Cove Lake Via Mt. Magazine Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews

Cove Lake Via Mt. Magazine Trail is a 18.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Paris, Arkansas that features a lake 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 but must be kept on leash.

18.7 miles
2723 feet
Out & Back

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Starting in the Cameron Bluff Campground, this trail descends over 1,500 feet to Cove Lake. Most of the trail is in the Ozark National Forest with only half of a mile in the state park boundaries. It can be hiked in a full day but is best enjoyed at a slower pace and offers some of the best hiking in Arkansas for beginning backpackers. Overnight camping is allowed in the national forest. Explore stands of virgin hardwoods. Watch for white-tailed deer and turkey. Hunting is allowed in the national forest so be aware of the seasons and wear bright colored clothing. Additional trails circle the lake, and the Forest Service Recreation Area at Cove Lake has camping, picnicking, and swimming. (White Diamond Blazes)

13 days ago

I guess you would consider the swimming area pretty big. If you’re a flea. The place was full of weird rednecks that were running around stealing things and a Sad&Angsty™️ worker that even helped one couple. RIP my donut raft (2018-2018). Gone but never forgotten.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Nice but not very scenic.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Very nice trail. Well blazed and cleared nicely. Camped between the 5 and 6 mile marker. Very good spot. A hike that can be done in a day, or take your time and do an overnighter like I did.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Nice trail. Best spot to camp, if hiking from top to bottom, is about .6 miles from second parking area. Great view of the stars, nice fire ring, and great flat spots near the edge for your tent/hammock. Be diligent with your bug spray and try to go before/after tick season.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

This is a nice trail, not too difficult. Views of the lake while hiking in and around the water.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016