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.

trail running
6 days ago

Not too technical. The sounds of falling water are so peaceful. Not too busy in November.

Still a little early for any views. Good workout though.

Easy, scenic trail

Very pretty trail, watch your steps with rocks and stumps. Overall easy trail

Just after the rain! An excellent trail!

Difficult steep hills but loved it. The descent is a bit tricky for the knees but I was still enjoyable.

hiking
1 month ago

This is Lake Catherine State Park's most popular trail. I hiked it on September 15 thinking I'd have it to myself due to the high heat and humidity. Not to be. There were MANY people out and about on this trail. It was very beautiful and the creek waters were crystal clear! I loved this short hike immensely. The suspension bridge was fun and the falls were flowing. I saw a snake and lots of pretty things.

I completed this trail on September 15 and hiked it primarily as a conditioning hike. It is somewhat steep going up but once on top, it's a flat easy hike. Leaf off hasn't happened yet so views were still obstructed. Saw some wildlife....turtle, deer and a chipmunk. It was hot and humid. Not too much to see really. Just a hike in the woods.

hiking
2 months ago

Wow! What a gorgeous hike! Prepare for protruding roots, steep rocks, and absolute beauty!

Really pretty, would be stunning in the fall with the color change. I don’t think I would have rated this as easy, there are some steep areas that you do have to watch your footing with. My parents, dog, and I enjoyed it and it got our heart rate up. The falls weren’t full at all but it hadn’t rained in a while.

Just finished this Labor Day with my dog. Take plenty of water, no water access in trail. Stopped several times for water breaks and it took about two hours, I wasn’t in a hurry. I wasn’t overly impressed, it’s a decent trail through the woods but I didn’t see any great views. It’s pretty steep going in but manageable.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail, completed Labor Day with my dog. There are a few challenging, rocky spots but not too bad. It is the most popular trail at the park, so quite a few people. The falls were pretty non existent due to no rain this summer but still a nice spot. If the falls are all you’re interested in, take a left at the trailhead and go clockwise- it’s much shorter.

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.

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!!

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
4 months 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!

Beautiful trail. .25 mile in we came across a doe and her fawn. Trail could be better marked at the boulders. Not much shade halfway through the trail. Bring lots of water!

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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.

on Falls Branch Trail

4 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful trail! I'm heavier set so it was a little hard for me.. don't let that differ you! so worth it in the end!! we went up the mountain and down it.. the water fall was amazing!

6 months ago

Trail itself was great. But i was really hoping for a full waterfall, maybe in the spring.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail! Take your water!! You're going to need it once youve hit the dam. If you take a dog, take it for them also. No water source after you cross over and back across the creek. Its a quick 1.5 hour round trip hike with a couple of water break stops. You can take longer around the bluff for hammocking and climbing down to the lake and back up!! It's a free climb! Great trail, except going into summer, trail gets high with grass, ticks and lots of snakes too!

Not a bad trail at all. Hike is fairly uphill in segments, with leveled out areas for views of lake and distant mountains. Roughly takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete entire trail. If you take your dog, take water for them. No water source on this trail at all, unless you got the falls after trail completed. Overall easy for me!!!

Beautiful!

on Falls Branch Trail

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic hiking trail and easy for older dogs. Went early and had the trail to ourself.

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