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.

Great little hike, very scenic.

hiking
19 days ago

Great trail, very well marked

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
3 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
4 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
4 months ago

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!

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is maintained for the most part. Towards the end it's grow up a tad but not to bad. Nice swimming area shortly after starting the trail but nothing farther along. Completed with two dogs and a 8 year old. I'd definitely do this trail again

Amazing!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty easy, good trail if you're already in the area. There is a cool gravel beach you can walk down to off the trail and go swimming. Finished the trail at dusk and walked up on many deer.

on Caddo Bend Trail

7 months ago

A friend and I did this hike today. It was extremely HOT, 97 degrees. It was great though, we stopped and took a dip in the lake and laid in the sun.

7 months ago

Easy loop under complete shade. We enjoyed learning about the local plants and wildlife. Not much else to see.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail, well marked with great lake views. Saw numerous deer. The trail is very rocky in places but not enough to be a show stopper.

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