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Caddo Bend Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mountain Pine, Arkansas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 485 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Getting There

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, One Capitol Mall , Little Rock, AR, 72201, Phone: 501-682-7777

Directions from Hot Springs: Travel three miles west on U.S. 270, then go 12 miles north on Arkansas Hwy. 227 to the park.

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Yulma V
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HikingGreat!
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Tiffany Davis
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HikingGreat!

This was a well maintained trail with several benches throughout if you need a break. The inclines weren’t bad and the trail had plenty of markers to guide you.

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Katelynn Kellogg
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HikingGreat!

This is an awesome trail. I love loop trails. It has enough shade to keep you relatively cool throughout, and plenty of places to stop for a rest. Unfortunately there weren’t any spots to really stop and swim, which I was expecting as it goes around a lake, but there were a lot of great views. First half of the trail was my favorite. It is definitely moderate to strenuous! I didn’t see any wildlife, which I’m okay with, but there was a lot of dragonflies out there!

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Melissa Geise
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Cons: rocky and a lot of uphill/downhill, spotty cell signal if you care about that Pros: great views, well marked, not crowded at all, benches for breaks, good spots to get in the water and hammock (mostly in the first 2 miles)

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Melanie Mellinger
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Awesome trail! Most of the picture, view, river front and hammock spots are in the first half of the trail. Very rocky at points and lots of up and downs. Enjoyable for beginners if they want to take their time and get a sweaty workout and probably easier for experienced hikers.

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Juicy Cross
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HikingGreat!

Awesome trail. Exactly 4 miles. Mostly wooded and rocky, with some flat parts. Plenty of side trails down to the lake for a chance to cool off.

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Lorena Ocampo
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Hermoso camino y vista

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Amanda Gaines
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Ashley Allen
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Nature tripsRocky

Very pretty and has a point where you can go down to the lake with beautiful rocks. I would consider this more moderately hard because of the terrain, length of the trail, rocks, and it’s constantly up and down hill. If you do trails or hike a lot, this may be easy. If you don’t, it may be a little difficult. Beautiful trail though.

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Karen Evans
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Great trail, well marked - beautiful views of the lake, trees, and rock formations. We also saw 6 deer. There is a little overlook with a picnic table halfway through that made for a great place to eat our lunch. There are lots of perfect places to hammock too.

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Beatriz Lourido
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail with a variety of scenery. You. An find an abundance of trees, rocky paths and beautiful bright green moss trail. Many lake views all around and plenty of areas to take a plunge and refresh. Loved it!

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Laura Lacy
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Y Marie Marchal
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Beautiful scenery and quiet. I went at daybreak and It was so peaceful. I would recommend hiking boots as there are a lot of rocks on the path. Would hike it again in a heartbeat!!

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Amelia C
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Well marked & well maintained. Rocky, but this trail is definitely not strenuous.

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Denis Akhiyarov
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RunningRocky

Too scary to run early morning alone due to extensive wildlife and too many rocks on the trail. Some flies attacking me on the second half.

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Keaton Land
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Hiking

Such a great hike and workout! Nice scenery, some interesting plants, rocks, and lake views. Didn’t see much wildlife. Ouachita is just beautiful, though.

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Maranda Fay
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Hiking

Overall a good trail with some great views of the water. The trail is easy to follow and has yellow markers on trees to keep users from getting lost. I noticed in the first half mile or so that there are a few pieces of rebar sticking up from the soil about an inch or two. Probably from old water bars or wooden steps. Nothing to worry about too much, but might pose as a tripping hazard for someone who’s not paying attention or children. I’d recommend trying to make it out to the trail in time to watch the sunset, or maybe even sunrise. Would probably give some amazing views!

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Kayla Karl
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Loved this trail. It is moderately hard with some rough terrain, but the views are so worth it. I took my mom with me whose a beginner and she made it with no trouble. I would recommend bringing plenty of water and maybe a snack because it takes a couple of hours or more to complete the loop. Check your maps before you get to the park because you will lose service and not have it for a while. The trail is clearly marked so it’s hard to get lost, which is a plus!

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Alyson H
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Etienne Joseph III
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Evan Morris
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Good trail, lots of up and down elevation. trail is pretty well marked but can be hard to follow at times. Can be a lot of boat noises depending in time. You'll probably want some hiking poles as well. lot of rough rocky spots from time to time as well.

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sarah dunn
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A challenging (at times) but well-marked trail. Beautiful views of the lake/forest, and lightly traveled! We (my boyfriend & our two dogs) got to the trail around 10:30am on Sunday morning and saw less than 5 others on the trail. Definitely recommend.

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Emily Le
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This trail is probably not for the inexperienced hiker (like myself). we went counterclockwise like many suggested and the first part up to the observation deck was nice. We saw deer and plenty of birds. Nice views of the lake with some tricky parts of terrain. The rest of the hike wasn't as exciting. I'm not a huge fan of bugs and boy were there plenty (especially flying around the head). Not a lot to see along the trails during this part of the hike, with a lot of challenging slopes and descending parts. I recommend bringing a walking stick, if not for traversing then for clearing spider webs in front of you. There were two or three benches and easy places to rest in the hike before the observation deck, whereas there was only one for the rest of the hike. It was beautiful but definitely taxing. Come prepared with lots of nice cold water. We started at 8am on a Sunday and did not encounter anyone else on the trail.

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marine pascetta
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It was a great trail , plenty shade. The views of the lake are really nice . Few spot to take a dip in the water on the first part of the trail if you want to swim . Saw a couple of hikers only because we stop for 30 min to enjoy the water otherwise nobody . This is a very calm lake , on the morning only 2 boat were here so almost silent . Recommend . No much wildlife only a couple of deer.

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Theresa Clarke
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This is a very nice, well-maintained trail around the perimeter of a peninsula into beautiful Lake Ouachita. We saw a few deer, a pair of red-headed woodpeckers, and a tarantula. The trail is easy to get to, and I was surprised not to see one other hiker on the 4-mile trail. Recommend.

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Lauren Baker
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I really enjoyed this hike. I love looking up at the mountains. It was rocky like most other posts said but not crazily so like a mountain hike would be. There are certainly some ups and downs but they aren’t too steep. It’s definitely worth it for the views.

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Katie Wiesehan
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Amazing trail! Great views of the lake!

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