Buckeye and Caney Creek Loop

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Mena, Arkansas

Buckeye and Caney Creek Loop is a 10.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mena, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length10.5 miElevation gain1,637 ftRoute typeLoop
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Bill Boughton
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Outstanding. Challenging ascent for first two miles. Then beautiful views from mountain and impressive rock formations. Then beautiful and easy 5+ mile return hike next to beautiful, clear water Caney creek.

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Melonie Caudle
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What a GREAT trail!! Did the trail clockwise because of some great recommendations on reviews. That was SMART! As the first mile up to Buckeye TH would have been uphill. I really wish that I would have broken the trail up and did each section in and out individually. The caney creek trail was lush, beautiful and peaceful. A very easy hike to the falls. And then I started the Buckeye Mountain trail. After walking 5 miles...the trek to the top was pretty intense...I am a novice hiker and just getting into hiking. So I’m sure it’s fine for the experienced hikers. I made it but I wasn’t able to enjoy it as much..my legs were exhausted. Lol. The two trails were like two different worlds. One lush, peaceful and calm (Caney) and the other arduous yet EXTREMELY rewarding when made it to the top (Buckeye). Views were incredible! I loved both sections...but would have loved to split them up and done in and outs in 2 days. Tons of great camping spots. Hubby and I will do a overnight backpacking trip next time and camp in the 1/2 way point. So pretty! Also...definitely bring 2 L of water!! Thanks to the veterans below for that tidbit! It saved me!! I had plenty of water.

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Dawson Reddin
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Just got off this trail this weekend. Was a fantastic overnighter with great views and plenty of camping spots along the creek. If your looking at doing this trail you can check out the video I just did of it on YouTube at Dredd Tactical Outdoors. Hope you have a good trip. See you on the trail!

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Mickie Gould
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We did the Buckeye trail to the falls. It was amazing! Beautiful! However we did not take enough water and were pretty thirsty by the time we got to the falls. Will know better next time.

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Amy Scott
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The wildflowers were in bloom and the weather was perfect. We camped near the waterfall alone. Trail markers have been removed and blazes also covered by dark paint but the trail is simple and easy to follow.

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Irene Ogeto
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This was a beautiful hike! Be prepared to take off your shoes for the river crossings. Did this hike clock-wise direction. The first part is mostly flat until you get to Buckeye Mountain. Definitely loved this hike and would do it again. You need at least 2 liters of water.

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David Haddock
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This was a great choice for the first hike of the year. Short not to hard trail with awesome views. Look forward to hiking this area more.

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Shon Foreman
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Great trail with a little of everything. typical Ouachita style trail. can be done as a day hike or stay and camp out. Easy to navigate although not marked in traditional fashion. watch the rock cairns near the spur to the waterfall. That's literally the only place anyone could possibly get confused if the dont know/understand trail markings. Beautiful views and plenty of water.

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Samantha Baker
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This trail is a beautiful hike!! Several creek crossings but they were easily done with the help of some well placed rocks. The trail is rated as hard, but it definitely was more of an easy hike. The only downfall, is the last mile and a half is a dreadful uphill climb up a gravel road. Maybe that’s where the hard part came in. Wish the loop would have continued back to the trail head instead of ending on the road. Would definitely recommend doing the hike clockwise instead of counter clock wise.

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Bruce Hagins
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Hugh Benfer
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This past weekend we took on the Buckeye/ Caney Creek Loop. The weather was perfect on Saturday - sunny and no wind. We started at the Caney Creek Trailhead and hiked UP! the road to the Buckeye Trailhead and went from there. The next few miles, following the Buckeye Mountain Ridgeline, were filled with spectacular views! We will be coming back next fall during peak foliage as the Buckeye Trail has ample vistas of the surrounding area. Very close to the intersection of the Caney Creek Trail and Buckeye is Katy Falls which is a great place to fill water bottles after the past 3-4 miles of the Buckeye Trail were completely dry. Katy Falls is also a great place to stop for a rest and take some pictures and I'd imagine an awesome spot to take a dip in the summer! We hiked onwards for around a mile on the loop until we found a good spot to spend the evening and set up camp. We got a fire going and enjoyed each others company. In the morning we got up early and hiked out. Overall this is a very scenic and enjoyable hike. It could easily be done as a day hike or an overnight stay depending on what you're looking to do. Great trail - can't wait to hike it again.

