Caddo Bend Trail

MODERATE 147 reviews

Caddo Bend Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately 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.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
485 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

1 month ago

Wonderful First Day hike! Or anytime of year!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail as part of a first day hike. This was a really well maintained trail. Marking were easy to follow. There was quite a bit of rocky terrain and some ups and downs but overall not too bad. Still a fairly easy hike. The views of lake Ouachita are beautiful. The latter part of the hike you get to see the forest covered in moss. Very pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Beautiful views. Pretty well marked, just follow the yellow arrows in the trees and yellow paint markings.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail!!

hiking
2 months ago

It is a beautiful hike but you have to be careful because it’s mostly all rock. It has great scenery if you stop and look. I would say it’s hard for beginners that’s not use to hiking. I’ve done it twice.

2 months ago

Did this trail couple of weeks back during fair weather (55) and started around 3pm. this I'd a fairly easy hike with amazing view of Ouachita Lake. Got to see the sunset and it was a decent hike back in time before it was dark. The office near the trailhead had clean restrooms and water with nice staff. Definitely recommend this hike.

2 months ago

One of my all time favorites!

2 months ago

Excellent trail. Very maintained and marked well. The park staff were very nice and approachable

3 months ago

Good trail. Colors should really peak in the next week or so

3 months ago

stunning in the fall foilage. highly recommend

3 months ago

Good trek. Well marked.

3 months ago

Great trail with the family with doggie clean up bags at the trail head!

3 months ago

Great trail. Great view!

hiking
4 months ago

Exactly what you’d be expecting for a moderate loop hike. It was a good time! Well maintained — just watch the trees for the yellow markers and your good to go. Second half of the hike you can’t see the water at all, but if you did the loop backwards there’s a very steep gravel hill that you probably don’t want to go down, so I’d stick with going the regular route. If I could go back, I would go the regular route to the lookout point and then then around and go back on the same path. Same distance as the entire trail would be, but you get the view the entire time.

Took a little less than 2 hours and we did it in the morning, finishing at 11am, which was really nice because the sun wasn’t beating down and the trees provided the shade.

Also super nice that it’s so close to the visitor’s center to use the restroom, cool down, and fill up with water when you’re done.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with 2-4 service road exits. Be sure to wear hiking shoes or boots. The terrain is Rocky. Walking poles would be helpful also. There are several lake view spots. The last time we hiked here we saw 3 Young bucks. It took us 2 hours to complete the 4 mile loop.

6 months ago

loved this trail! we saw lots of deer, great lake views. we finished this trail in about 2.5 hours, taking a few breaks due to the heat.

7 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful views! Loved it!

7 months ago

beautiful hike! didnt see one person the entire way. bring a TON of water, sunscreen, and light clothing. i hiked this trail around 3pm and the sun and heat was almost unbearable. not a good first time hike and not for unexperienced hikers.

hiking
7 months ago

My husband and I (50+) enjoyed our time on this trail. It was a good cardio/leg workout. We saw a mother deer and her two foal, and a snake. It was lying atop a mossy rock right after the overlook. It was the same color green.
The difference between the tornado ravaged area and the untouched area was varied.
This was a long hike that provided beautiful and varied scenic looks.

hiking
7 months ago

The entire State Park is very well-kept. The trail is very clean and provides a great view of the lake! The loop provides various changes in scenery and a lot of wildlife! The hike was moderate, with a few decent inclines, taking 3-4 hours. I would not recommend bringing small children or as a first hike.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a fun little trail that I enjoyed early in the morning before it got too hot. Beautiful views of the lake and dense forest. Lots of educational signs giving history and information about the area all along the way. Nice places to step off-trail and swim in the lake. Just a great little hike.

hiking
7 months ago

amazing loop

7 months ago

Perfect Day Hike! We saw several deer along the way!

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous area with clearly marked trail. Not too strenuous, only two areas with a fairly steep incline but not too bad.

hiking
8 months ago

This is a great trail with nice views of the lake. It is not strenuous or hard. It is a well maintained trail and easy to follow.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail offers great views of Lake Ouachita and the Ouachita mountains. This trail is well maintained and marked. Interpretive signs along the trail add to the experience. We first hiked this trail in 2012 as it was recovering from tornado damage the year before. It’s come a long way since.

9 months ago

This was a great little trail! The frequent views of the lake were stunning. For me, it was just the right difficulty level- difficult enough that it didn’t feel like just a walk, but easy enough that I wasn’t completely worn out at the end.

10 months ago

Extremely well maintained trail; fairly well marked. Absolutely fantastic views and enough elevation changes to keep it interesting.

10 months ago

I was concerned this would be a very strenuous trail, but it was definitely doable. Gorgeous views and enough challenges to keep it interesting.

11 months ago

Great little hike, very scenic.

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