Fun to hike...whether you want a short family hike, you want to hit Quachita Trail go miles & miles (9 or so) then run off the end of the pier into beautiful Lake Sylvia at the campgrounds. Great for yoga paddle boarding; learning to yak or paddle board or float on tubes with kids or just swimming on the glass of water. Very pretty!
Short trail, good for small kids. Trail is not heavily used and could use a bit of love, but overall OK. There are no picturesque overlooks, just a walk in the woods. Interpretive signs along the trails describe different tree species that are in this forest. Note that the Forest Service trail map indicates that this trail is 0.4-miles in length, but my GPS and a guidebook both indicate the total trail length at 0.6-miles.
Jill H. on Lake Sylvia Trail
Overgrown in many spots; sad to see the trash dumped in the water. Very quiet and peaceful place with lots of crystals along the walkway.
Not easy to follow without this app, resulted in extra 2 miles of hiking. Many overgrown areas, trees down over trail, lots of greenery across trail. Some difficult areas to navigate with rocky inclines. Only saw one other hiker the entire time. Enjoyed ourselves overall.
Started at the end of loop a camp sites, around the lake to the dam. Then up the hill to the back side of wildlife loop, then the backside of chinquapin loop to the spur to the overlook. The Chinquapin spur trail is grown up and hard to follow at times, still worth the trek to go to the overlook. The back and hit the ORNT to lake sylvia spur. all in all a good hike.
I took the loop starting at the trail head and headed across the road and looped back around, finishing at the lake. Great hike along the stream. The overlook was grown up and the view was blocked by the trees. Neat view of the lake at the end of the loop. Nice little day hike.
Great views from Chinquapin Overlook (nice lunch spot)! Eastern segments of Wildlife Loop and Chinquapin Loop are particularly scenic. Segment of Lake Sylvia Loop from Wildlife Loop to dam is a highlight of this trail complex, which is one of our favorites! Looking forward to exploring Camp Ouachita Historic Site next time out. Trees of the Forest Interpretive Trail was more interesting (and longer) than anticipated -- a nice cool-down.