Buckeye and Caney Creek Loop

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Buckeye and Caney Creek Loop is a 11.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mena, Arkansas that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,666 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

hiking
rocky
4 days ago

Awesome trail. We did it as an overnighter. The climb up buckeye is no joke!

backpacking
20 days ago

Awesome. Do it. I’ve marked campsites along the way if you want to backpack it.

hiking
23 days ago

Fantastic trail and conditions. Did the trail counter clockwise, parked at East Caney TH, walked up road to Buckeye, and hiked Buckeye to East Caney and back to the car. Completed the hike in six hours including a decent amount of time at Katy Falls. Tips: definitely go counter clockwise, unless you want to end with challenging uphill (followed by a boring road-walk downhill). If you hit the Buckeye/Caney Creek Trails junction without seeing Katy Falls you’ve gone too far. Katy is about a quarter mile before the junction. Best way to do this hike is with two cars, park one at Caney and one at Buckeye to start the hike (then you can skip the road walk). Camping at Shady Lake makes for a great home base for this hike.

hiking
29 days ago

Gnarly. 10/10 would shred again.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Me and a buddy broke it into a two day hike and camped near Katy Falls. The were some pretty strenuous parts on the Buckeye Mountain part but once in the bottoms it was easy going! Brings a good bit of water because you wont fine anywhere to refill bottles until the fourth mile or so. Highly recommend this trail for someone looking for a bit of a challenge!

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
2 months ago

DO NOT HIKE BUCKEYE. Did Buckeye on 8/21 and is severely overgrown. Have poison ivy all over my legs. Trail was moderately difficult, and the caney creek trail was better in terms of being overgrown but was not very well traveled. Recommend only doing caney creek down and back.

hiking
4 months ago

We had a great trip! The trail is very overgrown on the buckeye side as of the July 4th weekend. This was our first trip backpacking trip and we underestimated how difficult it would be. We parked at the buckeye trail head and hiked all the way to Katy falls and camped above the falls. * cell service was spotty on buckeye **One important note is there is nowhere to get water until Katy falls so fill up before you leave the car. We were almost all out by the time we made it. The views were amazing and the falls didn’t disappoint. We had a couple trash pandas annoy us late that night but the sound of the falls lulled is back to sleep quickly. The fireflies were one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen. Walking out the east Caney creek side was a different kind of beautiful as you follow the creek for most of the trip. We did get turned around at the intersection of buckeye /Caney and took west Caney creek trail for a half mile or so before we figured it out. *no cell service on Caney at all

5 months ago

There's a man who is missing on this trail as of July 3rd 2019. If you think about going just know it's a little busy right now. pray they find him.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail but very challenging on the buckeye half. The waterfall is well worth it. Bring plenty of water if starting at Buckeye, no water until 4.5 miles in at the falls. The trails are overgrown and we identified several deer tick (they carry like disease). Protect yourself and check for ticks frequently. So many great camping spots. Several water crossing that require waterproof shoes.

backpacking
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

Great trail but not for the faint of heart.

backpacking
bugs
over grown
5 months ago

Easy to find and get to. Buckeye section is a bit tough, caney creek section is pretty easy. Be prepared for ticks.

backpacking
6 months ago

Fun weekend trip within driving distance of DFW. The trail doesn't have any marking but it's pretty easy to follow the path. Plenty of water on the southern half. No campsites near the trail head so if you show up late you'll be hiking in the dark for a while.

11 months ago

Great remote loop. Saw more deer than people. Trail was marked well enough.

hiking
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hiking
5 months ago

recorded Buckeye and Caney Creek Loop

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