started this trail and hopped on Buckeye trail at the end. Caney Creek ran along the creek which didn’t make it a very moderate hike, a lot of the time we were walking on the valley. There were a few small water crossings, nothing extreme. If you take this trail I recommend hiking Buckeye at the end (there’s a decent pile of rocks to the right of a camping area heading up the mountain and that’s Buckeye trail).

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked the entire Buckeye/Caney East loop. The Caney Creek East trail, although quite a bit easier than the Buckeye trail, still has a few uphill/downhill sections that when worn out from the Buckeye trail will feel almost as challenging! But I’m sure avid hikers with well conditioned legs will find it rather easy. Very pretty walking along the creek. 3 easy crossings, just be cautious on the wet and slippery rocks. We had lots of rain the entire hike but it was still a very nice trail. Mostly clear with some downfall and lots of deep puddles when raining. Boots were full of water when we reached the car!
Fun times and beautiful area.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved the hike, the solidarity with nature, and was blessed by a waterfall!

hiking
1 month ago

We went in a counter clockwise direction. The first half had 7 stream crossings. There were places i was glad i had this app bc the trail markings were thin. The second half was extremely well marked and hilly. Beautiful mushrooms, lichen, trees. Heavy on the spiders. Good hike.

Beautiful waterfall..when you finally get to it. Once we crossed the creek we drove the 5.8 miles as instructed and saw no turn off. Finally turned around and found the 1113 maker turned halfway over and covered by brush. Instructions say 5.8 miles, was more like 4 from bridge. The trail head was clearly marked with the 1140 that a previous hiker mentioned. Trail down was nice and wide, pretty clear. The falls were beautiful and worth the drive.

backpacking
2 months ago

This was my first backpacking trip and so I might be slightly biased on the rating of 4 stars. It was a great first experience! Though, there were plenty of struggles along the way. My husband, who has been backpacking a few times before, said it was kind of a dud compared to other trips he's been on.

Pros:
*This trail isn't over traveled, especially on the week days. If you're looking to get away and be mostly alone, you won't meet too many people out there.
*There are some sites that were created for backpackers looking to stay in the back country, but you can just as easily create your own campsite and then leave no trace that you were there. One of the spaces that is created for back country camping is said to have Adirondack chairs built out of stone right along a creek that you can swim in. When you get about 2 miles in and reach the first sign on the trail, do not take the trail that goes up the hill, rather take the trail that verges away from the main trail. Not all of our group got to see this site. We camped about half a mile from there, because we didn't know about it. This would have been much preferred, if we had known about it!
*When you do get a chance to see a view of the mountains - it is gorgeous! There's a stretch where you can see the view through the trees right before you come back down the hill to the trail head.
*Wildlife - we didn't see any bears or any signs of bears. We did see a few white tail deer. We did not see any critters - raccoons, opossums, rabbits or squirrels. But there were plenty of bugs: mosquitoes, worms, millipedes, dung beetles, rhino beetles, lots of spiders (big and small), and hoverflies (flies that looks like bees). Spiderwebs on the trails were not very problematic either.

Cons:
*The dirt road to get to this trail is a little difficult in a car - it's a long dirt road, that winds up and down some pretty steep, rocky hills - but it is doable. Most people we saw back there had trucks or SUVs. You know you are starting to get close to the trail head when you have to drive across an area that flows with water. We did this in our car and we were completely fine! However, I would recommend being very careful if you're in a car and it is spring, when the waters may be much higher! There are some people who live back along the road so it appears to be pretty well-maintained. It's a beautiful drive, but definitely be careful driving over the rocks.
*Hiking this trail in the fall meant that water was fairly scarce if you didn't know where to go - as first timers, we didn't really know. Reaching a water source was very important for us and on a couple of different occasions, became a source of some concern. The places on the map where it said you should be crossing water and seeing water, did not have any water the majority of the time. These places were instead extremely rocky and sometimes very slick.
*Around the 3rd mile in, after seeing the sign that can take you to the creek, the main trail starts to climb. It is an uphill trek for what feels like an eternity and for what is really around about a mile. In terms of difficulty, when people say that this trail is moderate, I think the ratings are a bit skewed. The water crossings we did have were not bad! While crossing some of the slick, rocky areas was difficult, it was the uphill climb that made this trail difficult. Anyone seeking to do this trail, needs to know in advance that it is seriously a big heaping helping of SUCK. It's the part of the trail that makes you start to think about why you're doing what you're doing and whether or not it was a good decision to get out there and do it. That's the hill that tests your faith, endurance, and strength. BUT - if I could do it with a 35 pound pack on my back, ANYONE can do it!
*Poison Ivy was prevalent along the trail, as well as, some plants with thorns that overhang the trail.
*One of the main reasons we picked this trail is because we thought we would get to swim in a creek and see the old homesteads and cemetery. We saw some of these sites, but they really didn't end up being all that we had hoped for. It turned out that having a pack on, hiking and toughing it out with friends, setting up and tearing down camp, and just being out in nature was worth way more than the sites we had hoped to see.
*We weren't ready for the trip to end so soon. When we reached the second sign, we got a bit confused about where we were. We walked down the old horse road and ended up back at the car by surprise. We finished a day ahead of schedule. FYI there is ONLY ONE trail head. Take the trail to the right if you want your hike to continue.

There's so much more that could be said - ultimately, it was a great experience and a trail we would recommend, as long as you willing to embrace the suck that comes with the big uphill climb. It's beautiful countryside and well worth the effort and time! Enjoy!

