Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline. Located just a short drive from the spa city of Hot Springs on the lake's eastern shore, Lake Ouachita State Park is your gateway to this popular water sports lake.

hiking
25 days ago

Exactly what you’d be expecting for a moderate loop hike. It was a good time! Well maintained — just watch the trees for the yellow markers and your good to go. Second half of the hike you can’t see the water at all, but if you did the loop backwards there’s a very steep gravel hill that you probably don’t want to go down, so I’d stick with going the regular route. If I could go back, I would go the regular route to the lookout point and then then around and go back on the same path. Same distance as the entire trail would be, but you get the view the entire time.

Took a little less than 2 hours and we did it in the morning, finishing at 11am, which was really nice because the sun wasn’t beating down and the trees provided the shade.

Also super nice that it’s so close to the visitor’s center to use the restroom, cool down, and fill up with water when you’re done.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a beautiful hike with 2-4 service road exits. Be sure to wear hiking shoes or boots. The terrain is Rocky. Walking poles would be helpful also. There are several lake view spots. The last time we hiked here we saw 3 Young bucks. It took us 2 hours to complete the 4 mile loop.

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.

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
3 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

amazing loop

on Caddo Bend Trail

3 months ago

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

on Caddo Bend Trail

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

This is a great trail with nice views of the lake. It is not strenuous or hard. It is a well maintained trail and easy to follow.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail offers great views of Lake Ouachita and the Ouachita mountains. This trail is well maintained and marked. Interpretive signs along the trail add to the experience. We first hiked this trail in 2012 as it was recovering from tornado damage the year before. It’s come a long way since.

This was a great little trail! The frequent views of the lake were stunning. For me, it was just the right difficulty level- difficult enough that it didn’t feel like just a walk, but easy enough that I wasn’t completely worn out at the end.

Extremely well maintained trail; fairly well marked. Absolutely fantastic views and enough elevation changes to keep it interesting.

I was concerned this would be a very strenuous trail, but it was definitely doable. Gorgeous views and enough challenges to keep it interesting.

Great little hike, very scenic.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, very well marked

Probably one of my favorite trails around trails around Hot Springs! Make sure you bring a camera!

hiking
8 months ago

Fun trail, nice views, little cell service. It was great

hiking
9 months ago

Puppy friendly, lots of ups and downs but the views are pretty amazing all along the path.

Very well kept trail and beautiful scenery!

hiking
10 months ago

beautiful day for a hike. a little hilly but the views were all worth it!!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery! The kids joined along! Had a great time!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful scenery! A walking stick came in handy in some rocky places and during steep descents.

Truly one of if not the Best trail in Arkansas

wonderful trail. the views of the lake were abundant. park service also put up some great plaques that give a hiker some good scientific and historical factoids. just know the trail is challenging with some steep ascents and descents. plus it's a rugged trail. wear sturdy boots.

hiking
11 months ago

Lots of beautiful scenery, and lots of up and over hills. There's interesting information on the trail about the after effects of a tornado touching down in the area some years back. Nice boulder field.

We took our 6 and 8 year old for this hike, accomplished it right at 2 hours. The scenery was great and it was the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. We will definitely do this again.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

make sure your phone is charged, you're going to want to take pictures! it has an amazing lakescape... beautiful views! Wear comfortable appropriate shoes, some parts are a little unstable. it took us 2 hours. Take water!

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