Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in the Hot Springs area, Lake Catherine State Park features CCC/Rustic Style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Situated along the lakeshore are the park's 18 cabins that feature fully-equipped kitchens. Most have wood-burning fireplaces. The park's fully-accessible cabin, the Polly Crews Cabin, was designed in detail to serve the needs of visitors with disabilities. The cabin also includes its own private and fully-accessible fishing pier and boat dock. The 1,160-square-foot cabin is a design inspired by the rustic architectural designs of five other cabins in the park. An accessible parking space and path provide barrier-free access to the cabin. The two-bedroom cabin includes a bathroom offering both a spa tub and a roll-in shower. Just outside the cabin's screened porch overlooking the lake is a large flagstone patio with a picnic table and pedestal grill.

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2 days ago

Took my fur baby out today! It was amazing!!! I'm taking my kids next week!! It's not an easy trail so watch your step. But once you see the falls it's all worth it!!

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Best hike in Lake Catherine State Park. Features a tight ravine, some interesting rock outcrops, a medium-sized waterfall, and views of Lake Catherine. Overall, a little of everything in only 1.7 miles. I would rate the difficulty as moderate rather than easy because of the trail's rockiness: some of the old stone steps are really deteriorating. Make sure you follow the red blazes: two other trails start at the same trailhead.

I rate trails based on mobility considerations. On the app, this trail was listed as "easy" but it was not. I think I can unpack where the discrepancy lies.

We arrived at the trail head and took the appropriate trail according to the sign (marked with the red blaze). The trail had very challenging rock formations, steps etc... It made footwork very labor intensive and we had to be very slow and deliberate as we were concerned about safety. One can expect some of this, but it was way more than what an easy rated trail should be.

Approximately 3/4ths of the way from the end, we hit the smooth easy path near the falls and the campgrounds. Clearly, this is what some consider the Falls Branch Trail. From what I can surmise, this is only a portion of the trail.

If you're considering this trail, it is a great trail but it is not easy nor would I recommend it for anybody with mobility or balance concerns.

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29 days ago

Awesome time with the family. Went the 2 mile way. My 8year old loved it. Was easy with some rough areas. Just great site.

1 month ago

We loved this trail. The time by the creek and lake is just wonderful. My husband is a very experienced hiker and has hiked all over New Mexico, Colorado, and Montana. We agreed this should be ranked moderate rather than easy. Mostly because of all the places where it's hard to get footing. There's a few inclines, but nothing crazy. Also, I believe this trail is more like 2 miles rather than 1.6. We can't wait to do it again in the fall.