This was a butt kicker. Definitely take trekking poles as everything is up or down at 20 degrees +. Plenty of places to get water to filter and camp sites. Be prepared to traverse streams and get your feet wet. FYI - Forest Road 38 is also Polk 83. I drove past it several times before I saw this. There is also a Caney Creek Wildlife Mgmt. Area sign.

Good luck!

backpacking
3 months ago

Completed this trail as part of the Eagle Rock Loop trail. Did in clockwise so I did the Athens-Big Fork trail going south to north.

Both Eagle Rock Vista and Brush Heap have side trails to overlooks which I highly recommend. Gorgeous views. Camped on top of Leader Mountain. There was a nice open spot with a firepit right when you get to the peak.

This was a great, challenging hike. Going south to north, I would say going up Leader Mountain was the most challenging section. Pretty sure it is not the longest incline but it was UP all the way.

Trekking poles are a must here in my opinion!

Great little hike downhill ... to get there. The reward is well worth the trek back up the hill.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a beautiful, easy trail with an 8 year old. We did it in two hikes, once from the south halfway out and back, and once from the north. There is a beautiful stream halfway in and piped water from a spring. On the south side there is a small dam that they have created a swimming area with.

hiking
4 months ago

decent trail beginner level, plenty of water and campsites
good for a day hike

By far my favorite state park and mountain. This is a beautiful hike with amazing views and plenty of wildlife to see. I suggest taking plenty of water and protein snacks if you plan to complete the entire 18 miles. Some may find areas a bit strenuous but over all a easy day long hike. Enjoy

On July 28, 2018, I drove to the trail. The trail head Was not located at the point to which AllTrails brought me. I found it about a half mile down the road. Great! After a fairly steep to send it down to a creek bed (about .3 mile), I lost the trail. The OHT? It must have been me. After looking for about 20–30 minutes, I decided to head back. I came across a rattlesnake that was a little testy about my presence. Even though my hike was aborted, the trail gets one star because I saw my first rattlesnake in the wild. Plus, a trail familiar to me, Spyrock, was nearby and provided a suitable adventure.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

A keeper, but with caveats. First, I suggest reversing the trail, starting at Cove Lake. (The trailhead is almost directly across from the Cove Lake entrance. If you do not want to pay the $5 fee for parking at the lake, there is room for two cars to park next to the trailhead.) Reasons to reverse the trail: its becomes up-down and you end up at the lake. The trail is 12+ miles one way. (I hiked only 4+ miles in.) Not a spectacular trail (at least the first 4 miles), but enjoyable.

hiking
5 months ago

The beginning of the trail is steep and sheer. I took 6 kids ages 17-9. They all loved the hike even if spots were tough. There are beautiful views, wildlife, and quartz rocks aplenty on the trail. Unfortunately there are parts of the trail that are very overgrown. The trail needs some maintenance.

camping
5 months ago

Gorgeous area for picnics and swimming. Man-made swimming area. No fish that I saw! Little steps and ladder to get in and out. Beach area. Within Charlton Campgrounds in Ouachita National Forest. $3 fee for use, free to campers. Great campground.

hiking
5 months ago

We did 2.4 miles in to the Forest Service road and back. A little overgrown at the top where many Pines are. Enjoyed the refreshing cool spring water. The path is easy to see but I would’ve rated it as moderate due to the elevation.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail head looks like a closed logging road not a trail head, i didnt know i was on an actual trail until i could hear the waterfall, the trail itself is dismal, unmaintained, and over grown in many sections. As a result i was picking ticks off the entire way. The waterfall itself was decent but not worth the hike

I guess you would consider the swimming area pretty big. If you’re a flea. The place was full of weird rednecks that were running around stealing things and a Sad&Angsty™️ worker that even helped one couple. RIP my donut raft (2018-2018). Gone but never forgotten.

I’m still in shock that I’ve been coming to Gunner Pool my entire life and never knew this amazing spot existed! Yes, the road down to Gunner off 14 is rough, but I remember back to when it was one lane the whole way and would almost knock the tires off a pick up truck! I made the trek today in a 2 wheel drive GMC Acadia and was fine-just take your time. The initial turnoff wasn’t hard to find but the actual trailhead was a little confusing for me because the marker didn’t call it a “horse trail” it said “walk in for turkey hunters”. Anyway, I gave it a shot after noticing the letter A hammered into a tree. The abandoned road was grassy, but nothing major. I used plenty of DEET because I’m living with Lyme disease that I most certainly picked up here in AR-just beware. The creek bed was dry so the first waterfall on the right before the road curves back to the left (Mud Springs) was not flowing-in high water you can hear it and trek off to see an additional falls! After crossing the dry creek bed it got pretty wooly, but still nothing unmanageable. When I finally got to the falls I lost my breath for a moment at the sheer untouched beauty. I literally hit my knees and said a prayer of thanks for such a masterpiece! I can’t to share this 60 foot hidden gem with my daughters!

Easy hike, very nice tree shade canopy

It was great just a long drive to get to the trailhead.

hiking
6 months ago

great for a morning hike, excellent veiw points

what breath taking trail...

great for your family very nice.

hiking
7 months ago

Hiked only 3 miles near the Cossatot falls and my tracker logged it as climbing 36 flights of stairs. Narrow trail very close to drop offs in many areas by the falls so those with young children should beware. Bridges over streams make for an easy impromptu hike. Lovely overlooks. Clean, well maintained trail

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