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.

hiking
3 days 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
5 days 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
7 days 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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
2 months ago

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

My son and I hiked this trail this weekend after almost 2 inches of rain the night before. The fall creek was high and moving. There was a lot of water on the trail and a few places where we had to cross the creek. Our feet were soaked. It was worth it. Overall an easy hike with great views.

hiking
4 months ago

LOVED this trail. The terrain was varied and interesting, walking most of the trail by the creek was perfect, and the waterfall was gorgeous. You even get to hike back on a bluff next to the lake. Perfect distance for families and dogs too. Would do this hike again for sure!

hiking
4 months ago

beautiful day. relaxing hike. hike the loop in a clockwise direction for a steep climb and a gradual descent.

Absolutely beautiful scenery !!

This is a really fun shorter trail! It is a loop trail and there are areas that are steep and can be slick during/after rain, but this is the best time to see a good flow on the waterfall.
However, you can do an in & out hike from the campground to the waterfall that is very easy and would be good for kids.. supension bridge included!

Easy trail and beautiful waterfall!

**This is NOT a hiking trail. This is a RIVER FLOAT.**

Trip is good for both the experienced and inexperienced alike. Don't expect to catch fish during peak float season with all the traffic on and in the water. It is, however, a great float for a little fun in the sun!

hiking
5 months ago

An excellent trail for beginners. We went when there was a freeze and got to enjoy some frozen waterfalls.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved hiking this trail, to the waterfall and my 2 year old did very well, with this trail!

love it, come here as often as I can

This was a nice trail for a morning jog. the longer Dam trail is better for scenery.

Went hiking with our dogs, loops around, the first .75 of a mile is a hike up but the views from the top are worth it.

This trail was a pleasurable generally mild hike with some mild bouldering & a beautiful moderately sized waterfall.

hiking
7 months ago

Good hike but a little hard to follow in some spots during the fall when the ground is covered in fallen leaves.

Good trail but there were no flowing water, would try in a different season.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Not what I’d classify as easy if you do the entire thing. Beautiful views and challenging enough to make it fun. Our dog loved it, too!

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