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
2,723 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)

2 months ago

By far my favorite state park and mountain. This is a beautiful hike with amazing views and plenty of wildlife to see. I suggest taking plenty of water and protein snacks if you plan to complete the entire 18 miles. Some may find areas a bit strenuous but over all a easy day long hike. Enjoy

3 months ago

A keeper, but with caveats. First, I suggest reversing the trail, starting at Cove Lake. (The trailhead is almost directly across from the Cove Lake entrance. If you do not want to pay the $5 fee for parking at the lake, there is room for two cars to park next to the trailhead.) Reasons to reverse the trail: its becomes up-down and you end up at the lake. The trail is 12+ miles one way. (I hiked only 4+ miles in.) Not a spectacular trail (at least the first 4 miles), but enjoyable.

4 months 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.

5 months ago

6 months ago

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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