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Woodson H. Iker
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Janie Price
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Jeff Sinnott
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Trail was in much better shape since summer storm that took an extraordinary amount of trees down. Thank you to the crew that cleared the fallen trees. Great hike on a beautiful day!

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Jack Varble
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David Sevier
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Jason Agee
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Great trail.

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Jonathan Thrift
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Trail was awesome. We backpacked in early November and the trail was clear of brush. Beautiful waterfall and great views from the top! Parked at Caney Creek Trailhead and went counter clockwise. Hiked up the road to Buckeye Trailhead and went about 8 miles before we camped that night. Finished off the last 2 miles in the morning. The AllTrails map says 11.3 miles, but that is not correct. I logged 10.2 miles on my GPS and so did another backpacker from our group.

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Katherine Butta
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Great hike!! We started the opposite way this map flows - clockwise instead of counter clockwise. We stopped and camped at the waterfall and then continued the next day. First day the trail had plenty of water. We stopped and ate next to a steam and continued on our way. We got to a sign (only one we saw) that pointed us straight to continue on New Caney or up to Buckeye. Apparently if you continue you end up far from your car so don’t go that way!! Went Buckeye and found our camping spot next to the waterfall. Did some swimming. GREAT place to camp!! Next day we got up and continued hiking. Follow the map to find the trail, but you continue from the waterfall spot. Don’t go back to the sign and try and figure it out. Just keep going. Make sure you load up on water because there is no water until you get back to your car If you go this way and I can get hot. Views at the top are awesome!!!

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Aminah C
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Ike Mutabanna
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Brice Gibbs
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I hiked the Buckeye and Caney Creek Loop today. I started at the East Caney Creek trailhead, and hiked the loop to the Buckeye Mountain trailhead and on back down to the Caney Creek trailhead for the finish. If I had it to do over again, I would start at the Buckeye Mountain trail first to get that out if the way first. It is definitely the more difficult section of the loop. Fantantic views, and enough solitude to provide a lot of happiness. That's what this loop offers.

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Nate Cook
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Lots of fun! My first time backpacking in a while. Nice trail, good company, no complaints!

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Jennifer Beals
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Very pretty views but overgrown between Buckeye Mountain peak and Caney Creek trail especially. Lots of tall and thorny shrubs to wade through, plus a narrow, rocky trail make that section a challenge. Plus we went off-trail awhile after Katy falls, which didn't help (it's just an out and back spur to the falls). Long pants, treking pole, bug spray, and water are essential. Also great plant and insect diversity to observe.

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Jennifer Beals
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Definitely needs maintenance. Lots of downed trees along the creek, and going up past the buckeye turnoff continuing on the caney creek trail has not been maintained for some time. Many downed trees involve leaving the trail, which can be hard to keep track of. Many creek crossings, but they were doable in early October. It was a pretty area despite the bushwhacking. Bring a machete (especially for the bamboo section).

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Jennifer Beals
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Really nice trail. In the first 2.1 miles to our campsite (nice established one by a larger stream crossing) there were just a few ascents as the trail mostly followed and crossed some small sections of creek. There were also campsites at 0.99mi and a nicer one at 1.25 miles in. Very pretty area.

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Joshua Zurel
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hiked counterclockwise from Buckeye. I recommend leaving your bags there and the parking at the East Caney Creek trailhead, then hike back up to buckeye. it's about a mile and all up hill. Buckeye was really overgrown. Fun time and the creek was great.

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